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READING LESSONS,

FOR THE

HIGHER CLASSES IN CLASSICAL, MIDDLE,

AND DIOCESAN SCHOOLS.

BY THE

Rev. W. B. FLOWER, B.A.,

ONE OF

EX-SCHOLAR OF MAGDALENE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE;
THE CLASSICAL MASTERS OF CHRIST'S HOSPITAL, LONDON;
AUTHOR OF CLASSICAL TALES AND LEGENDS, ETC.

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JOSEPH MASTERS, 33, ALDERSGATE STREET,

AND 78, NEW BOND STREET.

MDCCCXLVIII.

LONDON : JOSEPH MASTERS, PRINTER, ALDERSGATE STRZET.

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PREFACE.

DURING the last few years a great and important change has been effected in many of the old Grammar Schools in the kingdom. A growing feeling obtained that they were inadequate to meet the demands and requirements of the present day, so long as their course of study was confined to classical literature. In consequence of this, instruction in English language

has been introduced into many of them, and far greater numbers have been thereby enabled to share the blessings these venerable establishments were intended to disperse abroad. Another class of schools has also arisen in large and important towns. I allude to the Diocesan Classical, and Commercial schools. The old establishments were founded as seminaries of sound learning and religious education, and the new ones were raised upon the same foundation ; both being intended to rear the children of the Church of England in the pure faith and practice of Church of England men, and so to make obedient children, loyal subjects, honest Churchmen, and

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