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42. Temptation Liljo, . .
43. Vanity of the World, .- F- Quarles,
44 Legislative Instructions, Webster,
45. 7'Ae Laborer, Gallagher,
46. Public Virtue, H. Clay,
47. The American Union, Webster,
48. Love of God and of Man inseparable, . . . . L. Hunt,
49. Extract from Speech in House of Representatives,!!. C. Winthrop.
60. Scene from the Honeymoon, Tobin, .
61. Same subject, concluded "....
62. Treasures of the Deep, Mrs. Heiuans,
63. Stanzas on the Sea BernardBarton,
64. Power and Gentleness"
55. Virtues of Washington, Whipple,
66. Military Character of Washington"
57. Parental Ode to my Son, T. Hood,
68. Power and Activity, Combe,
59. Hamlet and his Mother, . . . Shakspeare,
60. Satire on Pretended Philosophers and Projectors, Swift, .
61. Same subject, continued li
62." " concluded,"
63. Golden Rules of David Copperfield, Dickens,
64. The Snow Flake H. F. Gould,
65. Progress of Discovery during the last Half Cen-
tury, Scientific Am.,
66. Same subject, continued"
67." " concluded"
68. Marcelia Procter, .
69. English Poetry, Chambers,
70. Vulgar Hospitality Swift, . .
71. The Thrush's Nest Clare, . .
72. The Newcastle Apothecary Colman, .
73. Thanatopsis, Bryant, . .
74. Euthanasia, W. G. Clark,
75. Coronach Scott, . .
76. Parallel between Pope and Dryden, Johnson,
77. English Versification, Holmes, .
78. Compunction, Churchill,
79. Beauties of Nature Beattie, .
80. To my Wife, Lindley Murray,
81. To a Wife, with a Ring, on the Anniversary of
her Wedding Day, Bishop
82. Angling, Armstrong,
83. Retirement Cotton, . .
84. The Union '. . , . Webster, .
85. Early Rising and Prayer, Vaughan, .
86. The River Thames Denham, ,
87. On the Sight of a great Library Hall, . . .
88. Go, lovely Rose Waller, . .
89. On the Day of Judgment, Roscommon,
90. The Hours, Lewis, . .
91. The American Union Tupper, . .
92. Autumn Evening Scene, Thomson, .
93. Love, Hope and Patience, in Education, . . . Coleridge, .
94. Home Montgomery,
95. Nature Wordsworth,
96. Gradual Approaches of Age, Crahbe, . .
97. The Sabbath Grahame, .
98. Gentleness of Manners with Firmness of Mind, Chesterfield,
Desire of the Happiness of Others Brown, . .
Causes of Weakness in Men's Understanding, . Locke 202
Matrimonial Happiness, Lady Montague, . 204
Scene from the Honeymoon Tobin,
The Middle Age — Progress of Freedom, . . .Hume,
The Opening of the Eyes of Mrs. Chick, . . - Dickens,
Same subject, continued,"
u " concluded"
Ship driven out of its Course, Falconer,
Picture of Domestic Love, Campbell
Time Young, .
. Cowper, .
Apostrophe to Night,
Wedded Love's First Home, Hall, .
A Baronial Tower Scott, .
The Deserted Wife, Percival,
Red Jacket Halleck,
The Closing Year Prentice,
The Prairies, ;. ..Bryant,
The Common Lot, . .
The Fretful Man, . .
The Winter Evening,
Moonlight Scene, Sonthey, .
Memory, Rogers, .
Destiny of our Country, ..•.*. . Winthrop,
On Reading, Gibbon, .
Changeable Character of Man, Foster, .
Results of Misdirected Ambition, Adam Smith,
The Druses, Heber,
77ie Wicked Man R. H. Dana,
The Prayer Answered Pollok, .
Public Weal consists of Individual Happiness, Webster,
Light Literature of the Present Age Chambers
Same subject, continued ii
"" concluded, ii
Boswell's Life of Johnson, ii
Extract from Speech in U. S. Senate, .... Webster,
Liberty and Government, Algernon Sidney,
Midnight Scene in Rome — the Coliseum, . . Byron
Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in
America, Bishop Berkeley,
A Parallel Eliz. F. Ellet, .
Curiosity Sprague, ....
Extract,from Prometheus Percival, . . .
Effect of Refinement, Hume, . . . .
Progress of Sin, Jeremy Taylor, .
The Rising and the Setting Sun, Gilpin, ....
Taste Akenside, . . .
To the West Gallagher, . . .
Exile of Erin Campbell, . . .
Destruction of Sennacherib, Byron, . . . .
Extract from Speech in U. S. Senate Webster, . . .
Clarence and Brakenbury, Shakspeare, . .
Hamlet's Soliloquy on his Mother's Marriage,
Tribute to Shakspeare, Jeffrey 287
Speech in U. S. Senate, • Clay 287
Address on the Relation of the States to the
General Government Calhoun 291
Extract from Speech in U. S. Senate, Havne, 297
» « « 'i ii ii ii Welister, .... 298
i* Ii Ii Ii Ii u Ii |i .... 300
The Old Clock rfh the Stairs, , .-Longfellow, . . . 303
Extract from Speech in U. S. Senate, Clay, 305
159. Extension of the American Union Webster, . . . 307
160. Valedictory Address to U. S. Senate Clay, 309
161. Margaret Langford, Bernard, 312
162. Same scene, continued, "315 ,
163. Extract from Speech in U. S. Senate, .... Webster, .... 320
164. Hymn to Adversity, . , Gray 324
165. Prince Henry to his Father Shakspeare, . . .325
166. The Paint King Allston, .... -327
167. Extract from Oration before the Roman Senate, Cicero, 331
168. Character of Cicero, Middleton 335
169. Character of Julius Caesar "... .336
170. Curtain Lecture of Mrs. Caudle, Douglas Jerrold, .337
171. Shaksperiana, .Shakspeare, . . . 34U
172. The Trial Scene from the Merchant of Venice, Shakspeare, . . . 341
173. Tribute to New England, . H. L. Bulwer, . .353
174 The Raven Poe, 357
175. England and America Edward Everett, .359
[The Principles and Directions developed in the Rhetorical
Reader, in the form of Lessons, have been added to each of
the numbers of this series of Reading Books in such propor-
tion as is deemed suitable to the stage for which it was in-
tended, and thus prepare the scholar to take up in Review the
Lessons more extensively and thoroughly laid down in " Park-
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LESSON"'i. A,:: :. .
An Address to Young Persons.—Blair.
1. I Intend, in this address, to show you the importance of beginning early to give serious attention to your conduct. As soon as you are capable of reflection, you must perceive that there is a right and a wrong in human actions. You see that those who are born with the same advantages of fortune are not all equally prosperous, in the course of life. While some of them, by wise and steady conduct, attain distinction in the world, and pass their days with comfort and honor, others, of the same rank, by mean and vicious behavior, forfeit the advantages of their birth, involve themselves in much misery, and end in being a disgrace to their friends, and a burden on society.
2. Early, then, may you learn, that it is not on the external condition in which you find yourselves placed, but on the part which you are to act, that your welfare or unhappiness, your honor or infamy, depends. Now, when beginning to act that part, what can be of greater moment than to regulate your plan of conduct with the most serious attention, before you have yet committed any fatal or irretrievable errors?
3. If, instead of exerting reflection for this valuable purpose, you deliver yourselves up, at so critical a time, to sloth and pleasures; if you refuse to listen to any counselor but humor, or to attend to any pursuit except that of amusement; if you allow yourselves to float loose and careless on the tide of life, ready to receive any direction which the current of iashion may chance to give you, — what can you expect to fellow from such beginnings?
4. While so many around you are undergoing the sad consequences of a like indiscretion, for what reason shall not those consequences extend to you? Shall you attain success without that preparation, and escape dangers without that precaution, which are required of others? Shall happiness grow up
to you, of its own accord, and solicit your acceptance of it when, to the rest of mankind, it is the fruit of long cultivation, and the acquisition of labor and care?
5. Deceive not yourselves with those arrogant hopes. Whatever be your rank, Providence will not, for your sake, reverse its established order. The Author of your being- hath enjoined you to-" take heed; to. your ways; to ponder the paths of your feet;-fro remember .your Creator in the days of your youth." He hath, decreed, that, they only "who seek after wisdom
,'.shall- find it; that Foels shall be afflicted, because of their transgressions; and that whoever refuseth instruction shall destroy his own soul."
6. By listening to these admonitions, and tempering the vivacity of youth with a proper mixture of serious thought, you may insure cheerfulness for the rest of life; but by delivering yourselves up, at present, to giddiness and levity, you lay the foundation of lasting heaviness of heart.
7. When you look forward to those plans of life which either your circumstances have suggested or your friends have proposed, you will not hesitate to acknowledge, that, in order to pursue them with advantage, some previous discipline is requisite. Be assured, that whatever is to be your profession, no education is more necessary to your success than the acquirement of virtuous dispositions and habits. This is the universal preparation for every character, and every station in life.
8. Bad as the world is, respect is always paid to virtue. In the usual course of human affairs, it will be found that a plain understanding, joined with acknowledged worth, contributes more to prosperity than the brightest' parts without probity or honor. Whether science, or business, or public life, be your aim, virtue still enters, for a principal share, into all those great departments of society. It is connected with eminence, in every liberal art; with reputation, in every branch of fair and useful business; with distinction, in every public station.
9. The vigor which it gives the mind, and the weight which it adds to character; the generous sentiments which it breathes; the undaunted spirit which it inspires; the ardor of diligence which it quickens; the freedom which it procures, from pernicious and dishonorable avocations; are the foundations of all that is highly honorable or greatly successful among men.
10. Whatever ornamental or engaging endowments you