The American Reader: Or, Elegant Selections in Prose and Poetry Designed for the Improvement of Youth in the Art of Reading and Speaking with Propriety and Beauty, and for the Cultivation of a Correct Moral Taste, Particularly for the Use of Schools

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Lyman, Hall, 1810 - Bookplates, American - 276 pages

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Page 23 - 1. A soft answer turneth away wrath ; but grievous words stir up anger. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. Pride goeth before destruction ; and a haughty spirit before a fall. Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be truly wise.
Page 23 - planted the ear, shall he not hear ? He that formed the eye, shall he not see ? I have been young, and now I am old ; yet have I never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. It is better to be a door keeper in the house of the Lord, than to dwell in the tents of
Page 110 - expectation that retreat, in which 1 promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government—the ever favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors and dangers. GEO. WASHINGTON.
Page 106 - themselves to the favorite nation) facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity ; gilding with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption or infatuation.
Page 154 - sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth ? Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?
Page 201 - See, a long race thy spacious courts adorn ; See future sons, and daughters yet unborn, In crowding ranks on ev'ry side arise, Demanding life, impatient for the skies ! See barb'rous nations at thy gates attend. Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend ; See thy bright altars throng'd with
Page 97 - expedients of party to acquire influence within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heart-burnings which spring from those misrepresentations ; they tend to render alien to each other those, who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection.
Page 93 - But as it is easy to foresee that from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed, to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth ; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and
Page 23 - 4. I have seen the wicked in great power ; and spreading himself like a green, bay tree. Yet he passed away : I sought him, but he could not be found. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom. Length of days is in her right
Page 107 - people, to surrender their interests. The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connexion as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them

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