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PIECES IN PROSE AND VERSE,
SELECTED FROM THE BEST WRITERS.
DESIGNED TO ASSIST YOUNG PERSONS TO READ WITH PROPRIETY
BY LINDLEY MURRAY,
TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED,
The Definitions of Inflections & Emphasis,
RULES FOR READING VERSE,
EXHIBITING THE METHOD OF APPLYING THOSE PRINCIPLES TO THE
BY M. R. BARTLETT,
STEREOTYPED, PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY H. AND E. HINNEY
NORTHERN District of NEW-YORK-TO WIT :
IT That on the twelfth day of
B December, in the forty-seventh year of the Indepen
dence of the United States of America, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and twenty two, M. R. BARTLETT, of said District, has deposited in this office, the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit: "The English Reader, or Pieces in Prose and Verse; 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, by Lindley Murray, author of an English Grammar, &c. To which are prefixed, the definitions of Inflections and Emphases, and rules for reading Verse, with a Key, exhibiting the method of applying these principles to the pronunciation of written language. The Inflections as well as Emphases are also actually applied, by sensible characters and agreeably to the directions contained in the Key, to the whole of Mr. Murray's selections. By M. R. Bartlett, author of The Practical Reader:"-In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned,” and also to the act entitled "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of Designing, Engraving, and Etching historical and other prints."
ANY selections of excellent matter have been made for the
so great utility, that fresh productions of them, and new attempts to improve the young mind, will scarcely be deemed superfluous, if the writer make his compilation instructive and interesting, and sufficiently distinct from others.
The present work, as the title expresses, aims at the attainment of three objects: to improve youth in the art of reading; to meliorate their language and sentiments; and to inculcate some of the most important principles of piety and virtue.
The pieces selected, not only give exercise to a great variety of emotions, and the correspondent tones and variations of voice, but contain sentences and members of sentences, which are diversified. proportioned, and pointed with accuracy. Exercises of this nature are, it is presumed, well calculated to teach youth to read with propriety and effect. A selection of sentences, in which variety and proportion, with exact punctuation, have been carefully observed, in all their parts as well as with respect to one another, will probably have a much greater effect, in properly teaching the art of reading, than is commonly imagined. În such constructions, every thing is accommodated to the understanding and the voice; and the common difficulties in learning to read well are obviated. When the learner has acquired a habit of reading such sentences, with justness and facility, he will readily apply that habit, and thre improvements he has made, to sentences more complicated and irregular, and of a construction entirely different.
The language of the pieces chosen for this collection has been carefully regarded. Purity, propriety, perspicuity, and, in many instances, elegance of diction, distinguish them. They are extracted from the works of the most correct and elegant writers. From the sources whence the sentiments are drawn, the reader may expect to find them connected and regular, sufficiently im. portant and impressive, and divested of every thing that is either trite or eccentric. The frequent perusal of such composition naturally tends to infuse a taste for this species of excellence; and to produce a habit of thinking, and of composing, with judgment and accuracy.*
That this collection may also serve the purpose of promoting piety and virtue, the Compiler has introduced many extracts, which
*The learner, in his progress through this volume and the Sequel to it, will meet with numerous instances of composition, in strict conformity to the rules for promoting perspicuous and elegant writing contained in the Appendix to the Author's English Grammar. By occasionally examining this conformity, he will be confirmed in the utility of those rules; and be enabled to apply thein with ease and dexterity.
It is proper further to observe, that the Reader and the Sequel, besides teach ing to read accurately, and inculcating many important sentiments, may be con sidered as auxiliaries to the Author's English Grammar; as practical illustra tions of the principles and rules contained in that work.