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from the Rev. J. Blandford's Report will afford abundant testimony :
“In order to teach children to read well, the instructor must accustom them to read poetry more frequently than according to the general habit. If
proper pieces were selected, they might be made the groundwork of admirable lessons, not only in the art of reading, but also in geography, grammar, history, &c. For instance, what an excellent lesson in reading, history, and geography combined might be given from those stirring lines of Macaulay, in which he describes, with such spirit and power, the firing of the beacons announcing the approach of the Spanish Armada ! The allusion to Mexico, in the fourth line?, would afford ample scope to an intelligent master. He might describe the variety of its soil and climate, the stores of its mineral wealth, its grand and picturesque scenery, its luxuriant vegetation, the character of its ancient inhabitants, and the romantic history of its conquest; in short, every line might be made the groundwork of communicating to a class abundant information in a most agreeable manner. I know from experience that a lesson given on this plan is admirably calculated to keep up the attention of children, and that the thought and study absolutely necessary to give the lesson with energy and vigour is an excellent exercise for the master."
The extracts which enrich this volume, from the works of Macaulay, Montgomery, Rogers, and Wordsworth, are inserted by the obliging permission of the proprietors of the respective copyrights. The cheap editions of the works of the above authors ought to find a place in every school library.
W. MCLEOD. R. M. Asylum, 1850.
1 Minutes of Committee on Education, 1848, vol. ii. p. 188.
See page 92.
Lamentation of David over Saul and Jonathan
POETICAL READING BOOK.
THE CREATION. Cre-al-tor, the Being who
as-cend', rise ; go up
scando. creates, or makes out of
crowned, adorned nothing
globus. con-fused',dis-ordered ; mix
soll-id, firm; compact
solidus. ed fusum. vil-tal, having life
vita. at-tends, waits on
tendo. de-signed', intended signum. com-mand', order
mando. | cre-al-tion, the universe
Said the Creator Lord :
Rose at his sov'reign word.
Confused, and drown'd the land :
Attends on his command.
The clouds ascend, and bear
And float on softer air.
Was gather'd by his hand;
And leave the solid land. * The meanings of the prefixes, affixes, and roots, will be found at the end of the work.