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are every way acceptable. In most Niterary compositions, likewise something will be found capable of administering delight. The sobriety of plain prose, and the gaiety of sprightly verse, have charms for him. Every production, from the gravity of history down to the artless simplicity of fable, catches his attention and engages his heart. From the enchanting soft. ness of beauty in all her variegated forms, up to the tremendous terrors of the sublime, what a range of enjoyment! That map is an object of envy. He lives as in a superior region. He converses with an higher circle of objects. To this favoured votary of taste, especially if he be a virtuous character, the following lines may with propriety be addressed :

« To please thine ear, soft notes the linnet pours,

And with grand peals the deep-ton'd thunder rolls; The streamlet murmurs and the torrent roars;

The zephyr whispers and the tempest howls. From each, or lofty, or mellifluous sound,

Each fair or awful form that strikes the sight, In art's wide sphere, or nature's ample round, 'Tis thine to draw refind and rich delight !".

Fawcett.

Thus have I attempted by a few cursory remarks on Genius and Taste --to inform the un. derstanding and improve the judgment of the Rising Generation. The mind should be taught early to discriminate.to, view on every side the objects presented to it.--to ascertain their bearings and tendencies--and thus to render every thing with which it comes in contact subservient to its advantage. In an age when there is so general a taste for reading, it is de

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CONTENTS

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.... 101

109

Page View of Rome

.Semple ...... 98 The Proud Man

..Sterne

100 History

.Southey Maternal Affection

102 Liberality of Sentiment ....Lord Kaimes 103 Parable against Persecution ..Dr. Franklin 104 Undutiful Child

.Dr. H. Smith 105 Eccentricities of Genius .:... ..Southey

ib. The Elephant

..Buffon.... 106 The Rock of Gibraltar........ Semple

...... 107 The Human Mind

....Dr. Lardner 108 Differences of Opinion Dr. Paley Goldsmith

..Cumberland 110 The New Testament .......... Dr. Paley 111 Johnson

..Cumberland 112 The Methods of Improvement Watts 113 Early Taste for Reading ...... Godwin...... 116 The Power of Habit ..........

... Gilpin ...... 117 The Golden Mean ............ Dr. Johnson 118 Youth

............. Gilpin ...... 120 Resentment

..... Dr. Paley 122 The Beauties of Nature ...... Dr. Percival 123 Personal Elegance

Usher

125 The March of Life.

..Barbauld 126 The Horse

.. Buffon

127 The Stages of Human Life

.... Dr. H. Smith 128 The Works of Creation........ Bigland 129 Royal Epitaph

Southey Taste.

Blair ........ ib. Devotion...

....... Dr. Gregory 132 Bad Company

Dean Bolton 133 Ancient Rome

..Spence

135 The Discharge of Duty.. Dean Bolton 137 The Waste of Life

Linnæus Raising the Hand to the Head Paley

141 The Love of Fame

....Fitzosborne .. 142 Early Improvement .......... Seed Social Life...

.. Dr. Drake .. 145 Father and Son

.Ogden

146 Sir William Jones's Epitaph Vanity

..Miss More

148 Dr. Bently.

Anon........ ib. Knowledge..........

Knight ...... 149

... 130

.... 138

... 144

..... 147

Page Garrality

Morrice 149 Ridicule .......

............ Mrs. Chapone 150 Origin of Language............ Blair

151 The Golden Rule

............ Atterbury 153 The Image of God ............Jortin

154 Labour

........... Adam Smith 155 Covering of Animals ..........Dr. Paley 157 Variety of Labour ............ Adan Smith 158 The Earth ....

............ Kaimes...... 160 The Two Gardeners .......... Anon... ib. Vanity and Affectation........Mrs. Chapone 161 Regularity ....................Ditto........ 162 Friendship .................... Anon........ ib, Reading ......................Ditto........ 163 The Kindness of Providence .. St. Pierre.... 164 Youth ........................ Malthus .... 165 The Conqeror

......G. Walker ..

166 The subjects of History ......Ditto........ 167 Trae History

......J. Holland.. 108 An Estimate of History........G. Walker .. 169 The History of England ......J. Holland .. 170 Study of History

Ditto........ 171 Propriety

Miss More .. 172 Excessive Indulgence

Miss Hamilton 173 The Divine Omnipresence .... Mrs. West .. Salutary Restraints

... 174 Religion

......... Moore ...... 175 The Man and the Boy.

.....Knor..

ib. Activity ........ Mackenzie ..

176 Timidity. ...................Johnson

.... 177 Filial Gratitude

.......Dr. Kett .... ib. Becoming Confidence ........ Anon........ 178 Constantinople....... ... Semple ...... 179 Commerce

.Rutherford.. 180 The Sacrifice of Widows ...... . Hodges..

...... 188 William the Third ............ Belsham 184 The Highlanders ...

Ditto........ 186 The excellent Woman ........ Wolstonecroft 187 Christmas Candles............ Brand ...... 189 Sensibility

Wolstonecroft 191 Meditation on a Padding. ..... Dr. Johnson

192 Duty to Parents

. Dodsley 193 Delicacy of Conduct ..........J.S.

190

ib.

...... 207

... 211

215

Page. Civil Society

.Dr. Watson 195 Jerusalem

.. Brown

198 Duties of School Boys..........Rollin

200 Singular Superstition........... Semple ...... 202 The Jews.

Rutherford.. ib. Imagination

...A. Tucker 203 The Invention of Printing ....Roscoe 204 Virtuous Love

Hall ........ 205 Capture of Constantinope

206 Remarkable Dream

Clark
The Upas Tree
Grateful Poverty.

.... Rumford.... 212
The Christian System ........Dr. Towers .. 214
Character of Dr. Robertson ..Dr. Erskine
The Canterbury Tales ........ Dryden 217
Mumbo Jumbo

... Park

218 Russia ...

W. Tooke ....

219 Carious sight at Palermo ..... Sonnini 220 Pompey's Pillar

Irwin

221 Folly and Wickedness of War Butcher 223 Trade

Bp. Newton

225 The Art of Printing

226 The Newfoundland Dog ...... Bingley 227 History

..Dr.H. Hunter 228 Person & Manners of Cowper Hayley...... 229 The Origin of all things Dr. H. Hunter 230 Frenchman and Englishmanž.

ib. St. Paul's Dome

131 The Cultivation of the Mind .. A.

233 Mount Vernon

234 Wonderful Effect of Music

235 The Adventurous Dutchman

236 The Rise of the Reformation.. Roscoe 237 The Soul ..........

Burns

239 Religion

..Ditto........ 240 Peter the Wild Boy

241 General Washington .......... Dr. Morse .. 242 John Wilkes, The Imitation of the Saviour..Dr.H.Hunter 245 London

..... Godwin...... 246 Mystery and Revelation ......Dr.H.Hunter 248 Address to Christian Mothers.. Dr. Hunter ib. The Folly of Atheism ........Dr. Parr.... 249

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