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The compiler has taken several pieces which have long been familiar to all persuns 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, espeeially 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.


4. The Old Clock on the Stairs

.Longfellow. 12

3. To a Water Fowl...

. Bryant. 22

The Good Great Man..

. Coleridge. 107
69. All Things are of God.......

Noona, 214
71. Hymn at the Consecration of a Cemetery,

.Neweil, 216
72. The Conqueror's Grave

. Bryani. 220

74. God

Derziavin. 223

83. 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

Tvö. Triai oi Warren Hastings
124. The First Predicted Eclipse
127. Summer...........

136. Canning and Brougham...

152. The Eloquence of Everett

20. The Battle of Flodden Field

21. Same Subject, concluded...

44. Home

56. Ginevra

60. Paul Revere's Ride.

64. The Rainbow.....

79. The Burial of Sir John Moore..
85. Scene after a Summer Shower
92. The Execution of Montrose....
94. The Shipwreck
95. The Contrasts of Alpine Scenery

138. The Skeleton in Armor

A Forest Scene....



5. Rip Van Winkle

.. Irving. 15
26. The Captive...

........ Sterne. 87
49. Death and Burial of Little Nell...

........Dickens. 159
53. Fashionable Parties in New Netherlands ..........

.. Irving. 170
111, Mrs. Caudle urging the need of Spring Clothing .............Jerrold. 328


13. Give me Three Grains of Corn, Mother...... ......Miss Edwards. 42
23. The Deacon's Masterpiece; or, The Wonderful “ One-horse Shay,"

Holmes. 77
25. Helvellyn ....

....Sir Walter Scott. 85
50. Address to the Mummy in Belzoni's Exhibition, London,

Horace Smith. 165
58. Over the River....

Miss Priest. 183
67. The Burial of Arnold..

Willis. 210

102. The Angels of Buena Vista.

Whittier, 305

109. The Indians ..

Sprague. 3:23

112. The Bridge of Sighs

Hood. 331

123, A Parental Ode to my Infant Son

Hood. 356


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