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POETRY AND PROSE,
FROM SOME OF THE BEST AND MOST POPULAR WRITERS
INTENDED TO FORNISH YOUTH,
IN SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES,
A CLASS-BOOK THAT WILL AT ONCE INTEREST, GRATIFY,
BY JOSEPH GUY, JUN.,
OF MAGDALEN-HALL, OXFORD,
WILLIAM TEGG AND CO., 85, QUEEN-STREET,
It may be hoped that the following Selections will, in due season, lead British youth to a perusal of the entire works of those authors from whom these extracts have been made. Nor can they form their language and their style of written composition from better models, or from purer sources. And as the various specimens are, for the most part, such as have not before appeared in any school volume, their novelty, to such a class, will afford a new stimulus and incentive to reading, of that kind which will be as instructive as it will prove entertaining.
With respect to the judgment and taste, if any, exhibited in the choice of the following pieces, the author can only affirm, that, having been all his life in schools, either as learner or teacher, this compilation is the result of much experience, both as to the matter generally desired by preceptors, and as to that which is usually most attractive and pleasing to youth.
2, Hollis-place, Haverstock-hill, London, 1852.
*** It has been thought preferable, for the purpose of occasional recitations in schools, to give only detached extracts from Shakspere, rather than entire scenes. When, however, such are also required, with the intention of making a nearer approach to theatrical representation, the volume of our great poet is of easy access. Teachers may likewise be inclined to choose for themselves; and, by so doing, give greater variety to the entertainment by selecting scenes, not only from Hamlet, and one or two others, as is generally the custom at present, but from almost any of the thirty-six Dramas of Shakspere.