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FOR BEGINNERS

WITH NOTES AND VOCABULARY

BY

CHARLES HARRIS
Professor of German in Adelbert College of Western Reserve
University, and author of Selections for German

Composition" and German Lessons"

NEW YORK

HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

F. W. CHRISTERN

BostỌN : CARL SCHOENHOF

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ROBERT DRUMMOND, ELECTROTYPER AND PRINTER, NEW YORK.

PREFACE.

The purpose of this book is to provide for the beginner in German easy and interesting selections which can be used profitably with the first lessons in the language. The place of such an introductory book cannot well be taken by short stories or plays or other simple texts, for even the easiest of them are not suitable for the earliest reading. They present difficulties of thought, style, and vocabulary, which either discourage the beginner or rob his study of most of its interest. Something simpler and more carefully graded is needed as an introduction to such texts, so that they may be eventually read with that sense of mastery which adds new zest to each day's work.

The editor's belief that the reader should be begun with the first or second lesson in the language has particularly influenced the choice and treatment of the selections in Part I. There are, of course, many grammatical details in the first pages which the beginner cannot explain, but he can understand the meaning of the German.

The text of the selections in Parts II.-VI. follows the standard editions of the various authors. A few of the poems have, however, been taken at second-hand. The spelling conforms to the Prussian official rules. There are no other intentional changes except as indicated in the Notes. For convenience of treatment all of the poems

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