First Lessons in Composition: In which the Principles of the Art are Developed in Connection with the Principles of Grammar : Embracing Full Directions on the Subject of Punctuation, with Copious Exercises

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D. Appleton, 1866 - English language - 182 pages
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Page 64 - The only point where human bliss stands still, And tastes the good without the fall to ill ; Where only merit...
Page 149 - Roman soldiery, flung their gnarled arms over a thick carpet of the most delicious green sward ; in some places they were intermingled with beeches, hollies, and copsewood of various descriptions, so closely as totally to intercept the level beams of the sinking sun ; in others they receded from each other, forming those long sweeping vistas, in the intricacy of which the eye delights to lose itself, while imagination considers them as the paths to yet wilder scenes of sylvan solitude.
Page 54 - It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked for books. They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past...
Page 91 - Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap ; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little.
Page 148 - In that pleasant district of merry England which is watered by the river Don, there extended in ancient times a large forest, covering the greater part of the beautiful hills and valleys which lie between Sheffield and the pleasant town of Doncaster.
Page 20 - A Verb is a word that expresses action or a state of being. In the sentence, " John is good," what part of speech is John, and why 1 what is is, and why 1 what is good, and why 7 Mention in order the verbs in the following sentences.
Page 71 - THESE, as they change, ALMIGHTY FATHER, these Are but the varied God. The rolling year Is full of THEE. Forth in the pleasing Spring THY beauty walks, THY tenderness and love. Wide flush the fields ; the softening air is balm ; Echo the mountains round ; the forest smiles ; And every sense, and every heart is joy. Then comes THY glory in the Summer months, With light...
Page 5 - ... treated, examples for correction being presented under each. The different kinds of composition follow ; and, specimens having been first given, the pupil is required to compose successively letters, descriptions, narrations, biographical sketches, essays, and argumentative discourses. After this, the principal figures receive attention ; and the work closes with a list of subjects carefully selected, arranged under their proper heads, and in such a way that the increase in difficulty is very...
Page 64 - Untouched by sorrow, and unsoiled by sin, (Good heavens ! the child is swallowing a pin !) Thou little tricksy Puck! With antic toys so funnily bestuck, Light as the singing bird that wings the air, (The door, the door ! he'll tumble down the stair !) Thou darling of thy sire...
Page 78 - Rule, III. The final consonant of any word accented on the last syllable, if preceded by a single vowel...

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