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E x IIS DE M ScRIPT°2 R 1 BUS DE P Ro MA- T°A.
PUBLISHED BY JOSEPH CUSIHING,
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THE approbation with which the world has received my little Latin collection of select stories from the - Old Testament, has determined me to present it with a N second collection from profane autliors, together with some of their moral precepts. My design has been, in \ both, to put into the hands of children, and others that begin to learn the Latin tongue, some little pieces, that \migbt be easy to understand, and at the same time might improve their morals. No doubt can be made but that the ' Holy Scriptures afford us those advantages, which is the reason probably, that has induced so many masters, both in a pub!ick and private character, to make their ? scholars read that collection.
Thät this might, as far as possible, merit the same esteem, I thought it incumbent on me not to lose sight of those two objects, clearness of thought and ex pression. and usefulness of matter. With respect to the former, I have been obliged, and especialiy in tbe first part, to retrench from the stories and maxims I borrowed, the thoughts which were subtile or obscure ; to change sometimes expressions which were refined, and too far fetched for children, into others that were more simple ; to shortem phrases which were too long : and lastly, paying greater regard to plainness and facility than sound, to place the words in a more natural order ; tbat manner \9f ranging them, which is so great a beauty to the I.atin f`tongue, being a burden to all Wfio first begiù to translate | the anthoys who have written in it. For this reason the , reader will find all the words almost of the first chapters of this book placed according to their natural and common construction. When we* teach children langeage, Nitis sufficient at first tò teach them rules, and make them know words. The time will follow, when they must attend to elegance. It is not till after the foundations of an edifice have been well laid, that we gmploy our thoughts about the decorations of the apartments.