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The compiler has taken several pieces which have long been familiar to all persons acquainted with English literature, and which may to some extent be pronounced hackneyed; such as Collins's "Ode to the Passions" and Gray's "Elegy." But the permanent popularity of such pieces is due to their intrinsic merit, and it seemed to the compiler that they ought not to be displaced to make room for productions which, it is true, are now commended by the gloss of novelty, but will not be likely to wear so well as those on which time has set its lasting seal of approval. Several pieces will also be found here which were first made generally known in Pierpont's "American First Class Book," an admirable work, which, in many respects, has never been surpassed by any of the many similar compilations which have since appeared. In retaining these the compiler has been guided not only by his own judgment but by the express wishes of several teachers who were desirous that selections should be retained which have so long borne the sharp test of daily use.

In the preparation of the work the compiler has been aided by the judgment and experience of many practical teachers, especially several masters of grammar schools in this city, whose services and interest are gratefully remembered. And at every step he has had the valuable assistance of his publisher and friend, Dr. T. M. BREWER, to whose taste and judgment no small portion of whatever merit the work may be found to possess is to be ascribed.

The introductory portion, on reading and the training of the vocal organs, has been prepared expressly for this work by Prof. MARK BAILEY, of Yale College, a gentleman of large experience in the teaching of elocution; and it is confidently believed that teachers will find it of great practical service, and that it will add much to the value of the work.

LESSON

42. Eternity of God.

59. True Honesty

63. Voices of the Dead.

65. Incentives to Duty..

70. On the Pleasure of Acquiring Knowledge..

73. The Bible......

75. The Introduction of Christianity into Europe...
81. The Roman Empire a Preparation for Christianity.
82. Wonders of Astronomy..

84. The Uses of the Ocean

115. True Greatness

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139. The World of Beauty around us.......
148. Address at Gettysburg.....

POETRY.

4. The Old Clock on the Stairs

6. To a Water Fowl...

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Horace Mann. 402
Abraham Lincoln. 425

93. Execution of Mary Queen of Scots..

96. Webster's Greatest Parliamentary Effort.........

105. John Quincy Adams...

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LESSON

106. Trial of Warren Hastings.

124. The First Predicted Eclipse.

127. Summer......

136. Canning and Brougham.....
152. The Eloquence of Everett

POETRY.

20. The Battle of Flodden Field
21. Same Subject, concluded..
44. Home

56. Ginevra

60. Paul Revere's Ride..

64. The Rainbow.....

79. The Burial of Sir John Moore...

85. Scene after a Summer Shower

92. The Execution of Montrose...

94. The Shipwreck

95. The Contrasts of Alpine Scenery..
138. The Skeleton in Armor

A Forest Scene.......

PROSE.

5. Rip Van Winkle

26. The Captive...

49. Death and Burial of Little Nell..

53. Fashionable Parties in New Netherlands

111. Mrs. Caudle urging the need of Spring Clothing

HUMOROUS AND PATHETIC.

Irving. 15

Sterne. 87

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