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ILLUSTRATING HUMAN LIFE.
I. THE SHEPHERD OF SALISBURY PLAIN.
BY HANNAH MORE.
PROBABLY that portion of Hannah More's literary works which, when originally published, were most beneficial, and which still are adapted to the most extensive usefulness, is the collection of narratives entitled, “ The Cheap Repository Tales.” They were designed as antidotes to those demoralizing ballads and fictions which were diffused among the multitudes who have little leisure or inclination for grave meditations. Hence they combine useful instruction in the most familiar form, and inculcate the purest Christian morals, with the exhibition of practical piety, not in the mandatory tone of the didactic monia tor, but in the exemplary portraitures of our constant associates, and the actual occurrences of ordinary life.
Two of those Tales only are much known in this country- All for the Best,” and “ The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain.” The latter has been prefixed, because it is so highly appreciated, and because it un. folds the true character of the whole series.
The Tales are not fictitious, although the homely facts are embellished by the author's imaginative adorning.