The English Reader: Or, 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 the Most Important Principles of Piety and Virtue. With a Few Preliminary Observations on the Principles of Good Reading

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C. Spaulding, 1821 - Children - 253 pages

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On charity
On the slavery of vice
Trial and execution of the earl of Strafford
The apostle Pauls noble defence before Festus
An address to young persons
Earthquake at Calibria in the year 1638
On the government of our thoughts
On the evils which flow from unrestrained passions
On the proper state of our temper with respect to one another
Excellence of the Christian religion
Reflections occasioned by a review of the bless ings pronounced by Christ on his disciples in his sermon on the mount
Schemes of life often illusory
The pleasures of virtuous sensibility
On the true honor of man
The influence of devotion on the happiness oflife
The planetary and terrestrial worlds compar atively considered
On the power of custom and the uses to which 148 Sect XVI The pleasures resulting from a proper use of it may be applied
our faculties
Description of candor ib Sect XVIII On the imperfection of that happiness which rests solely on worldly pleasures
What are the real and solid enjoyments of hu man life
Scale of beings
Trust in the care of Providence recommended
Piety and gratitude enliven prosperity
Virtue when deeply rooted is not subject to the influence of fortune
The speech of Fabricus a Roman Ambas sador to king Pyrrhus who attempted to bribe him to his interests by the offer of a great sum of money
Character of James I king of England
Charles V emperor of Germany resigns his dominions and retires from the world

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Page 231 - Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening 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 249 - Around, how wide ! how deep extend below ! Vast chain of being ! which from God began, Natures ethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see, No glass can reach ; from infinite to thee, From thee to nothing.
Page 190 - ... sober livery all things clad; Silence accompanied; for beast and bird, They to their grassy couch, these to their nests Were slunk, all but .the wakeful nightingale; She all night long her amorous descant sung; Silence was...
Page 196 - A little learning is a dangerous thing ; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring : There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again.
Page 230 - 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 noon-day walks he shall attend, And all my midnight hours defend.
Page 205 - Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free ; They touch our country, and their shackles fall.
Page 113 - And now I stand, and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers; unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come; for which hope's sake, King Agrippa I am accused of the Jews.
Page 225 - Join voices, all ye living Souls; ye Birds, That singing up to Heaven gate ascend, Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise. Ye that in waters glide, and ye that walk The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep, Witness if I be silent, morn or even, To hill or valley, fountain, or fresh shade, Made vocal by my song, and taught his praise.
Page 250 - Great in the earth, as in the ethereal frame; Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze, Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees; Lives through all life, extends through all extent; Spreads undivided, operates unspent! Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part, As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart...
Page 244 - Through this day's life or death ! This day, be bread and peace my lot All else beneath the sun, Thou know'st if best bestow'd or not, And let Thy will be done.

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