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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1545, by William Russell, in the Clerk's Office of hite District Court of the district of Massachusetts.

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ASTO?, 15T'OX AND THE YOUNG LADIESENBLOOBMONARY READER,

containing a Seldetish af klading Lessons, by ANNA U. RUSSELL, and the Rules of Elocution, adapted to Female

Readers, by William Russell. Also, THE INTRODUCTION TO THE SAME, for Younger

Classes.

THESE works are intended to combine, in each volume, the twofold advantage of a series of Reading Lessons, selected under the special influence of feminine taste and habits, with a manual of Elocution, adapted expressly to the systematic instruction of females, in the art of reading.

From Miss A. C. Hasseltine, Principal of Bradford Academy, Bradford, Ms.

"I have examined the manuscript, plan, and contents of the · Young Ladies' Reader,' and am free to say, that the importance of the various Rules and Exercises in Elocution, and the fine selection of Pieces for Reading Lessons, will render it a very desirable work to be introduced into all our femalé schools. We shall not hesitate to introduce it into our academy as soon as it is published."

From Mr. George B. Emerson, Instructor, Boston. "I have carefully examined the plan of the · Young Ladies' Reader;' and I like it so well - both the introductory portion and the selections -- that I say, without hesitation, I should immediately adopt it, as a reading book, in my own school, if it should be published.” From Mr. Asa Farwell, Principal of Abbot Female Academy, Andover, Ms.

“The plan of the Young Ladies' Reader,' strikes me very favourably. The Selections are judiciously made ; and the Introductory Rules will be exceedingly valuable. Such a work, in schools for young ladies, will occupy a place for which there is not now, so far as my knowledge extends, any suitable textbook. The volume will be looked for with pleasure ; and, when published, we shall introduce it into our academy."

From Mr. Joseph Hale Abbot, Instructor, Boston. "I have examined, with much satisfaction, the plan of the “Young Ladies' Reader,' and the selection of pieces which it contains. It appears to me to be prepared with much taste and judgment, and to be admirably adapted to the wants of a numerous class of pupils. I have long — in common, doubtless, with many others - felt the need of such a work; and I do not hesitate to express the confident opinion, that it will be extensively used.”

From Rev. Hubbard Winslow, Boston. “I have examined the plan and many of the extracts for the · Young Ladies' Reader,' and have no doubt of the great merit of the work. I shall introduce it into my school. May it find its deserved success, generally!”

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The book now offered as an aid to the education of young ladies, is designed to combine the advantages of a volume of reading lessons, selected under the special influence of feminine taste and habits, and of a manual of elocution, adapted to the instruction of females, in the art of reading. The selection of pieces has been regulated by a regard to their fitness for the exercise of reading aloud, - a test which, though inapplicable to many productions of the highest intellectual excellence, becomes indispensable, as the standard of a collection of reading lessons.

A text-book of English literature, may justly contain passages of a character too abstract, or of a beauty too spiritual, for even the most skilful utterance ; but, in a reading book, the preference is necessarily given to matter adapted to the cultivation of a vivid and effective elocution. - The literary merit of the extracts imbodied in the following pages, has, however, in no instance, been overlooked; as a genial influence on taste, is one of the most desirable results of the various stages and means of education. Nor have the higher considerations of sentiment and principle, been neglected, in the compilation of materials which necessarily become elernents of thought and reflection, while repeated for the purposes of appropriate and impressive reading.

The introductory rules and exercises, presented in this volume, will, it is thought, be found sufficiently extensive for the use of readers not yet advanced to the study of elocution, as a distinct branch of education. The systematic training of the voice may be pursued, - in conjunction with the use of the Reader, – on the system of exercises prescribed in a manual compiled by J. E. Murdoch and William Russell, and entitled “Orthophony, or Vocal Culture in Elocution ;” and at a later stage of progress, the rules and principles of correct reading, may be studied, to greater extent, in Russell's “ American Elocutionist”

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6. Margaret Davidson ................... Washington Irring. 57

7. To My Sister Lucretia ................ Margaret Davidson. 58

8. Voices of English Birds......................... Jardine. 60

9. My Mother's Sigh ......................... Mrs. Osyrood.

10. Accomplishments .......................... Jane Taylor.

11. The Clergy man's Daughter ................ Mrs. Hojiand.

12. To a Departed Friend..................0. W. B. Peabody.

13. The Old Elm of Newbury...................H. F. Gould.

14. The Farmer...................................... non.

15. The Iron Mine of Dannamoura..................... Anon.

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16. To a Flower.......

........... Procter.

17. The Poet, the Oyster, and the Sensitive Plant ..... Couper.

18. Fata Morgana.......

........... Anon.

19. The Instructions of Jesus ................Hannah Adams.

20. Hymn of Miriam ...........................

..............Milman. 81

21. A Hymn of the Sea

........... Bryant. 83

22. Evening........

........ Margaret Daridson. 85

23. The Rhine...

..................... Anon. 86

24. The Ferryman's Daughter .................T. C. Grattan.

25. Stanzas .....

.R. H. Wilde.

26. The Child Angel ..........

...... Charles Lamb. 97

27. Lucretia Davidson..........

..... Miss Sedgwick. 99

28. To My Mother...............

.. Lucretia Daridson. 101

29. The Planet Jupiter...............

.......... Anon. 102

30. Fate of Missolonghi ..........

....... Fabre. 104

31. The Sailor's Mother.....

........ Southey. 106

32. Fair Sufferers ...

........ Anon. 109

33. The Desert ........

Countess Han-Han. 111

34. Falsehood ...........

...... Mrs. Opie. 112

35. The Wakefield Family

..... Goldsmith. 114

36. Alpine Scenery............

......... Reade. 117

37. Hymn to Mont Blanc.....

...... Coleridge. 120

38. The Starry Heavens.....

....... Young. 123

39. Miss Mitford......

. Miss Sedgwick. 124

40. Autumn Scenery of England...

..Miss Mitford. 126

41. The Victor's Crown.

..... Mrs. Hale. 129

42. Fortitude of the Pilgrims..

.......... Choute. 130

43. Chorus in the Fall of Jerusalem....... ........... Milman. 132

44. Memories ........

......J. G. Whittier. 135

45. Conversation and Accomplishments ... .....G. B. Emerson. 137

46. Fashion .......

..... Mrs. Barbauld. 139

47. Same Subject..........

............... Ibid. 142

48. Use of an Interjection.....

....... Miss Mitford. 144

49. Death of the Princess Charlotte...... ............R. Hall. 147

50. Same Subject......

....... T. Chalmers. 149

51. Passing Away..........

.....J. Pierpont. 151

52. Seasons of Prayer .......

......H. Ware, Jr. 153

53. Niagara ....

.J. G. C. Brainard. 155

54. Ferdinand and Isabella..

........Iroing. 156

55. Good Society ...............................Miss Leslie. 158

56. Twilight........

....................... . Fitz-Green Hulleck. 161

57. The Spectator's Return to Town ..... ........... Steele. 162

58. The Rich and the Poor....................Mrs.

.....Mrs. Barbauld. 166

59. The Death of the Flowers.....

...W. C. Bryant. 170

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60. Madame de Staël ..

... Anon. 172

61. To the Ursa Major...

.........H. Ware, Jr. 175

62. Moral Philosophy .............. ......Prof. Frisbie. 179

63. Early Piety ......

...... Mrs. Ellis. 180

64. Mont Blanc ........

.....H. Winslow. 182

65. Lake Leman and the Alps ..

........ Byron. 184

66. Flowers........

.........Jardine. 187

67. Flowers the Gift of Divine Benignity ...... Mrs. Hemans. 189

68. Flowers sent Me during Illness... ....R. H. Dana. 191

69. Early Habits .......

........... Anon. 192

70. The Card-Player ....

........ Lamb. 194

71. Uneducated Woman ..

.. Dr. Johnson. 195

72. Nature ..........

.... Gillespie. 197

73. Hymn of Nature .

... Thomson. 199

74. Primitive Poetry...

.... Hillard. 201

75. Family Sympathies

........ Irving. 203

76. Mary Dyre....

Sedgwick. 204

77. Same Subject....

207

..................... Ibid.

78. Conversation....

..Mrs. Farrar. 209

79. The Tear of Penitence

........ Moore. 211

80. Dawn .......

......... Anon. 214

81. Christian Faith....

.... Buckminster. 216

82. To a Child..........

.................. ..Joanna Baillie. 219

83. Maternal Instruction ....................G. B. Emerson. 221

84. Fidelity to Duty....

... Mrs. Grant. 223

85. The Animal World..

...... Mrs. Ellis. 225

86. Spring .................

......................Addison. 227

87. Morning Hymn in Paradise.....

....... Milton. 229

88. Uses of Suffering ......

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.......... Channing. 231

89. Catastrophe of Scilla ..

............. Cranen 234

90. Morning........................

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.................................. Sinon.

91. Fashion in Dress........

....Mrs. Farrar. 237

92. Printing .........

.................................... Jinon. 240

93. Immortality ...............

..........Dana. 242

94. State of the Soul at Death ...

.....H. Winslow. 244

95. Sufferings of the Pilgrims...... .........E. Everett. 245

96. The Useful and the Ornamental ... .......... Mrs. Farrar. 247

97. Sir Kit and Lady Rackrent..............Miss Edgeworth.

..Miss Edgeworth. 249

98. The Southern Cross.........................Dr. Bacon. 252

99. Baden.............. .......................... Anon. 254

100. The Tea-Rose........

..........Mrs. H. B. Stowe. 256

101. Influence of Christianity on Woman.............Muzzey. 258

102. The Aurora Borealis............................. Barry. 260

103. The Two Voices.......................... Mrs. Hemans. 262

104. The Ettrick and the Yarrow ...................... Anon. 263

105. The Swiss Guide........

.......... Rogers. 267

106. Windsor Castle.......

........... Miss Sedgwick. 269

107. Light Conversation with a Heavy Man............. Anon. 271

108. Ballad ..............

........... Heber. 273

109. The Blind ............................... Sydney Smith. 275

110. The Blind Man's Lay....................Mrs. Whitman.

111. Unwritten Music....

112. A Tongue in every Leaf......................C. Bovoles. 281

113. Reading of the Bible ..........................J. Abbott. 282

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