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haps the best reason that can be offered, in favour of poetical selections for the use of young and innocent minds, is, the tendency which they have, when properly made, to preserve the chastity of their sentiments, and the purity of their morals.
In “ The Sequel," as well as in “The English Reader," several pieces are introduced, which, in a strik. ing manner, display the beauty and excellence of the christian religion. Extracts of this kind, if frequently diffused amongst the elements of literature, would doubtless produce happy effects on the minds of youth, and contribute very materially to counteract, both the open and the secret labours of infidelity. With these views, the Compiler derived particular satisfaction, in selecting those pieces which are calculated to attach the young mind to a religion perfectly adapted to the condition of man; and which not only furnishes the most rational and sublime enjoyments in this life, but fecures complete and permanent felicity hereafter.
3. Christianity furnishes the best consolation under
3. The folly and misery of idleness,
9. Creation the product of Divine goodness,