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THE student will find it to his advantage always to prepare a pre liminary analysis. To aid him in this, models in the principal depart ments of prose composition are first presented.

1. A PARALLEL.-The Old and the New Testament.

I. Their respective writers.

II. The parties to whom they are each addressed.

III. The languages in which they are respectively written.

IV. Comparison of their style.

V. Authenticity of each, by whom acknowledged.

VI. Tone of the teachings of each.

2. A DESCRIPTIVE LETTER.-Dated Niagara Falls.

I. Acknowledge receipt of a friend's letter, and offer to give an account of a summer tour which you are supposed to have taken.

II. Preparations for leaving home.

III. Incidents on the way to Niagara.

IV. General remarks on the pleasures, fatigues, and advantages, of travelling.

V. Description of the Falls and the surrounding places.

VI. Comparison with any other scene.

VII. Emotions awakened by sublime scenery.

VIII. General remarks about returning, and the anticipated pleasure of rejoining friends.

3. HISTORICAL NARRATIVE.-The Spanish Armada.

I. Introductory Remarks on the great expeditions of which history tells us.

II. Causes that led to the outfit of the Armada.

III. General description of the Spanish vessels of that age.

IV. Strength of the Armada.

V. Consternation in Britain, and preparations to meet it.

VI. Fate of the Armada.

VII. Political Consequences.

VIII. General reflections. History shows that divine interference often frustrates the

greatest human efforts.


I. State of Rome at the time of Cæsar's birth.

II. Cæsar's birth and parentage.

III. Incidents of his youth. Came near falling a victim to Sylla's cruelty.

IV. His first military exploits.

V. Means which he took to attain popularity.

VI. Rapid political advancement. Mighty conquests.

VII. His fate; the causes that led to it, and its consequences.

VIII. Cæsar's character, as a general; as an author; as a man.

5. ESSAY.-Ships.

I. Origin. When and by whom first made?

II. Appearance. Original form and subsequent improvements.
III. Inventions. Mariners' compass; application of steam.

IV. Objects for which they are used.

V. Usefulness, as compared with other means of transportation.
VI. Effects that ships have produced on mankind.

VII. Feelings excited by seeing a ship under full sail.


6. Character of Columbus and that of Sir

Isaac Newton.

8. Luther and Calvin.

9. Cæsar and Alexander.

7. The character of St. John and that of 44. The Era of Louis XIV.

45. The American Revolution.

St. Paul.

46. The Battle of Bunker Hill.

47. The Reign of Terror.

48. The Invasion of Russia by Napoleon

10. Firmness and Obstinacy.

11. Physical and Moral Courage.

12. Ancient and Modern Literature.

13. Invention of the Mariner's Compass and Application of Steam to Navigation.

14. Ancient and Modern Greece.

15. Ancient and Modern Rome.

18. A Concise and a Diffuse Style.

17. Prose and Poetry.

23. Theory and Practice.

24. The Ideal and the Real.

25. Ancient and Modern Patriotism.

26. The Sacred and the Profane Poets.

41. Luther at the Diet of Worms.
42. The Thirty Years' War.
43. The Reign of Queen Anne.


49. The Hungarian Revolution.

50. The Russo-Turkish War.

18. Beauty and Sublimity.

19. The Man of Talent and the Man of 57. Cicero.


20. Wit and Humor.

21. French and English Character.

22. Courage and Rashness.

37. Granting of the Magna Charta.
88. The Discovery of America.
39. The Settling of America.
40. The Reformation.


51. Moses.

52. Ruth.

53. Solomon.

54. Homer.

55. Daniel.

56. Alexander the Great.

58. Mark Antony.

59. Mohammed.

60. Charlemagne.

61. Richard Cœur de Lion.

62. Petrarch.

63. Tasso.

64. Columbus,

65. Henry VIII.

66. Erasmus.

67. Bloody Mary.

27. The Deluge.

28. The Crossing of the Red Sea. (Exo- 68. Sir Isaac Newton. 69. Queen Elizabeth

dus, chap. XIV.)

70. Shakspeare.

71. Maria Theresa.

29. Naaman, the Leper. (II. Kings, chap.v.)
30. The History of Jonah.
81. Jephthah's Daughter. (Judges, chap. 72. Peter the Great.

73. Voltaire.

XI., V. 29.)

82. David and Goliath. (I. Samuel, chap.


33. The Reign of the Emperor Nero.

84. The Era of Haroun Al Raschid.

85. The Norman Conquest.

36. The Crusades.

74. Patrick Henry.

75. Washington.

76. Franklin.

77. Robespierre.

78. Aaron Burr.

79. Howard, the philanthropist.

80. Mungo Park.

81. Adventures in California.
82. An Encounter with Pirates.

83. A Lion Hunt in Southern Africa.

84. The Indian's Revenge.

85. The History of a Pin. 86. The History of a Bible. 87. The History of a Cent. 88. The History of a Shoe. 89. The History of a Looking-Glass.

90. The History of a Belle.

91. The History of a School-room.

92. The Story of an Old Soldier,

93. Robinson Crusoe.

94. A Hurricane in the Torrid Zone. 95. Visit to Mount St. Bernard. 96. The victim of Intemperance. 97. Incidents of a Whaling Voyage. 98. Adventures in Australia.

99. The Prisoner of the Bastile.

100. The Smugglers.

101. The Alchemist.

102. The Flower-Girl.

103. A Voyage to the Mediterranean.

104. Visit to an Almshouse.

105. Encounter with Robbers.


106. Spring.

107. A Thunder-storm.

108. Flowers.

109. The Beauties of Nature.

110. Snow.

111. Mountains.

112. Forests.

113. A Lake Scene.

114. A Storm at Sea.

115. Our Country.

116. Thanksgiving Day.

117. The Study of History.

118. The Advantages of Education.

9. Peace.

120. War.

121. An Earthquake.

122. Chivalry.

123. Scene in an Auction-Room.

124. The Ruins of Time.

125. The Fickleness of Fortune.

126. Disease.

127. The Cholera.

128. Prayer.

129. Death.

180. Life.

181. Youth.

182. Old Age. 133. Morning. 134. Evening. 135. Day.

136. Night.

137. Summer. 138. Autumn.

139. Winter.

140. The Mission of the Dew-drop

141. Truth.

142. Honesty.

143. Earth's Battle-fields.

144. Gambling.

145. Echo.

146. Anger.

147. Self-government.

148. Ambition.

149. Contentment.

150. The Love of Fame.

151. Palestine and its Associations.

152. City Life.

153. The West Indies.

154. Melancholy.

155. Life in the Country.

156. Purity of Thought.

157. Patience.

158. The Life of the Merchant.

159. The Life of the Sailor. 160. The Life of the Soldier. 161. The Mariners' Compass. 162. The Spirit of Discovery. 163. Pride.

164. The Art of Printing.

165. The Third Commandment.

166. Mirrors.

167. Newspapers.

168. Jerusalem.

169. Novelty.

170. The Bible.

171. The Sun.

172. The Starry Heavens.

173. Astronomy.

174. The Rainbow.

175. The Moon.

176. The Aurora Borealis,

177. The Stars.

178. Comets.

179. The Earth.

180. The Study of Geography. 181. The Province of Rhetoric.

182. The Mystic Seven.

183. The Pleasures of Travelling.

184. The Congress of the United States

185. The Applications of Steam.

186. Public Libraries.

187. Rain.

188. The Fourth Commandment. 189. Rivers.

190. To-morrow.

191. The Russian Empire.

192. The Ocean.

193. True Politeness.

194. Icebergs.

195. The Pearl Fishery.

196. Early Piety.

197. The Arctic Regions,

198. The Wrongs of the Indian. 199. Egyptian Pyramids.

200. Government.

201. Manufactures.

202. Character of the Ancient Romans.

203. The Influence of Woman.

204. The Schoolmaster Abroad.

205. The Pleasures of Memory.

206. Humility.

207. Natural History.

208. Music.

209. The Hypocrite.

210. The Art of Composition. 211. The Invisible World.

212. Poetry.

213. Man's True Greatness.

214. Virtue.

215. Vice.

216. The Sabbath.

217. Jealousy.

218. The Fifth Commandment.

219. A Volcanic Eruption.

220. Oriental Countries.

221. Deserts.

222. Egypt.

223. The Mohammedan Religion.

224. Paganism.

225. Industry.

226. Idleness.

227. Flattery.

228. Intemperance.

229. Excelsior.

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