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haps the best reafon that can be offered, in favour of poetical selections for the use of young and innocent minds, is, the tendency which they have, when properly made, to preserve the chastity of their fentiments, and the purity of their morals.

In "The Sequel," as well as in "The English Reader," feveral pieces are introduced, which, in a striking manner, difplay the beauty and excellence of the christian religion. Extracts of this kind, if frequently diffused amongst the elements of literature, would doubtlefs produce happy effects on the minds of youth, and contribute very materially to counteract, both the open and the fecret labours of infidelity. With these views, the Compiler derived particular satisfaction, in selecting thofe pieces which are calculated to attach the young mind to a religion perfectly adapted to the condition of man; and which not only furnishes the most rational and fublime enjoyments in this life, but fecures complete and permanent felicity hereafter.

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