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the same great object continues to be pursued, by faithful endeavours to cultivate the understandings of youth, and by a steady attention to discipline, it is hoped that you will have the satisfaction to observe the same effects produced, and that the scene will be realised, which our POETESS has so beautifully described
When this, this little group their Country calls
most obedient servant,
DR. ENFIELD'S “Speaker” has long been a favourite Manual of Instruction in Reading, Elocution, and Recitation. This popularity is in a great measure owing to the good taste and discrimination evinced in the selections. But as it was felt that a few of the most beautiful pieces in our more modern literature would be a valuable accession in themselves, and strictly in unison with the original design, the publishers have availed themselves of the services of the Rev. James Pycroft in making an appropriate selection, and they trust that the care bestowed upon the present Edition will secure for the work a larger share of public favour than it has even hitherto enjoyed.
In addition to passages from Shakespeare, Dr. Johnson, and Cowper, the publishers have been enabled, by the kind permission of the proprietors of the respective copyrights, to add a few of those choice pieces which are too widely scattered, and in too
expensive a form, to be generally available in the instruction of youth. Such are--" The Spanish Armada,” by T. B. Macaulay ; “Hohenlinden," by Campbell ; Bishop Heber's “Hymn in India;" - The Homes of England,” by Mrs. Hemans ; and the favourite “ Monody on the Death of Sir John Moore.”