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Full of WISE SAWs and MODERN INSTANCES.

SELAKSPEARE.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

Philadelphia:
PUBLISHED BY H. C.CAREY & I. LEA,

William Brown, Printer.

VARD COLLE

LIBRARY

Porcellian Club

118 Go

2061

PASSION AND PRINCIPLE

CHAPTER I.

« Our labours you witb sickly eyes bchold,

And think them our dishonour, which indeed
Are the protractive trials of the gods
To prove heroic constancy in man."

DAYDEN.

AMONGST the laborious, honourable, and ill-paid professions to which men of ability devote their time and talents, that of a schoolmaster is, perhaps, the most tiresome and worst rewarded. To expatiate here upou the continuous misery of hearing the same lessons repeated daily, for the whole course of one's natural life, enlivened only by the different occupations of correcting bad exercises or polishing nonsense verses, would be quite needless : first, because it would be impossible in terms adequately strong to describe the horrors of such an existence; and secondly, because it is not to the professional labours of Mr. Rodney, of Somerville House Academy, that I have any disposition particularly to call the attention of my readers.

Suffice it to say, that in a country town, (I hope it has been observed how carefully I conceal the names of places,) not more than fifty miles from the metropolis, my friend, Mr. Rodney, had for many years governed the school which, in compliance with the prevailing taste for fine names and elegant definitions, had of late years been dignified with the high-sounding title just mentioned; and had, during his lengthened dominion there

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