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LESSON.

Page.

134. The Memory of Our Fathers .

. Dr. Beecher. 291

137. The Poetry of the Bible .

Dr. Spring. 294

139. The Mysterious Stranger

.Jane Taylor. 298

140. The Same

Ib. 300

141. Crater of Kirauea .

Ellis. 303

144. The Eagle's Nest .

Wilson, 307

145. The Same

Ib. 310

147. The Monk

Sterne. 314

150. Description of a Siege .

Walter Scott. 319

151. Invasion of Switzerland .

Sydney Smith. 322

154. Evils of War . .

Anonymous. 326

155. On the Removal of the British Troops from Boston . Chatham. 327

157. Eulogy on La Fayette .

.Sprague. 332

158. Character of La Fayette .

Everett. 334

163. The Baptism

Wilson. 343

164. Observance of the Sabbath.

Dr. Spring. 347

167. Folly of Intoxication

Shakspeare. 350

169. Choice of Hercules

Tatler. 353

171. Speech on the Catholic Question

Grattan, 358

172. On a Standing Army

Pulteney. 359

175. The Twins .

Wilson. 364

176. The Same

Ib. 368

180. Shakspeare.

Hazlitt, 373

181. Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress .

Macaulay. 375

184. The Natural and Moral Worlds

Grimke, 380

185. Advantages of a Well-educated Mind.

.Bigland. 381

186. The Will.

Anonymous. 383

189. Or of Property

Blackstone. 387

190. North American Indians.

Sprague, 391

192. Lord Brougham's Eloquence

Anonymous. 395

194. British Refugees v.

. Patrick Henry. 401

195. The Fourteenth Congress

.R. H. Wilde. 403

198. Scale of Animal Existence.

Spectator. 410

201. Lament for the Dead

Ossian. 415

202. A Republic of Prairie Dogs

W. Irving. 416

203. Prince Henry and Falstaff .

Shakspeare. 418

204. Combat between a Crusader and a Saracen

. Walter Scott. 421

208. Life.

Bishop Heber. 427

209. The Shipwreck .

Anonymous. 428

210. The Hill of Science.

Aiken, 430

215. The Discontented Pendulum .

.Jane Taylor. 437

217. Scene from the Poor Gentleman.

Colman. 442

219. Battle of Marathon

Bulwer. 448

221. The Family of Marco Bozzaris .

Stevens. 452

223. Duties of American Citizens .

Webster, 458

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224. Importance of the Union
228. Westminster Abbey .
230. Grateful Old Age :-Soliloquy of Palæmon
231. New Year's Night of an Unhappy Man .
234. God Blesses the Industrious

PAGË.

Webster. 459

Addison. 465
Gesner. 469
Richter, 471
Taylor, 476

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POETICAL LESSONS.

LESSON.

Page,

2. Hymn to the Night Wind .

Wilson. 62

3. The Cataract of Lodore.

. Southey. 63

8. To the Dead.

J. G. C. Brainard. 73

9. The Village Blacksmith

H. W. Longfellow. 73

13. Song of the Stars

Bryant. 79

14. Sorrow and Hope

Herder's Hebrew Poetry. 80

15. The Hour of Prayer

Mrs. Hemans. 81

19. Select Paragraphs.

. Cowper, Addison, Cotton 87

21. Ode to an Infant Son.

.Hood. 90

22. Hamlet's Soliloquy.

Shakspeare. 91

24. The Gouty Merchant and the Stranger .

Anonymous. 95

28. Vanity of Life.

Herder's Hebrew Poetry. 99

29. Poetic Style .

Pope. 101

30. Burial of Sir John Moore .

Charles Wolfe. 102

31. The Mariner's Dream.

.Dimond. 103

32. Mary, the Maid of the Inn

. Southey. 104

33. Midnight Mass for the Dying Year

H. W. Longfellow. 107

34. The Soldier's Rest.

. Walter Scott. 108

35. Jephthab's Daughter .

.N. P. Willis. 109

36. The Treasures of the Deep

Mrs. Hemans. 110

37. Hector's Attack on the Grecian Walls

Pope's Homer. 111

38. Battle in Heaven.

Milton. 113

40. Henry V. to his Troops.

Shakspeare, 116

41. Rienzi's Address to the Romans.

.Miss Mitford. 117

45. God is Every Where

Hutton. 125

46. Satan, Sin, and Death

Milton. 126

49. The Prisoner for Debt

Whittier. 133

51. Pulaski's Banner.

H. W. Longfellow. 137

52. Downfall of Poland

Campbell. 139

55. Modulation .

Lloyd. 142

56. Othello's Apology

Shakspeare. 143

57. Faithless Nelly Gray.

. Hood. 145

62. The Roman Soldier ;-Last Days of Herculaneum. . Atherstone. 152

63. The Family Meeting :

Charles Sprague, 155

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LESSOX.

PAGR.

64. I'm pleased, and yet I'm sad

H. K. White. 156

71. The Reaper and the Flowers .

H. W. Longfellow. 176

72. Spring

Mary Howitt. 177

73. The May-Day Carol.

Heber. 177

76. Summer Evening

W.C. Bryant. 184

77. The Snow-Flake

Miss Gould. 185

80. The Parting of Marmion and Douglas.

. Walter Scott. 190

81. Red Jacket, the Indian Chief.

F. G. Halleck. 192

84. The Pearl Diver.

Mrs. Hemans. 199

85. Elegy in a Country Church-Yard .

.Gray. 200

90. A Psalm of Life.

H. W. Longfellow. 211

91. The Justice and Power of God Noyes' Translation of Job. 211

94. The Nose and the Eyes

Cowper. 217

95. The Well of St. Keyne.

Southey. 218

96. Elegy on Madam Blaize

Goldsmith. 219

100. Fall of Cardinal Wolsey .

Shakspeare. 227

101. Character of Cardinal Wolsey

Shakspeare. 230

104. Address to a Mummy

Anonymous. 234

105. Paper: A Conversational Pleasantry

Franklin. 236

108. The Departed.

Park Benjamin. 241

109. Thanatopsis

W.C. Bryant. 242

110. The Church-Yard.

Karamisin. 244

114. The Battle of Ivry

Macaulay. 251

115. Lord Ullin's Daughter.

Campbell. 253

117. The Last Sigh of the Moor.

.Miss Jewsbury. 258

118. The Approach of a Devastating Army.

. Bible. 259

121. The Dream of Clarence

Shakspeare. 264

122. Ambition

.N. P. Willis. 266

123. Adam's Morning Hymn

Milton. 267

124. The First of April

T. Warton. 268

127. Hymn on the Seasons

Thomson. 277

128. The Quack. ..

Anonymous. 279

131. Apostrophe to the Sun.

Percival. 285

132. Darkness.

Byron. 287

135. The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers

Mrs. Hemans. 292

136. Song of Emigration .

Mrs. Hemans. 293

138. Song of Moses at the Red Sea

Exodus xv. 297

142. Apostrophe to Niagara

Mrs. Sigourney. 305

143. God, the Author of All Things

Montgomery. 306

146. The Dead Eagle .

Lit. Souvenir. 312

148. The Philosopher's Scales

.Jane Taylor. 316

149. The Battle of Blenheim

. Southey. 317

152. Battle of Talavera

Byron. 324

153. The Warrior's Wreath.

Anonymous. 325

156. Edward and Warwick.

Translated from the French. 330

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LESSON.

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159. The Voice of Spring

Mrs. Hemans. 337

160. The Rain

Miller. 339

161. Birds in Autumn

Mrs. Sigourney. 340

162. Address to Winter

Cowper. 342

165. The Star of Bethlehem

H. K. White. 349

166. What is Time ?.

Marsden. 349

168. Death and the Drunkard.

Anonymous. 351

170. Alexander's Feast.

. Dryden. 355

173. Murder of Arthur.

Shakspeare. 361

174. Remorse of King John

Shakspeare. 362

177. The Widow

Edwards. 370

178. My Mother's Picture

Cowper. 371

179. The Evening Wind .

W. C. Bryant. 372

182. The Goodness of God.

. Psalm ciii. 377

183. God seen in the Phenomena of Nature

.W. G. Clark. 378

187. The Traveler at the Source of the Nile

Mrs. Hemans. 385

188. What Constitutes a State

Sir William Jones. 386

191. Battle of Beal' an Duine.

. Walter Scott. 392

193. The Quarrel of Brutus and Cassius.

Shakspeare. 398

196. Antony's Oration over the Dead Body of Cesar Shakspeare. 406

197. The Storm at Sea .

Carrington. 408

199. God seen in All Things

Moore. 413

200. Resolution of Ruth

. Christian Examiner. 413

205. Lochinvar

. Walter Scott. 424

206. An Invocation

Mellen. 425

207. The Coral Grove

Percival. 426

211. The Victorious March of God

.Herder's Hebrew Poetry. 431

212. God the Defense of his People

Isaiah xliii. 433

213. Apostrophe to Mont Blanc .

Coleridge. 434

214. Thunder-Storm on the Alps

Byron. 436

216. Address to a Shred of Linen.

Mrs. Sigourney. 440

218. Star-Light on Marathon

R. Montgomery. 447

220. Song of the Greek Bard

Byron. 451

222. Marco Bozzaris .

F. G. Halleck. 456

225. The American Flag ·

J. R. Drake, 461

226. The Eagle

Percival. 462

227. Rome

Byron. 464

229. The Three Warnings

Mrs. Thrale. 467

232. The Closing Year.

.G. D. Prentice. 472

233. The Last Man

Campbell. 474

235. God's Goodness to Such as Fear Him

Psalm xxxvii. 479

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PART FIRST:

THE PRINCIPLES OF ELOCUTION.

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS.

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The first step to be taken by one who desires to become a good reader or speaker, is to acquire a habit of distinct articulation. Without this, the finest voice, the utmost propriety of inflection, and all the graces of articulation, fail to please.

The habit of defective articulation is generally contracted in the first stages of the learner's progress, and arises either from indolence, which produces an indistinct and drawling utterance, or from too great haste, which leads to running words together, and to clipping them by dropping unaccented words and final consonants.

Habits of this kind, frequently, indeed, generally, become so inveterate by the time the pupil is sufficiently advanced to use a work on rhetorical reading, or any treatise on elocution, that the most constant and unremitting attention is necessary on the part of both teacher and pupil, in order to correct them. Nothing but a resolute determination to succeed, and faithful practice upon exercises selected with especial reference to the end in view, can accomplish this object. There must be added to this, a constant watchfulness against relapse, when the learner comes to lessons of a more general character.

A monotonous style of reading and speaking, is often formed at the same early age. The little reader is apt to prolong the sound of the word he has just deciphered, until he can “spell out” the one which follows; and if he is hurried from one lesson to another, without having time given him to practice upon that with which he is already familiar, his progress may seem rapid : but he is not learning to read, in the proper sense of the word, that is, to give utterance to words with that modification of voice which their relation to each other demands : he is only becoming familiar with the appearance of words, so as to call their names readily.

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