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ENGLISH READER;

OR

P CES IN PROSE AND POETRY.

EELECTED FROM THE BEST WRITERS.

DESIGNED

O ASSIST YOU'NG PERSONS TO REAR WIGIL PROPRIETY AND EFFECT. r6 PROVE TILEIR LANGUAGE ASI SENTIMENTS. A.Y. TO

IXCC'LCATE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT

PRIXCIPLES OF PIETY AND VIRTUE.

WITH A FEW

PRELIJIINARY OBSERVATIONS

ON THE

"PRINCIPLES OF GOOD READING.

BY LINDLEY URRAY,
ASTHOR OF AN ENGAISII GRAMMAR la

PUBLISHED BY

JOSIAH B.-BALDWIN,
Bridgeport, Conn.

1839.

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MANY selections of excellent matter have been made for the beneột of young persous. Performances of this kind are of so great utility. that fresh productions of thein, and new attempts to improve the young mind, will carcely be deemed superfluous, if ihe writer inake his com. vilation instructive and interesting, and sutficiently distinct from others

The present work, as the title expresses, aims at the attainment on Aree onjects : to improve youth in the art of reading; to meliurate their language and sentiments; and to inculcate some of the most in portant principles of piety and virtue.

The pieces selected, not only give exercise to a great variety of emotions, and the correspondent tanes and variations of voice, but contain sentences and members of sentences, which are diversified, proportion ed, and pointed with accuracy. Exercises of this nature are, it is pre. sumed, well calculated to teach youth to read with propriety and ef. fect. A selection of sentences, in which variety and proportion, with exact punctuation, have been carefully observed, in all their parts as well

as with respect to one another, will probably have a nurh greater effect, in properly teaching the art of reading, than is commonly imagined. In such constructions, every thing is accommodated to the understanding and the voice ; and the common ditficulties in learning to read well are obviated. When the learner has acquireu a labit or reading such sentences, with justness and facility, he will readily apply that babit, and the improveinents he has made, io sentences more com. plicated and irregular, and of a construction entirely different..

The language of the pieces chosen for this collection bas been carefully regarded. Purity, propriety, perspicuity, and, in many instances, elegance of diction, distinguish them. They are extracted from the Works of the most correct and elegant writers. From une sources whence the sentiments are drawn, the reader may expect to find them connected and regular, sufficiently important and impressive, and divested of every thing that is either trite or eccentric. The irequent perusal of such composition naturally tends to infuse a taste for this species of excellence; and to produce a habit of thinking, and of come posing, with judgment and accuracy.*

• The learner, in his progress through this volume and the Sequel to it, will meet with numervus instancrs of composition, in strict conformity to the rules for proinoting perspicnous and elegant writing contained in the Appendix to the Author's English Granınar. By occusionally examining this conforniity. he will be confirnied in the Wility of those rules; and be enabled to apply them with ease and dexterity. li is proper further w observe, that the Reader and the Sequel, besides tencbing to read acrurately, and inculcating nany importunt sentiments, may be considered as kuziliaries to the Author's Euglish Grammar; as pracucal illustrations of the princi Ales and rules contained i thai work.

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