The English Reader, Or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry: From the Best Writers : Designed to Assist Young Persons to Read with Propriety and Effect, Improve Their Language and Sentiments, and to Inculcate Some of the Most Important Principles of Piety and Virtue : with a Few Preliminary Observations on the Principles of Good Reading

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L.B. Clarke, 1827 - Readers - 263 pages
 

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Contents

ChapTER IX
103
Letter from Pliny to Germinius
105
Letter from Pliny to Marcellinus on the death of an amiable young Woman
106
On discretion
107
On tie government of our thoughts 6 On the evils which flow from unrestrained passions 110
110
On the proper state of our temper with respect to one another
111
Excellence of the Holy Scriptures
113
Schemes of life often illusory
114
I1 The pleasures of virtuous sensibility
116
On the true honour of man
117
The influence of devotion on the happiness of life
118
The planetary and terrestrial worlds comparatively consider
119
On the power of custom and the uses to which it may be applied
121
The pleasures resulting from a proper use of our faculties
122
Description of candour
123
On the imperfection of that happiness which rests solely on worldly leasures
124
What are the real and solid enjoyments of human life
126
Scule of beings 127 21 Trust in the rare of Providence recommended
129
Piety and gratitude enliven prosperity 130 23 Virtue when deeply rooted is not subject to the influence of fortune
132
The speech of Fabricius a Roman ambassador to king Pyrrhus 133 25 Character of James I king of England
134
The same subject continued
137
PART II
139
Verses in which the lines are of different length
140
Verses containing exclamations interrogations and parentheses
142
Verses in various forms
143
Verses in which sound corresponds to signification
145
Paragraphs of greater length
146
The bear and the bees 2 The nightingale and the glowworm 3 The trials of virtue
149
The youth and the philosopher
151
Discourse between Adam and Eve retiring to rest
152
Religion and death
154

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Page 163 - OH for a lodge in some vast wilderness, Some boundless contiguity of shade, Where rumour of oppression and deceit, Of unsuccessful or successful war, Might never reach me more...
Page 189 - Lives on the labours of this lord of all. Know Nature's children all divide her care ; The fur that warms a monarch warm'da bear. While man exclaims,
Page 82 - And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
Page 183 - THE Lord my pasture shall prepare, •And feed me with a shepherd's care ; His presence shall my wants supply, And guard me with a watchful eye ; My noonday walks he shall attend, And all my midnight hours defend.
Page 183 - Earth, Repeats the story of her birth : Whilst all the stars that round her burn, And all the planets, in their turn, Confirm the tidings as they roll, And spread the truth from pole to pole.
Page 179 - Of Nature's womb, that in quaternion run Perpetual circle, multiform ; and mix And nourish all things ; let your ceaseless change Vary to our Great Maker still new praise. Ye Mists and Exhalations that now rise From hill or steaming lake, dusky or gray, Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold, In honour to the world's Great Author rise...
Page 179 - Whether to deck with clouds the uncoloured sky, Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers, Rising or falling still advance his praise. His praise, ye Winds, that from four quarters blow, Breathe soft or loud; and wave your tops, ye Pines, With every plant in sign of worship wave. Fountains, and ye that warble as ye flow, Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
Page 179 - Air, and ye elements, the eldest birth Of Nature's womb, that in quaternion run Perpetual circle, multiform ; and mix And nourish all things ; let your ceaseless change Vary to our great Maker still new praise.
Page 157 - While from the bounded level of our mind Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind : But more...
Page 175 - How fleet is a glance of the mind ! Compared with the speed of its flight, The tempest itself lags behind, And the swift-winged arrows of light When I think of my own native land In a moment I seem to be there; But alas! recollection at hand Soon hurries me back to despair.

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