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ENGLISH READER,

PIECES IN PROSE AND POETRY,

SELECTED FROM THE BEST WRITERS,

DESIGNED TO ASSIST YOUNG PERSONS TO READ WITH

PROPRIETY AND EFFECT:

TO IMPROVE THEIR

LANGUAGE AND SENTIMENTS;

AND. TO- INCULCATE SOME OF TAB MOST

IMPORTANT PRIŅCIPLES OF

PIETY AND VIRTUE.

Wük a few Preliminary Observations
ON THE PRINCIF LES OF GOOD READING

BY LINDLEY MURRAY,
Anthor of - English Gramp:ar, adapted to the different

classes of Learers," &C..

BURLINGTON, Vt.

WINTED AND PUBLISUED BI

SAMUEL. ILLS.

1817.

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ENGLISH READER,

PIECES IN PROSE AND POETRY,

SELECTED FROM THE BEST WRITERS,

DESIGNED TO ASSIST YOUNG PERSONS TÕ READ WITH

PROPRIETY AND EFFECT:

TO IMPROVE THEIR

LANGUAGE AND SENTIMENTS;

AND TO INCULCATE SOME OF THE MOST

IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES OF

NCIPLES
PIETY AND VIRTUE.

Wüh a few Preliminery Observations

ON THE PRINCIF LES OF CHOOD READING

BY LINDLEY MURRAY,
Amhor of " English Gramnar, adapted to the different

classes of Leiners," &C..

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BURLINGTON, Vt.

WINTED AND PUBLISUED BT

ILLS.

1817.

MARVARO COLLEGE LIBRARY

GIFT OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

MAY 19 20

MANY selectious of excellent matter bare lateig bá for the benefit of young persotle. Performances of this are of so great u ility, that fresh psaciuctious of thein, ecw attempts to improve the young miod, will scarcely be deemed superfluous, if the writer makes iris compilatioa instructive and suteresting, aud sufficiently distinct from others.

The present work, as die title expresses, aims at the attainmen of three objects ; to improve youth in the art of reading; to meliorate their lauguage and sentiments; and to inculcate some of the most in portant principles of piety aud Fintue.

'I he pieces selected; not only give exercise to a great va riety of en nious, and the correspondent tones and variations of voice, but contain sentences and members of septences, which are diversifierl, proportioned, apd pointed with acciu mcy. Exercises of this nature are, it is presumed, well cale Gulated to teach youih to rear with propriety and effect.A selection of sentences, in which variety and proportion with exact punctuation, have beeo carefully observed in all Heir parts as well as wh respect to one another, will prolon ably have a much greater effect, in properly teaching the art of reading, than is comunionly imagined. In such constructions, every thing is accomodated to the understanding and Hje vuice; and the common difficulties of learning to read well are ovviated. When thie learner has acquired a babit of reading such sentences with justoess and facility, he will readily apply that habit, and the improvemeuts he has made, to seniences more compicated abd irregular, and of a constructioa-eatirely different.

the language of the pieces-chosen for this collection, has been carefully regarded. Purity, propriety, perspecuity, and in many instances, elegance of diction, distinguish them.They are extracted from she works of the most correct and elegant writers. From the sources whence the sentiments are drawo, the reader may expect to find them connected and regular, sulliciently important and impressive, are divested of every dring that is either trite or eccentric. The frequent perusal of such composition, baturally tends to infuse a taste for this species of excellences and to predece a habit of thiaking, and of composing, with judgment and accuracy.

That this collection may also serve the purpose of proq moting piety and virtue, the Compiler has introduced many

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