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THE

Moral Mifcellany:

OR, A

COLLECTION

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SELECT PIECES,

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In P ROSE and VERSE.

FOR THE

INSTRUCTION and ENTERTAINMENT

of YOUTH.

The FOURTH EDITION, corrected and enlarged.

LONDON:

Printed for T. CADELL, in the Strand.

MDCCLXXIII,

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Published by the fame Editor.

I. AN HISTORICAL MISCELLANY,

ORICAL

The Second Edition, Price gs.

II. THE POETICAL

MISCELLANY:

Confifting of SELECT PIECES from the Works of the following POETS, viz.

MILTON,
DRYDEN,
POPE,
ADDISON,

GAY,
PARNEL,

YOUNG,

THOMSON,

AKENSIDE,

PHILLIPS,

GRAY,

WHARTON,

FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS.

The Second Edition, Price 3 s.

ADVERTISEMENT.

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HE Editor's principal defign in this MISCELLANY, was to collect from some of the best modern writers fuch parts of their works, as feemed beft adapted to form the minds of youth to just and proper fentiments on the most interesting fubjects.. Such a collection, he imagined, would be very useful in schools, and not only fo, but peculiarly fuited to fuch perfons as cannot afford to purchase those works from which. the collection is made.

To render it as entertaining as poffible, and to convey instruction in the most agreeable manner, he has taken care to infert feveral Stories, Visions, and Allegories, which impress the imaginations, and fix the giddy roving minds of youth more than any other fpecies of compofition. With the fame view he has likewife inferted feveral pieces of Poetry, which he hopes will be acceptable to every class of readers.

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In a word, he can't help thinking that this collection may be of confiderable service to form the minds of youth to knowledge and virtue, and likewife to give them fome notion of the beauty, ftrength, and elegance of our own language, which, though an important branch of education, is, in general, too much neglected.

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THE

CONTENT S.

N the Omniscience and Omniprefence of the Deity, together with the immenfity of his Works Page 1 Motives to Piety and Virtue, drawn from the Omniscience and Omniprefence of the Deity Reflections on the Third Heaven

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The prefent Life to be confidered only as it may conduce to the Happiness of a future One

14

On the Immortality of the Soul

On the Animal World, and Scale of Beings

Providence proved from Animal Inftin&

25

The Atheist inexcufable in endeavouring to make Con

verts

29

On Chearfulness

33

On the Advantages of a chearful Temper

37

On Cruelty to Brutes, with an Elegy on a Black-
Bird

41

A Parallel between Alcxander and a Highway-Man 48
On Chastity

53

On Natural and fantastical Pleasures

57

The Obfervance of Sunday recommended. An Allegory 62
Religion and Superftition. A vifion

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On Lying

How far the Precept to love our Enemies is practi

cable

75

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