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of its own, of which it need not be ashamed ;fathers, and heroes, and sages, of its own, whose deeds and praises are worthy of being “said or sung" by even the mighty masters of the lay,"—and with whose deeds and praises, by being made familiar in our childhood, we shall be not the less qualified to act well our part, as citizens of a republic. Our country, both physically and morally, has a character of its own. Should not something of that character be learned by its children while at school ? Its mountains, and prairies, and lakes, and rivers, and cataracts,—its shores and hill-tops, that were early made sacred by the dangers, and sacrifices, and deaths, of the devout and the daring—it does seem as if these were worthy of being held up, as objects of interest, to the young eyes that, from year to year, are opening upon them, and worthy of being linked, with all their sacred associations, to the young affections, which, sooner or later, must be bound to them, or they must cease to be-what they now are—the inheritance and abode of a free people.

It has been my object to make this book-what it is called—a National Reader. By this I do not mean that it consists, entirely, of American productions, or that the subjects of the different lessons are exclusively American. I do not understand that a national spirit is an exclusive spirit. The language of pure moral sentiment, the out-pourings of a poetical spirit, the lessons of genuine patriotism, and of a sublime and catho lic religion,-let them have proceeded from what source they may,-not. a few pieces, especially, which have long held a place in English compilations,- I have adopted freely into this collection, and believe that I have enriched it by them. I trust that there will be found in it not a line or a thought, that shall offend the most scrupulous delicacy, or that shall give any parent occasion to tremble for the morals of either a son or a daughter; and I hope that a regard for my own interest, if no higher consideration, may have prevented my being unmindful of that section of the late law of this commonwealth, which provides, that no committee of a public school shall ever“ direct any school books to be purchased, or used in any of the schools under their superintendence, which are calculated to favour any particular religious sect or tenet.

In regard to rules or directions for reading, the same considerations which prevented my filling up any part of the American First Class Book with them, have induced me to introduce none of them into this collection" of exercises. Three things only are required to make a good reader. He must read so that what he reads shall, in the first place, be heard ; in the second, that it shall be understood; and, in the third, that it shall be felt. If a boy has voice, and intelligence, and taste enough to do all this, then, under the personal guidance and discipline of a teacher who can read well, he will learn to read well; but if he has not, he may study rules, and pore over the doctrine of cadences and inflections, till " chaos come again,". he will never be a good reader.

In the humble hope that this compilation may contribute something to the accomplishing of the young, in this country, in the art of reading and speaking well,--something to the improvement of their taste, the cultivation of their moral sense and religious affections, and, thus, something to their preparation for an honourable discharge of their duties in this life, and for "glory, honour, and immortality," in the life that is to come, I submit it to the disposal of the public, and ask for it only the favour of which it may be thought worthy. Boston, June, 1827.

J. P.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

LESSONS IN PROSE.

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The names of American authors are in small capitals.

Lesson.

Page

1. Discovery of America, abridged from

Robertson. 9

2. A good Scholar

. Mlay. 14

3. The good Schoolmaster

Fuller. 16

4. Attention and Industry rewarded.

Berquin. 18

5. On Lying:

Chesterfield. 20

6. Portrait of a Patriarch, selected from Job, by.

Addison. 21

7. An uncharitable Spirit rebuked...

- A Rabbinical Tale. 22

11. Religious Contemplation of the Works of God.

. Moodie. 26

12. Criminality of Intemperance...

.H. WARE, JR. 27

13. The Worm

.MISSOURIAN. 29

14. Debt and Credit

..... TRENTON EMPORIUM. 31

15, The Indians of North America. ..CINCINNATI NAT. REPUBLICAN. 33

16. Story and Speech of Logan

.JEFFERSON. 35

20. Grandeur and Interest of American Antiquities. .T. Flint. 43

22. The American Indian, as he was, and as he is. .C. SPRAGUE 47

23. The Grave a Place of Rest

Mackenzie. 49

28. Obedience to the Cominands of God rewarded.

.. Moodie. 56

29. Promises of Religion to the Young

Alison. 57

30. On the Swiftness of Time

.Johnson. 58

33. Obidah,—the Journey of a Day.

.Id. 62

31. The Vision of Mirza ...

.. Addison. 66

37. The Widow and her Son.

.C. Edwards. 72

39. The Little Man in Black

W. IRVING. 75

39. The same, concluded..

.IBID. 78

10. Danger of being a good Singer. ..London Literary Chronicle. "82

45. The Voice of the Seasons.

Alison. 90

46. Anecdote of Richard Jackson. .London Quarterly Review.

91

47. Description of Niagara Falls.

.. Howison. 92

49. Cataract of Terni.

.ANONYMOUS.

98

50. a West Indian Landscape

Malte-Brun. 101

51. Devotional Influences of Natural Scenery.. Blackwood's Ed. Mag 102

52. Passage of the Shenandoah through the Blue Ridge. ..JEFFERSON. 105

58. The Funeral of Maria

. Mackenzie. 111

59. A Leaf from “ The Life of a Looking-Glass”. Miss J. Taylor. 113

64. Industry necessary to Genius

V. Knox. 121

65. Story of Matilda..

Goldsmith. 123

67. Early Recollections ..

New Monthly Magazine. 126

72. Cruelty to Animals reproved.

Mavor. 135

73. Excessive Severity in Punishments censured

Goldsmith. 137

77. Religion the Basis of Society.

CHANNING. 142

78. Punishment of a Liar..

..Bible 11.

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Page.

79. Claims of the Jews

.Noel. 145

80. Happiness of Devotional Habits and Feelings. Wellbeloved. 147

86. Folly of deferring Religious Duties..

Ibid. 156

87. Religion the best Preparation for Duty in Life.

NORTON. 158

88. The Young of every Rank entitled to Education ...GREENWOOD. 160

93 The Bells of St. Mary's, Limerick ....London Literary Gazette. 168

94. Jerusalem and the surrounding Country

Letters from the East, Carne. 171

95. The same, concluded

Ibid. 176

98. Mount Sinai

Ibid. 180

100. Religious Education necessary

.GREEN Wood. 185

101. Importance of Science to a Mechanic.. .G. B. EMERSON. 188

102. Story of Rabbi Akiba...... . From Hurwitz's Hebrew Tales. 190

107 First Settlement of the Pilgrims in New England, abridged

and compiled froin.

Robertson and Neal. 196

108. Extract from an Oration delivered at Plymouth.....E. EVERETT. 200

109. Extract from the same,...

.......Ibid. 201

110, Claim of tho Pilgrims to the Gratitude and Reverence of

their Descendants .,

...0. DEWEY. 205

114. Character of the Puritan Fathers,

GREENWOOD. 213

115. The same, concluded.

Ibid. 216

116. Extract froin a Speech on the American Colonies..Lord Chatham. 219

117. Extract from a Speech on British Aggressions. .PATRICK HENRY. 221

118. Account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord

Botta. 223

119. The samo, concluded ..

..Ibid. 227

120, Extract from an Oration delivered at Concord. .E. EVERETT, 229

127, Account of the Battle of Bunker's Hill..

Botta. 242

123. The same, concluded .

...Ibid. 246

130. Extract from an Address on Bunker's Hill, .D, WEBSTER. 950

131. Extract from the same...

.Ibid. 252

134. Extract from a Speech on Dinas Island

. Phillips. 257

135. Nature of True Eloquence. Extract from a Discourse in

commemoration of Adams and Jefferson

D WEBSTER. 260

136. Extract from the same Discourse

IBID. 261

137 Extract from the same..,

..Ibid. 263

LESSONS IN POETRY.

8. Paraphrase of the Nineteenth Psalm.

.. Addison 23
9. Morning Meditations

.. Hnukesworth. 24

10. Nature's Music..

. Anonymous. 25

17. Geehale, An Indian Lament.

.NEW YORK STATESMAN. 36

18. Fall of Teoumseh....

..... ID. 38

19. Monument Mountain..

BRYANT, 39

21. Mounds on the Western Rivers...

NI. FLLYT. 46

24. On planting Flowers on the Graves of Friends... Blackwood's Mag. 51

25. Thoughts in Prospect of Death,...... ..Henry K. White. 52

26. The Grave

m...... Bernard Barton. 53

27 The Fall of the Leaf..

. Milonov, translated by Bouring. 54
31. Lines on returning to one's Native Country

Anonymor:S. 60
32. “He shall fly away as a Dream”

. Anon. 62
35. The World we have not scen

.... Anon 70
36. The Better Land......

.Mrs. Hemans 71

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41. The Country Clergyman .

Goldsmith. 84

42. Parody on. The Country Clergyman” .Blaokwood's Ed. Mag. 86

43. Elegy on Mrs. Mary Blaize

. Goldsmith. 88

44. The Sick Man and the Angel.

Gay. 89

48. Niagara Falls,-from the Spanish. U.S. LITERARY GAZETTE. 96

53. T'he Blind Boy.

.. Bloomfield. 106

54. A Thought on Death

Mrs. Barbauld. 107

55. The Old Man's Funeral

..BRYANT. 107

56. Sunday Evening......

Bowring. 109

57. The Star of Bethlehem

.....J. G. PERCIVAL. 110

60. The silent Expression of Nature...

Anonymous. 117

.61. A Thought

.Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. 118

62. Fidelity.

Wordsworth. 119

63. Solitude.

Henry K. White. 121

66. The Man of Ross

....Pope. 125

68. On visiting a Scene of Childhood .Blackwood's Ed. Magazine. 129

69. The little Graves

. Anonymous. 131

70, Life and Death

· New Monthly Magazine. 133

71. The Burial of Arnold.

Willis. 131

74. Address to Liberty

..Cowper. 138

75. The Hermit

.. Beallie. 139

76. Hymn to the Stars

Monthly Repository. 141

81. The Seasons

Mrs. Barbauld. 149

82. March

......BRYANT. 151

83. April.

.LONGFELLOW. 152

84. May

.J. G. PERCIVAL. 153

85. The Voice of Spring

. Mrs. Hemans. 153

89. Childhood and Manhood. An Apologue.

....Crabbe. 162

90. The Skies.....

.BRYANT. 164

91. Address to the Stars...

New Monthly Magazine. 165

92. Song of the Stars..

. BRYANT. 166

96.“ That ye, through his poverty, might be rich" ......W. Russell. 178

97. Elijah fed by Ravens

Grahame. 179

99. The Summit of Mount Sinai

Montgomery. 184

103. Alice Fell

Wordsworth. 191

104. The Æolian Harp..

European Magazine. 193

105. Burial of Sir John Moore.

Charles Wolfe. 194

106. War unnatural and unchristian.

MELLEN. 195

111. Song of the Pilgrims....

.T. C. UPHAM. 210

112. Landing of the Pilgrims.

Mrs. Hemans. 211

113. The Pilgrim Fathers .

.PIERPONT. 212

121. Elegy, in a Country Churchyard.

. Gray. 231

122. The Grave of Körner

Mrs. Hemans. 235

123. God's First Temples. A Hymn

.BRYANT. 236

124. Hymn of Nature

PEABODY. 239

125. Lines on revisiting the Country

..BRYANT. 241

126 Lines on a Beehive ....

. Monthly Repository. 22

129. Warren's Address before the Battle of Bunker's Hill..PIERPONT. 250

132. Hymn, commemorative of the Battle of Bunker's Hill........Id. 254

" What's hallowed Ground ?".

Campbell. 255

138. The School Boy...

... Amulet. 266

139. Stanzas addressed to the Greeks.

Anonymous. 267

140. Spanish Patriot's Song, .

Anon. 268

141. The Three Warnings

. Mrs. Thrale. 269

142. The Mariner's Dream

Dimond. 272

143 Absalom

WILLIS. 274

133.

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INDEX OF AUTHORS.

..5.

.79.

The names of American authors are in Italic.
Lessons.

Lessons.
Addison

.6, 8, 34. Jefferson, Thomas...... .16, 52
Alison.

.29, 45. Johnson, Dr. Samuel ...30, 33.
Amulet
138.

..64.
Anonymous ...10, 31, 32, 35, 49,

Knox, Vicesimus..
60, 69, 105, 139, 140.

Longfellow, H. W.

..33.
Banks
.94, 95, 98. Mackenzie

.23, 58.
Barbauld, Mrs. L... ..54, 81. Magazine, New Monthly 67,70,91
Barton, Bernard.

.26.

Blackwood's Edin..24,
Beattie..

.75. 42, 51, 61, 68.
Berquin

.4.
European

104.
Bible

.6, 78.
Malte-Brun

.50.
Bloomfield.
.53. Mavor

72.
Botta .... .118, 119, 127, 128. May

.2.
Bowring
.27, 56. Meilen

.106.
Bryant 19, 55, 82, 90, 92, 123, 125. Milonov,translated by Bowring 27.
Campbell....

Missourian
.133.

13

.99.
Channing, W. E.

.77.

Montgomery

Moodie
Chatham, Lord,-W. Pitt...116.

.11, 28.
Chesterfield

Nealand Robertson(abridged) 107.
Chronicle, London Literary ..40. Noel
Cowper
..74. Norton, A........

..87.
Crabbe...

.89.
Peabody, W. 0. B..

.124
Dewey, Orville
.110. Percival, J. G...

.57, 84.
Dimond
.142. Phillips

134.
Edwards, Charles

.37.

Pierpont, J. .113, 129, 132
Emerson, G. B.

.101.
Pope

..66
Emporium, (Trenton) .14. Rabbinical Tales

.7, 102
Everett, Edward ..108, 109, 120. Repository, Monthly ....76, 126
Flint, T..

.20.

Republican, Nat. (Cincinnati)..15.
M.

.21.

Reriew, London Quarterly...46.
Fuller.

..3.
Robertson, (abridged)

.1

and Neal(abridged) 107.
Gay

..44.
Russell,
William .

.96.
Gazette, London Literary....93.
United States Literari 48.

Sprayue, Charles .
Goldsmith .41, 43, 65, 73.

Statesman, New York

...17, 18.
Grahame

..97
Taylor, Miss Jane

.59
Gray
.121. Thrale, Mrs.....

.141.
Greenwood, F. W. P.

.88, 100,
114, 115.

Upham, T. C....

.111.
Hawkesworth.

9.
Ware, H. Jr....

.12.
Hemans, Mrs. F..36,85,112, 122.

Webster, D.130, 131, 135, 136, 137.

Wellbeloved..
Henry, Patrick
.117.

.80, 86.
Howison

.47.
White, Henry K

.25, 63.
Willis..

.71, 143.
Troing, Washington .38, 39. Wordsworth.

62, 103

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