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cause of the moral renovation of the world. The time is fast coming, when the usefulness of every publication will be tested by its adaptedness to this object. This is the great design of our Creator in his providential government of the world, and it ought to be the main purpose of his intelligent creatures in all their labors. It has not been so much the intention of the compiler to advocate any specific modes of benevolent effort, as to cherish in the bosoms of his readers an enlarged and philanthropic spirit. The good of one's own country is best secured by consulting for the interests of the whole human race. The effort has been made to select such articles as men of a truly catholic spirit, in all countries, may regard with approbation, rather than those of a patriotic or national character.

More than THREE FOURTHS of the articles in the Eclectic Reader are not found in any other selection, not excepting Mr. Cheever's excellent compilations. Fifteen or twenty of the most popular reading books have been examined, so that this selection might have the character of novelty and variety. If the articles are of equal merit with those contained in previous collections, an important object is attained, as a new body of valuable English literature is presented to the youthful mind.

The compiler has endeavored to keep in recollection the principle, that the young reader should be familiarized with those kinds of writing with which he will most commonly meet in mature life. It were easy to multiply extracts from Dr. Johnson, Dr. Blair, Mr. Alison, and other writers of a stately and formal character. But little preparation could be made in this way for the exigencies of a miscellaneous and widely various reading. The style of writing at the present time is more forcible, direct and unembarrassed than was the case in the days of Queen Anne, or George III. The same objection may be made to the selection of dialogues, except so far as the reading of them serves to give variety and compass to the intonations of the voice. They are not the species of composition with which it is necessary to become very familiar. Unhappily, also, many dialogues are objectionable on the score of morality and good taste.

In conclusion, the compiler hopes that the Eclectic Reader will be an acceptable addition to the number of reading books already before the public. Selections might have been made from Milton, Cowper, Shakespeare, Thomson, and other well-known writers, both foreign and American ; but it was not necessary. As some compensation, the man of taste will be pleased with the mature and finished compositions of Professors Playfair and Frisbie, the delightful allegories of Jane Taylor, the “wisdom married to immortal verse" of Coleridge and Wordsworth, the manly sense and comprehensive views of Evarts, and the Ciceronian elegance and dignity of Robert Hall.

Boston, December, 1832.





1. Dignity of Man...

Daniel Webster. 11

2. Blindness of Milton..

Charles Wolfe. 13

4. Burial Places in the Country

.. Wordsworth. 16

5. The Good Schoolmaster..

Thomas Fuller. 18

6. The Beloved Disciple..

Robert Hall. 20

9. Christian Patriotism..

..Ibid. 26

10. Death of Sir Philip Sidney


11. Pleasure and Happiness.

Jane Taylor. 30

12. Same Subject concluded..

. ibid. 36

16. Calista, or Spiritual-Mindedness.. Christian Observer. 45

20. Instruction and Education

. Annals of Education. 51

21. What is Education ?...

Ibid. 53

22. Uses of Water...

.. Anonymous. 56

24. Pledge to abstain from the Use of Spirits.. Henry Ware, Jr. 59

25. The Dawning of a better Day. ..James Douglas. 62

28. Scenery of Andover..

George B. Cheever. 66

30. Letter from the Poet Cowper to Mrs. King


31. Moral Destiny of the United States..... Jeremiah Evarts. 69

32. Same Subject continued..

Ibid. 74

33. Same Subject coneluded.

.Ibid. 78

34. Sublime Virtues inconsistent with Infidelity... Robert Hall. 82

35. Uses of Poetry..

.U. S. L. Gazette. 84

41. My Mother's Grave..

Anonymous. 91

43. The happy Prospects of the Righteous. . Robert Hall. 94

44. Poetry of Wordsworth.....

.S. Maxwell. 95

45. The Stream of Life..

Heber. 97

47. Commanding Position of the United States...D. Webster. 99

49. Character of Brainerd and Martyn.... Robert Hall. 103

53. Winter Evening in an Icelandic Family. Henderson. 107

55. Forest Trees preparing for Winter.. ..N. A. Review. 110

56. Falls of Niagara.

U. S. L. Gazette. 111

58. The Glory of God in Creation....... President Edwards. 114

59. The Landers sailing down the Niger.


61. Qualities of a well-regulated Mind..

Abercrombie. 120

64. Improvement in the Science of Analogy ...Pres. Wayland. 126

65. Hurricane in Barbadoes in August, 1831. Described

by one of the Moravian Missionaries..


66. Pilgrim Fathers of New England . Robert Vaughan. 132

68. The Slave-trading Nations..

. George Croly. 135

72. Waste of Mind..

.. American Quarterly Register. 145



77. Memoir of Lady Huntingdon ....... Christian Offering. 150

78. The Power of Christianity ..American Quarterly Register. 154

79. New Republics of the South

Daniel Webster. 156

80. Poetry and Science

Wordsworth. 158

81. Migration of Birds..

.William Howitt. 160

82. Permanence of literary Monuments..James Montgomery. 161

83. Extract from a Speech on the Indian Bill, in the

Congress of the United States . Isaac C. Bates. 163

85. Prospects of the Cherokees

..Peleg Sprague. 166

86. Youth and Studies of Pascal

. Craig. 170

87. Cruelty of confining Birds

William Howitt. 172

88. Career of Mohammed ....

.James Montgomery. 173

91. The Blind Teacher ..

.Professor McVicar. 178

92. Ingenuity of the Ant-Lion.

..N. A. Reciew. 180

93. Proper Method of Education Professor Jardine. 181

96. Flowers..

William Howitt. 185

97. Danger of an exclusive Attention to Secular Learn-


. . . . . Hinds. 188

98. Effects of a good Government.........Algernon Sidney. 189

99. Incomprehensibility of God no Argument against his


.Ralph Cudworth. 190

101. Prospects of the United States

James Gould. 192

102. Conversation in a Library.

...Jane Taylor. 194

104. Clouds

Scientific Tracts. 201

105. Character of Professor Playfair

Francis Jeffrey. 205

106. Parallel between Leibnitz and Newton

...Playfair. 207

107. Genius of Laplace...

Ibid. 209

109. Character of Dugald Stewart Sir James Mackintosh. 213

110. Aristotle, Bacon and Luther

Dugald Stewart. 215

111. Influence of perverted Talents... ..Professor Frisbie. 217

113. Value of Classical Learning.,

Ibid. 222

114. Letter from Lord Collingwood to his Daughter..


118. Sabbath Scene in Hawaii

C. S. Stewart. 233

119. Crater of Kirauea in Hawaii

Ellis. 237

120. Advantages of Decision of Character .....John Foster. 240

121. Discovery of the New World . Washington Irving. 243

122. Reception of Columbus on his Return to Spain ..Ibid. 247

123. Character of Columbus..

Ibid. 250

124. Living without God in the World. ..John Foster. 254

126. Importance of the Union of the States... Daniel Webster. 258

132. The Active Service of Heaven. Nat. Hist. of Enthusiasm. 269

133. Valedictory Counsels of Washington


134. Obligations resting upon the People of the United

States to preserve the Union .. . Daniel Webster. 276

137. No Cause of Enmity between the United States and

Great Britain...

... Edinburgh Review. 233

139. Union of Piety and Learning in the Christian Min-


. Robert Hall. 299

140. Thomas Simpson ....Library of Entertaining Knowledge. 292

141. Cemeteries and Rites of Burial in Turkey..... Hartley. 299

142. Speech in the British Parliament, on the Motion for

reducing the Army. 1731...

..Pulteney. 301

145. Colloquial Powers of Dr. Franklin. William Wirt. 308

150. Examples of Self-taught Men ...


151. Select Sentences in Prose.. ..... Thomas Adam. 319




3. The Life of the Blessed.

Bryant. 15

7. The Summer Morning.

John Clare. 23

8. Poor Margaret...

Wordsworth. 24

13. Lines written while sailing in a Boat at Evening ...Ibid. 41

14. Obligations of Civil to Religious Liberty..

Ibid. 42

15. Hymn before Sunrise in the Vale of Chamouny.Coleridge. 43

17. Lăment for Mary..

Charles Wolfe. 47

18. To the Comet of 1811.

..James Hogg. 49

19. The Ministry of Angels.

. Spenser. 50

23. To Blossoms ...

Robert Herrick. 59

26. Sonnet-November

Bryant. 63

27. The Lyre..

Milton Ward. 64

29. A happier Clime.

Eastburn. 67

36. The Teaching of Jesus.

.. Bowring. 85

37. Centennial Hymn.

Pierpont. 86

38. Frost..

Miss Hannah F. Gould. 87

39. Funeral in a new Colony.

.Mrs. Sigourney. 88

40. The English Church Service. .. James Grahame. 90

42. The Dying Mother.

Pollok. 93

46. To an absent Wife..

Heber. 98

48. Scene from Remorse, a Tragedy. .S.T. Coleridge. 101

50. Winter and Summer...

Shelley. 104

51. Close of Life...

.Anonymous. 105

52. The Mermaid's Song.

Hannah F. Gould. 106

54. The Deaf Man.....

Wordsworth. 108

67. La Perouse's Voyages.

Campbell. 112

60. Mont Blanc.....

..... Shelley. 119

62. The Grandame..

Charles Lamb. 124

63. To an Infant

Coleridge. 125

67. Coming of the Latter Day.

Wordsworth. 134

69. The Playthings

Miss Gould. 138

70. Mutability of earthly Things.

..N. A. Review. 139

71. A Scene from the Brothers

Wordsworth. 141

73. To the Holy Spirit....

. Herrick. 146

74. Thoughts at Midnight.

Coleridge. 147

75. Look not upon the Wine when it is red.. .Willis. 148

76. America to Great Britain..

Washington Allston. 149

84. Sabbath Days.

. Bernard Barton. 165

89. The Neglected Child..

Thomas H. Bailey. 175

90. Night before the Battle of Waterloo...

.Byron. 177

94. A Poet's Address to his Youngest Daughter .Hogg. 183

95, The Blessed Spirits .

.James Montgomery. 184

100. The Twenty-second of December...

. Bryant. 191

103. M. S. C...

Charles Sprague. 199

108. The Ocean an Image of Eternity

Byron. 211

112. Verses on receiving his Mother's Picture .. Cowper. 219

115. Immortality....

Richard H. Dana. 226

116. The Crucifixion

. George Croly. 228

117. The Daisy in India

James Montgomery. 231

125. Rizpah....

Bryant. 256

127. The Children of Henry I. of England. ..Mrs. Sigourney. 260

128. The “ Frenzied Child of Grace".

Crabbe. 262


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