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LESSONS IN VERSE.
Lesson.

Page.

3. The Life of the Blessed..

Bryant. 15

7. The Summer Morning.

... John Clare. 23

8. Poor Margaret....

Wordsworth. 24

13. Lines written while sailing in a Boat at Evening ... Ibid. 41

14. Obligations of Civil to Religious Liberty.... Ibid. 42

15. Hymn before Sunrise in the Vale of Chamouny.Coleridge. 43

17. Láment for Mary...

Charles Wolfe. 47

18. To the Comet of 1811.

..James Hogg. 49

19. The Ministry of Angels..

Spenser. 50

23. To Blossoms ...

.. Robert Herrick. 59

26. Sonnet-November

Bryant. 63

27. The Lyre..

Milton Ward. 64

29. A happier Clime.

Eastburn. 67

36. The Teaching of Jesus.

Bowring. 85

37. Centennial Hymn

Pierpont. 86

38. Frost.

Miss Hannah F. Gould. 87

39. Funeral in a new Colony..

.Mrs. Sigourney. 88

40. The English Church Service.

James Grahame. 90

42. The Dying Mother.

Pollok. 93

46. To an absent Wife,.

.Heber. 98

48. Scene from Remorse, a Tragedy. .S.T. Coleridge. 101

50. Winter and Summer..

Shelley. 104

51. Close of Life...

. Anonymous. 105

52. The Mermaid's Song..

Hannah F. Gould. 106

54. The Deaf Man...

Wordsworth. 108

57. La Perouse's Voyages.

Campbell. 112

60. Mont Blanc....

Shelley. 119

62. The Grandame.

. Charles Lamb. 124

63. To an Infant

.Coleridge. 125

67. Coming of the Latter Day.

Wordsworth. 134

69. The Playthings.

Miss Gould. 138

70. Mutability of earthly This

.N. A. Review. 139

71. A Scene from the Brothers

Wordsworth. 141

73. To the Holy Spirit.

Herrick. 146

74. Thoughts at Midnight.

Coleridge. 147

75. Look not upon the Wine when it is red.. ... Willis. 148

76. America to Great Britain.... Washington Allston. 149

84. Sabbath Days.

Bernard Barton. 165

89. The Neglected Child..

Thomas H. Bailey. 175

90. Night before the Battle of Waterloo..

Byron. 177

94. A Poet's Address to his Youngest Daughter .. Hogg. 183

95. The Blessed Spirits

.James Montgomery. 184

100. The Twenty-second of December..

Bryant. 191

103. M. S. C....

Charles Sprague. 199

108. The Ocean an Image of Eternity

Byron. 211

112. Verses on receiving his Mother's Picture Cowper. 219

115. Immortality:

Richard H. Dana. 226

116. The Crucifixion

George Croly. 228

117. The Daisy in India .

James Montgomery. 231

125. Rizpah....

Bryant. 256

127. The Children of Henry I. of England. ..Mrs. Sigourney. 260

128. The “ Frenzied Child of Grace".

Crabbe. 262

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Lesson

Page.
129. Sabbath Morning..

.James Grahame. 264
130. Anticipation of the Millennium.

.. Cowper. 265
131. Trust in the Saviour

Wordsworth. 268
135. Prejudice.

.Jane Taylor. 277
136. Hymn for the two hundredth Anniversary of the

Settlement of Charlestown, Mass. .Pierpont. 281
138. The Cotter's Saturday Night.

Robert Burns. 286
143. Song of the Stars ..

...Bryant. 305
144. Affection

.Mrs. Norton. 306
146. The Captive of Camalu.

Thomas Pringle. 310
147. Levi Parsons

..Brainard. 313
148. African Colonization

Ibid. 314
149. The Invalid on the east End of Long Island Ibid. 315
152. Selections in Poetry, from various Authors.....

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Lessons.

Lessons.
Hartley, John..... ..141. Register, Am. Quarterly.. 72, 78.
Heber, Reginald .... 45, 46. Review, Edinburgh. . 137.
Henderson, Ebenezer. 53. Review, N. A........55, 70, 92.
Herrick, Robert..

.23, 73.
Hinds..
97. Scientific Tracts..

.104.
Hogg, James.

.....18, 94. Shelley, Percy B. 50, 60.
Howitt, William.... 81, 87, 96. Sidney, Algernon. ...98.

Sigourney, Mrs. Lydia H.39,127.
Irving, Washington. .. 121, 122, Spenser, Edmund.... 19.
123.

Sprague, Charles. ..103.
Sprague, Peleg...

85.
Jardine, George

93. Stewart, Charles Samuel... 118.
Jeffrey, Francis.

105.

Stewart, Dugald..........110.
Lamb, Charles...

62. Taylor, Jane.. 11, 12, 102, 135.
Lander, John and Richard..59.
Library of Ent. Knowl.....140. U. S. Literary Gazette... 35, 56.
Mackintosh, Sir James. 109. Various Authors... .152.
McVicar, Professor.. 91. Vaughan, Robert.

66.
Maxwell, Solomon... .44.
Montgomery, James. .82, 88, 95, Ward, Milton.....
117.

Ware, Henry, Jr.

24.

Washington, George.. .133.
Nat. Hist. of Enthusiasm..132. Wayland, Francis, Jr....... 64.
Norton, Mrs...... ..144. Webster, Daniel.. 1, 47, 79, 126,

134.
Pierpont, John.. .37, 136. Willis, N. P...

75.
Playfair, John..
.106, 107. Wirt, William..

145.
Pollok, Robert

42. Wolfe, Charles. ..2, 17.
Pringle, Thomas.

146. Wordsworth, William..4, 8, 13,
Pulteney..

142.

14, 54, 67, 71, 80, 131.

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ECLECTIC READER.

LESSON I.

Dignity of Man.-DANIEL WEBSTER.

Man's grand distinction is his intellect, his mental capacity. It is this, which renders him highly and peculiarly responsible to his Creator. It is this, on account of which the rule over other animals is established in his hands; and it is this, mainly, which enables him to exercise dominion over the powers of nature, and to subdue them to himself.

But it is true, also, that his own animal organization gives him superiority, and is among the most wonderful of the works of God on earth. It contributes to cause, as well as prove,

his elevated rank in creation. His port is erect, his face towards heaven, and he is furnished with limbs which are not absolutely necessary to his support or locomotion, and which are at once powerful, flexible, capable of innumerable modes and varieties of action, and terminated by an instrument of wonderful, heavenly workmanship,—the human hand.

This marvellous physical conformation gives man the power of acting, with great effect, upon external objects, in pursuance of the suggestions of his understanding, and of applying the results of his reasoning power to his own purposes. Without this particular formation, he would not be man, with whatever sagacity he had been endowed. No bounteous grant of intellect, were it the pleasure of Heaven to make such grant, could raise any of the brute creation to an equality

with the human race. Were it bestowed on the leviathan, he must remain, nevertheless, in the element where alone he could maintain his physical existence. He would still be but the inelegant, misshapen inhabitant of the ocean, “wallowing unwieldy, enormous in his gait." Were the elephant made to possess it, it would but teach him the deformity of his own structure, the unloveliness of his frame, though the hugest of things," his disability to act on external matter, and the degrading nature of his own physical wants, which lead him to the deserts, and give him for his favorite home the torrid plains of the tropics. It was placing the king of Babylon sufficiently out of the rank of human beings, though he carried all his reasoning faculties with him, when he was sent away, to eat grass like an ox. And this may properly suggest to our consideration, what is undeniably true, that there is hardly a greater blessing conferred on man than his natural wants. If he had wanted no more than the beasts, who can say how much more than they he would have attained ? Does he associate, does he cultivate, does he build, does he navigate! The original impulse to all these lies in his wants. It proceeds from the necessities of his condition, and from the efforts of unsatisfied desire. Every want not of a low kind, physical as well as moral, which the human breast feels, and which brutes do not feel, and cannot feel, raises man, by so much, in the scale of existence, and is a clear proof, and a direct instance, of the favor of God towards his so much favored human offspring. If man had been so made as to have desired nothing, he would have wanted almost every thing worth possessing

But doubtless the reasoning faculty, the mind, is the leading characteristic attribute of the human race. By the exercise of this, man arrives at the knowledge of the properties of natural bodies. This is science, properly and emphatically so called. It is the science of pure mathematics; and in the high branches of this science

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