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THERE are so many selections of poetry in use among young people at this time, that it may seem presumption in me to offer another to the public ; but I have long observed that the first books, used by children who occasionally commit poetry to memory, are laid aside before they have been learned half through, for something farther advanced, and that those which are afterwards put into their hands, contain many pieces beyond their comprehension, and others, that are not of a nature to interest them.
The idea arose in my mind, that by choosing several of the most approved pieces from various authors, and arranging them gradationally, so as to suit the progressive state of the youthful mind, I might make one small book answer the
This I have done with a view to economy and to the advantage of my pupils, and trust that my
humble efforts will not be despised .by those who superintend the education of youth.
Tom was a modest little boy,
For he was very good :
But own'd them, as he should.
mother; For this I've noticed, many a time, That, trying to conceal one crime,
Does always make another. “My parents both are wise and kind, They teach me to improve my mind,
And all my faults amend ; And still thei: counsels to obey, No doubt, must be the wisest way, And safest in the end.