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PREFACE

CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER once said, “To teach a child to read, and not teach it what to read, is to put a dangerous weapon into its hands.” There can be no doubt as to the truth of this statement. This volume introduces the pupil to some of the best literature in our language, and enables him to make the acquaintance of many of the masters of English, both poets and prose writers, English and American authors.

Exercise is the law of growth. There will be no exercise without growth, nor growth without exercise, and largely the nature of the exercise will determine the kind of growth. Like produces like. The kind of reading one does determines his taste for literature. The kind of reading one does in school will largely determine the kind of reading he will do through life. It is worth while to fix the following thought so firmly in mind that it will never be forgotten:

“Sow an act and you reap a habit;

Sow a habit and you reap a character;
Sow a character and you reap a destiny."

The selections from Longfellow, Lowell, Holmes, Warner, and Cary are made by permission of, and by arrangement with, Houghton Mifflin Company, the authorized publishers of their works. Acknowledgments are also due to D. Appleton and Company for selections from Bry

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