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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 Paor

42. Eternity of God Greenwood. 131)

59. True Honesty Follen. 184

63. Voices of the Dead Cumming. 200

G5. Incentives to Duty Sumner. 20-3

70. On the Pleasure of Acquiring Knowledge Alison. 21(1

73. The Bible 222

75. The Introduction of Christianity into Europe Ide. 227

81. The ltoman Empire a Preparation for Christianity Wayland. 243

H2. Venders of Astronomy 0. M. Mitchell. 245

84. The Vines uf the Ocean Swain. 250

115. True Greatness Channing. 339

139. The World of Beauty around us Horace Mann. 402

|4&. Address at Gettysburg ...Abraham Lincoln. 425

FOETEY.

4. The Old Clock on the Stairs Longfellow. 12

6. To a Water Fowl Bryant. 22

The Good Great Man Coleridge. 107

69. All Things are of God 2foor*. 9.H

71. Hymn at the Consecration of a Cemetery Newell. 21*

72. The Conqueror's Grave Bryant. 220

74. God Derzluivin. 22X

S3. Thanatopsis Bryant. 247

107. Lines to a Child, on his Voyage to France, to meet his Father, Ware. 319
141. Elegy written in a Country Church-yard Gray. 405

PROSE.

Iksson Pass

8. The Slave Trade Webster. 28

12. Obligations of America to England Everett. 39

29. Speech on the American War Chatham. 97

31. Character of Chatham Orattan. 103

47. Imaginary Speech in Opposition to the Declaration of Independence,

Webster. 154

48. Mr. Adams's Reply to the above Speech "15a

57. The Western Posts Ames. 180

68. The Future of America Webster. 212

100. Loss of Union Irreparable "300

103. American Nationality Choate. 307

108. The Death of Hamilton Nott. 321

110. American Laborers Naylor. 326

113. Spartacus to the Gladiators E. Kellogg. 334

117. The Last Hours of Webster Everett. 345

134. Speech of Ringan Gilhaize Gait. 382

140. The Reform Bill Sydney Smith. 404

142. The Cause of the Union Winthrop. 410

145. Vindication of Ireland Shell. 420

149. Second Inaugural Address Abraham Lincoln. 426 POETRY.

9. Hohenlinden Campbell. 31

10 The Husker's Song Whittier. 33

17. The Fall of Poland Campbell. 55

28. Napoleon's Return Miss Wallace. 94

32. The Pilgrim Fathers Pierpont. 105

36. Slavery Cowper. 120

37. Charge of the Light Brigade Tennyson. 122

38. Union and Liberty Holmes. 125

61. Spanish War Song Mrs. Hemans. 167

62. Hallowed Ground Campbell. 168

65. Warren's Address before the Battle of Bunker Hill Pierpont. 176

66. Address to the Sun Ossian. 209

80. The Launching of the Ship Longfellow. 240

89. Greece in 1809 Byron. 266

97. The Widow of Glencoe Aytoun. 290

104. Lines on the Entry of the Austrians into Naples Moore. 311

114. The Battle Hymn of the Berlin Landsturm KiSrner. 338

118. Hymn before Sunrise, in the Valley of Chamouni, Switzerland,

Coleridge. 347

119. Old Ironsides Holmes. 349

122. Song of the Greeks Campbell. 355

126. Apostrophe to the Ocean Byron. 363

128. Extract from Rienzl Miss Mitford. 368

129. The Passions.......... Collins. 869

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