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the book more extensively adopted in the United States than any other, the English Reader, we have a series of grave didactic, and dry argumentative pieces, which a person of mature and cultivated understanding, might read with instruction and interest; but, which quite transcend the range of thought and information, ordinarily seen in children. Whatever is unintelligible, is necessarily uninteresting, and can only be read mechanically. The consequence is, that after using such a book for a few months, the pupil becomes fixed in a habit of reading with total inattention to the sense and spirit of the piece, and with a hum-drum monotony, that defies correction or change ever afterwards.

The first and indispensable requisite in a reading book is, that it be intelligible by the pupil ; and the second, that the pieces be of a character to interest his feelings and engage his attention. These two points secured, another, of nearly equal importance, claims attention ;--that the pieces be adapted to the cultivation and exercise of the voice, in all the variety of inflections and tones, which belong to just, natural, and impressive elocution.

To be a good reader, is to be capable of reading with propriety, every species of composition whatsoever. Hence, the importance of as great a variety in the matter selected as possible, affording the widest scope for varied modulation, and the expression of the numberless emotions and passions of the mind.

It is believed, that the intermixture of pieces of all the different kinds, and especially, the numerous select passages interspersed through this book, present a greater variety, and a selection better suited to the purposes of a reading book, than any compilation which has yet been published.

The select paragraphs, which are inserted at the end of the lessons, besides being well adapted to reading, convey some wholesome moral truth, or maxim of behavior; or, are selected as striking and beautiful passages from celebrated authors. They have not, in general, any reference to the lessons under which they are placed.

In making the selections, the compiler has deemed it of little moment whether the pieces were old or new; American or English ; circumstances to which some appear to attach great consequence. In regard to the first, every piece is new to beginners; and the fact of its being found in a long succession of school-books, is the best evidence of its merit. And in reference to the second, to reject a piece of acknowledged excellence, and suitableness for our purpose, merely because the writer happens to have been born on the other side of the Atlantic, would savor less of patriotism than of prejudice. The Class-Reader, however, will be found to contain a due proportion both of new, and American productions.

Artificial notation, to a limited extent, is, in the opinion of the Compiler, a useful help in learning to read; but if carried too far, it serves rather to perplex than to guide the scholar, and leaves too little scope for the exercise of his own taste and judgment.

In preparing the introductory lessons of this work, the Compiler has consulted extensively, Walker, Murray, and Professor Porter of the Andover Seminary, and is indebted to them for many examples contained in this book.

In affixing the mark of inflection, he has ventured, in one particular, to deviate from these high authorities, by placing it over the inflected syllable instead of the accented

As the two things, are wholly distinct, and independent of each other, he could see no propriety in uniting them. Utility, however, rather than originality, was his aim; and some extension of the principles of inflection, and a better adaptation of the exercises under them to the use of academies and common schools, is nearly all of merit claimed for the original portion of this book,

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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

LESSONS IN PROSE.

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1. Articulation ..

Original... 13

2. Modification of the Voice..

15

3. Falling Inflection...

18

4. Inflections, continued.

20

5. Inflections, continued.

24

6. Emphasis..

23

7. Compass of Voice..

32

8. The Contented Porter.

.. Richardson.. 41

9. A Persecuting Spirit Reproved...

.Percival. 42

10. The Indian Chief.

43

11. On Misspent Time.

Addison... 45

13. Extract from the Declaration of Independence.. ..Jefferson.... 49

14. My Mother's Grave....

51

15. Forgiveness of Injuries..

Bible.... 53

17. Letter from the Poei Cowper to Mrs. King.

58

13. Winter Evening in an Icelandic Family..

.Henderson. 60

21. On Pride...

.Addison.. 66

22. The Blind Man Restored to Sight..

.Bible.. 68

21. Selected Passages..

Bible.. 72

25. Education and Induction of Knights..

James, 73

26. The World...

77

27. Sorrow for the Dead...

W. Irring... 79

29. Dedication of the Temple..

Milman,

82

30. Prayer of Solomon on the same occasion.

. Bible..

32. What is Education?...

.Penny Magazine..

33. The Monk...

Sierne... 89

35. The Fortune teller..

94

36. Punishment of a Liar.

Bible. 97

39. The limniny.birdi.

Audubon.. 103

41. The Monica Min.....

Vew !Ionthly Magazine... 107

12. The Worn..

.J. Russell... 109

13. The Good Samaritan.

Bible... 111

45. The Deer-flunter of the West.

Audubon..

47. Moses's Bargain of green Spectacles....

Goldsmith..

118

19. Lamentation of Job in remembrance of former prosperity

122

50. Extract from a Speech in the United Siates' Senate. Webster. 123

51. Republican Elity.

..Story. 126

62. Man and Animals.

Jane Taylor.. 127

53. Manufacture of a Pin..

Working Tun's Companion.... 131

55. On the Resurrection.

Hardie,

136

56. Virtue aui liety Man's lfighest Interest..

Hurris.. 138

57. Disrespeci lo l'arents in no case allowable.

Percival. 141

59. Contactation of an Amphithicaire ai Romo.

..Croly.... 143

61. The Mocking.bird.

147

62. The Chilimen of the very Pcor..

150

09. Death of Saul and Jonathan..

Bible.... 152

65. Exordiurn of a Speech Ca Trial for Níurder..

Webster.. 156

65. The Indian, as he was and as he is..

. Sprague.. 158

67. The Discontented Pendulu....

Jane Taylor..

166

68. Shocking Effects of Intemperance..

Humphrey.... 16?

70. Uses of Water....

168

71 Extract from a Discourse of the French Orator...... ..Micssillon.... 170

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LESSON.

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- 73. Mortality and Immortality

Barbauld.... 173
74. Mohammedan Prayers...

Penny Magazine..., 175
76. Misfortunes of Men mostly chargeable on themselves......Blair.... 182
77. The Dread of being Over- eloquent....

......Bulwer.... 184
79. The Prodigal Son......

Bible.... 190
80. Altamont...

Young. 192
82. Change not Reform...........................

..Randolph. 196
83. On Good-breeding...

198
84 Remarkable Instances of Contrivance in Nature, ..Brougham.... 200
85. Same subject continued...

202
87. The Hospitable Negro Woman.

Park.... 207

90. Diedrich Knickerbocker's New England Farmer... W. Irving.... 213

9). The White-headed Eagle...

.Audubon.... 214

92. A Mighty Good kind of Man...

Thornton.... 216
94. Ceineteries and Rites of Burial in Turkey...............

...Hartley... 221
95. On Contentment................

Addison....

223
97. The Blind Preacher.......................................

Wirt.... 229
98. Summary Punishment..

.. Scott.... 230
99. Pestalozzi's School at Stantz.............................

232
101. The History of Property

Paley.... 237
102. Use of the Institution of Property .........................

238
104. Folly and Wickedness of War..

Knox.... 241
105. Extract of an Address of Mr. Everett.

243

108. Demetrius and the Craftsmen..

.......Bible.... 248

.... 119

Lewis....

Bryant.... 120

54. Parting of Douglas and Marmion.

Scott,... 134

59. The Fat Actor and the Rustic..

141

60. The Maniac....

145

64. On receiving his Mother's Picture.

Cowper.. 154

69. Adam's Account of himself to the Angel..

Milton.... 166

72. Hymn to the Deity...

Bouring. 172

75. The Three Warnings.

Mrs. Thrale, 179

78. Elegy in a Country Church-yard.

: Gray.... 186

81. The Firmament.

..... Habington.... 194

86. From a Scene in Julius Cæsar.

. Shakspeare. 205

88. New England...

Percival.... 209

89. Helps to Read...

Byrom... 211

93. The Slave Ship......

........ Pringle.

96. The Last Minstrel...

Scott.... 226

100. Visit of Raphael to our First Parents in Eden.

235

103. The Rich Man and the Poor Man..

240

106. Marco Bozarris...

Halleck.... 245

107. The Religious Cottage.

Huntington.... 247

109. Creation of Birds....

Milton.... 251

110. The Mariner's Song.

252

211. Village Sounds at Evening.

.Goldsmith,... 252

... 219

Milton....

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