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SELECTIONS FROM NEARLY ONE HUNDRED
AND FIFTY DIFFERENT AUTHORS,
FOR USE OF
FOR READING, RECITATION, AND ANALYSIS.
I. N. CARLETON,
This little manual has been prepared to meet the wants and wishes of many parents and teachers. It was suggested by a discussion at a meeting of teachers where the opinion was very decidedly expressed that more attention should be given to memoriter exercises in schools and families. Youth is the golden season for storing the memory with choice thoughts and expressions. An eminent educator,* in alluding to the importance of this, says:—“Had it not been for the wise course of my parents I should now be without the comfort of innumerable gems, of prose and poetry, sacred and secular, which I committed to memory in childhood.”
This little book contains about two hundred choice selections from nearly one hundred and fifty different and eminent authors, -and each selection has, at least, one thought worthy of special attention.
Pupils should be required to commit them very carefully and recite them accurately and clearly, and also give a brief account of the author of the selection. At the end of each piece the name of the writer is given, with place and date of birth, and if the writer is not living, the date of death. It will be a useful exercise for pupils to search for items of
* Newton Bateman, Pres. of Knox College.
interest. Appleton's American Cyclopedia, Lippincott's Biographical Dictionary, and Allibone's Dictionary of Authors will be valuable for reference.
It is believed the compilation will also be found useful for an occasional reading book, and for lessons in analysis and parsing.
With the sincere hope that it may prove both acceptable and useful, it is offered to teachers and parents with the best wishes of the
COMPILERS. NEW BRITAIN, CONN.,
N. B. A smaller manual, with shorter selections, designed for grammar and intermediate schools, entitled “Memory Gems,” has already been favorably received. It is from the same publishing house.
1. Well-Doing. There is no virtue without a characteristic beauty to render it particularly loved of the good, and to make the bad ashamed of their neglect of it. To do what is right, argues superior taste as well as morals; and those whose practice is evil have a certain feeling of inferiority in intellectual power and enjoyment, even where they take no concern for a principle. Doing well has something more in it than the mere fulfilling of a duty. It is a cause of a just sense of elevation of character; it clears and strengthens the spirits; it gives higher reaches of thought; it widens our benevolence, and makes the current of our peculiar affections strong and deep.
R. II. Dana, Mass., 1787—,
The aim of education is to show our youth the broad line of demarcation between the value of those