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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John Montgomery, 1827 - 264 pàgines
 

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CHAPTER T Didactick Pieces Sect 1 The importance of a good education
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On gratitude 3 On forgiveness
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Motives to the practice of gentleness
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A suspicious temper the source of misery to its possessor
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Comforts of religion 7 Diffidence of our abilities a mark of wisdom
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On the importance of order in the distribution of our time
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The dignity of virtue amidst corrupt examples
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The mortifications of vice greater than those of virtue
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On contentment
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Rank and riches afford no ground for envy
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Patience under provocations our interest as well as duty
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Moderation in our wishes recommended
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Omniscience and omnipresence of the Deity the source of consolation to good
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CHAPTER IV
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Virtue and piety mans highest interest
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The injustice of an uncharitable spirit 4 The misfortunes of men mostly chargeable on themselves
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On disinterested friendship
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On the immortality of the soul
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CHAPTER V
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The cataract of Niagara in Canada North America
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The grotto of Antiparos
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The grotto of Antiparos continued
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Earthquake at Catanea 6 Creation
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Charity 8 Prosperity is redoubled to a good
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On the beauties of the Psalms
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Character of Alfred king of England
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Character of Queen Elizabeth
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The slavery of vice
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The man of integrity 14 Gentleness
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CHAPTER VI
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The good mans comfort in affilietion
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Democritus and Heraclitus
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Cicero against Verres
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Earthquake at Calabria in the year 1638
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On tie government of our thoughts
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PART II
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CHAPTER II
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Adams advice to Eve to avoid temptation
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On procrastination
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That philosophy which stops at secondary causes reproved
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Indignant sentiments on national prejudices and hatred and on slavery
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CHAPTER IV
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The rose 4 Care of birds for their young
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Liberty and slavery contrasted
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Charity A paraphrase on the 13th chapter to the First Corinthians 7 Picture of a good
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The pleasures of retirement
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The pleasure and benefit of an improved and welldirected imagination
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CHAPTER V
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The beggars petition
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Unhappy close of life
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Elegy to pity 5 Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk during his solitary abode in the Island of Juan Fernandez
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Gratitude
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A man perishing in the snow from whence reflections are raised on the miseries of life
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A morning hymn
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CHAPTER VI
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The shepherd and the philosopher
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The road to happiness open to all
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The goodness of Providence 5 The Creators works attest his greatness
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Address to the Deity
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The pursuit of happiness oftea ill directed 8 The fireside 9 Providence vindicated in the present state of
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Selfisliness reproved 11 Human frailty
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Ode to Peace 13 Ode to Adversity
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The Creation required to praise its Author
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The universal prayer 16 Conscience
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On an infant
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The cuckoo 19 Day A pastoral in three parts 20 The order of Nature
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Confidence in Divine Protection 22 Hymn on a review of the seasons
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On solitude 171 172 173 174
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An eminent instance of true fortitude of mind
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Pàgina 161 - OH for a lodge in some vast wilderness, Some boundless contiguity of shade, Where rumour of oppression and deceit, Of unsuccessful or successful war, Might never reach me more...
Pàgina 187 - Lives on the labours of this lord of all. Know Nature's children all divide her care ; The fur that warms a monarch warm'da bear. While man exclaims,
Pàgina 80 - And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
Pàgina 181 - THE 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 noonday walks he shall attend, And all my midnight hours defend.
Pàgina 181 - 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.
Pàgina 177 - Of Nature's womb, that in quaternion run Perpetual circle, multiform ; and mix And nourish all things ; let your ceaseless change Vary to our Great Maker still new praise. Ye Mists and Exhalations that now rise From hill or steaming lake, dusky or gray, Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold, In honour to the world's Great Author rise...
Pàgina 177 - Whether to deck with clouds the uncoloured sky, Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers, Rising or falling still advance his praise. His praise, ye Winds, that from four quarters blow, Breathe soft or loud; and wave your tops, ye Pines, With every plant in sign of worship wave. Fountains, and ye that warble as ye flow, Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
Pàgina 177 - Air, and ye elements, the eldest birth Of Nature's womb, that in quaternion run Perpetual circle, multiform ; and mix And nourish all things ; let your ceaseless change Vary to our great Maker still new praise.
Pàgina 155 - While from the bounded level of our mind Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind : But more...
Pàgina 173 - How fleet is a glance of the mind ! Compared with the speed of its flight, The tempest itself lags behind, And the swift-winged arrows of light When I think of my own native land In a moment I seem to be there; But alas! recollection at hand Soon hurries me back to despair.

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