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extracts which place religion in the most amable light; amet which recommend a great variety of moral duties by the exselleyce of their gature, and the happy effects which they produse. These subjects are exhibited in a style and main ner, which are calculated to arrest the attention of youth; and to make strong and durable impressions on their minds.
The Compiler has beep careful to avoid every expression and septimeat, that might gratify, a corrupt mind, or in the least degree offend the eye or ear of innocence. This he conceives to be peculiarly incumbent on every person who writes for the beliefit of youth. It would indeed be a great and happy improvement is education, if no writings were allowed to come uuder their notice, bet such as are perfectly innocent; and, if on all proper occasions they were encour aged to perise those which tend to inspire a due feverence for: virtue, and an abhorrence of yice, as well as to animate them with sentiments of piety and goodness. Such impres sions deeply engraven on their minds, wed coupected with all their attainments, could scarcely fail of alieuding them through We; and of producing a solidity of principle and character Viale would be able to regist the danger arising from future intercourse with the world.
The Avihor has endeavored to relieve the grave and see vious parts of-hiş collection by the occasiobal admission of pieces which amase as well as instruct
. If however any his readers should thiuk it contains too great a proportion of the former it may be some apology to observe that in the existing publication designed for the perisal of young per Moon, the preponderarice is greatly on the side of gay and amusing productions. Too much attentioù may be paid to this medium of improvement. When the imagination, of youth especially, is much eatertained, the soher dictates of: the understanding are regarded with indifference; and the In hience of the good affections is either feeble or transient. A temperate use of such entertainment seems therefore requisite to afford proper scope for the operations of the ill-derstanding and the heart.
The reader will perceive that the compiler has been $cBicitous, to recommend to young persons the perusal of the wered Scriptures, by icterspersing through his work, some. of the most beautiful and interesting passages of those ir Tavalls writings
3. Haman: or the misery of pride.
7. Diffidence of our abilities, a mark of wisdom
14. Moderation in our wishes recommended
12: On the true honor of man
Sec. 14. The planetary and terrestrial worlds compara.. tively considered
176 15. On the power of custom, and the uses to which it may be applied
178 16. The pleasures resulting from a proper use of our faculties
180 17. Description of candor 13. On the imperfection of that happiness which rests solely on worldly pleasures
182 19. What are the real and solid enjoyments of hu
185. 20.. Scale of beings
18 21. Trust in the care of Providence recommended 190 22. Piety and gratitude enliven prosperity 191 23. Virtue, when deeply rooted, is not subject to the influence of fortune
194 24. The speech of Fabricius, a Roman Ambassa
dor, to king Pyrrhus, who attempted to
195 25. Character of James I, king of England 196 26. Charles V. Emperor of Germany, resigns his
dominions and retires from the world 197 27. The same subject corticued
PIECES IN POETRY.
SELECT SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS.
Sect. 1. Short and easy sentences
203 2. Verses in which the lines are of different lengh 205 3. Verses containing exclamations, interrogations, and parenthesis
201 4. Verses in various forms
210 5. Verses in which sound coresponds to signification
212 5. Paragraplis of greater longth