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HERE are few persons insensible to the

charms of Poetry. Children almost as

soon as they can speak may be taught in verse what will never be effaced from their memory during life. It is therefore of the greatest consequence that the poetic taste of young people should be so guarded as to exclude everything that might injure their minds, or morals, and at the same time to provide such food for it as shall combine instruction with amusement, and while it pleases the imagination shall influence the mind towards religion and virtue. Sir Philip Sydney, in his beautiful “Defence of Poesie,” says, “That as virtue is the most excellent resting-place for all worldly learning to make his end of; so poetry, being the most familiar to teach it, and most princely to move towards it, in this most excellent work, is the most excellent workman.”

This large collection of Juvenile Poetry has been most carefully made. In the selection the compiler's aim has been, that each piece should inculcate a truth, a moral, or a fact, and also to exclude everything that might tend to lead the young into

error.

E. D.

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