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I have now, however, been induced by the recommendation
of several educational friends, to increase its utility by pub-
lishing it in connexion with a CLASS BOOK ON Reading.*
The great number of excellent Reading Books which have
been published of late years, seems to render a new one on
the subject uncalled for, and unnecessary; but I have long
been of opinion, that in almost all of these class books there
is a great deficiency in LITERARY SELECTIONS. That Com-
pilations of this kind (particularly when they are intended
for the use of the children in Popular or National Schools)
should contain as much information as possible on scientific
and useful subjects is certainly very desirable; but still the
literature of our language should have its due place in
them;t or at least, there should be, in addition to them,
some other class books to supply this deficiency. With this
view I have compiled the present volume; and should I be
spared, it is probable that I may at no very distant period
bring out an additional one, to which I shall prefix a short
Introduction to English Literature. In the meantime, a
glance over the Contents of this volume will show that it
contains a far greater portion of the literature of our
language than its size would seem to indicate. Besides, the
EXERCISES ON READING, which are not specified in the
Contents, will be found to contain a copious selection of the
choicest and most beautiful specimens of our best and most
approved writers. These exercises extend from page 170
to page 232.
have already a placed before them all the words in the language of diffi-
*It is a matter of record that all my little works on Education, were
originally written to supply wants which I had observed in the Irish
See in connexion with these observations, note page 233.
In the Introduction to the English Dictionary.
Rules for Reading, founded on the Inflections of the Voice-Archbishop
SELECTIONS FROM SHERIDAN'S ART OF SPEAKING.
83 Satirical Description of Character, 108
89 Inculcating, Commanding, &c., .
A Love-sick Shepherd's Complaint, 93 Reflection on Lost Happiness, &c. 133
Description, Sublime and Terrible, 99 Anger-Threatening,
Conjugal Affection with Distress, 100 Deprecation--Surprise,"
Asking-Reproof-Approbation, 106 Plotting-Cruelty-Horror,
Rallying a Person for Melancholy, 148
Scoffing at supposed Cowardice, 148
Joy, or Satisfaction Inexpressible, 149
Hatred Cursing the Object hated,
Gentleness of Manners with Firmness of Mind,
Discontent the Common Lot of all Mankind,
The Present Life with reference to a Future State,
On the Knowledge of the World,
The Planetary and Terrestrial Worlds,
Aspirations after the Infinite,
The Present Condition of Man vindicated,
Polonius's Advice to his Son,
The Dying Christian to his Soul,
Destruction of Sennacherib,
On Female Oratory,
RELIGIOUS OR DEVOTIONAL READINGS.
Exhortation to Youth to cultivate a Devotional Spirit,
Lodgings for Single Gentlemen,
From Speeches of Lord Mansfield,
Prologue to the Tragedy of Cato,
SPEECHES AND DIALOGUES FROM SHAKSPEARE.
Cassius inciting Brutus to conspire,
Brutus on the Death of Cæsar, 439
Extracts from the Bard,
Elegy written in a Country Churchyard,
427 Brougham on Negro Slavery,
Washington Irving, 401
From a Speech of Lord Chatham,
Burke's Panegyric on the Elo-
New Mon. Mag..
Henry V. and Lord Chief Justice, 448
The World compared to a Stage,
Richmond encouraging hisSoldiers, 453