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Not being able to find, in any single text-book, the pieces which I have been in the practice of giving to my pupils, as exercises in recitation, I have been at length.compelled to make a selection of my own. In making this selection, I have studiously avoided the introduction of numerous vapid common-place extracts, which are to be found in the best collections ; but which are exceedingly ill adapted to interest the student, and, consequently, to call forth those powers, the development and the cultivation of which, are the prime object of the teacher.
In the Introduction which follows, an attempt is made to simplify Mr. Walker's system of the inflections—with what degree of success, I leave it to the critic to judge ; but, even if I have failed, I shall still content myself with the reflection, that the undertaking will most probably have the effect of causing that system to be more narrowly inquired into; and of eventually producing—what every teacher with whom I have conversed upon the subject, has acknowledged to be a thing “ devoutly to be wished”-a reduction in the number, and a more lucid economy in the arrangement of the rules. So much for the lovers of system.
For my owa part, with all the respect in the world for system, I conceive it my duty to state that I consider system to be a merely secondary consideration, in the article of delivery—and to warn the student and the teacher against trusting to it chiefly, for the effect of the oration. Here Nature is your only goddess; for he is your only orator, whom she inspires. Emotion is the thing. One flash of passion upon the cheek --one beam of feeling from the eye-one thrilling note of sensibility from the tongue—one stroke of hearty emphasis from the arm-have a thousand times the value of the most masterly exemplification of . all the rules, that all the rhetoricians, of both ancient and modern times, have given us, for the government of the voice—when that exemplification is unaccompanied by such adjuncts. :
I have not attached to this collection any system of pronunciation, as pronunciation is better, because more amply, taught, in dictionaries. i
I have taken the liberty of differing from all my predecessors, in not attempting to give a description of the principal passions; and for this plain reason—No man who really feels a passion, can err in his delineation of it; and I conclude these few preliminary remarks, with one brief recommendation, which, I conceive, includes all that is essential in delivery
BE IN EARNEST.
On the Love of Life, .
On Grieving for the Dead, . . . . Adam Smith, 2
On Remorse, . . . . . .
Discontent the Common Lot of all Mankind, Rambler, 5
On the Sublime in Writing, . ...
On Study, . .. . . . . .
Reflections in Westminster Abbey, . . Spectator, 12
Virtue Man's Highest Interest, . . . Harris, 13
The Character of Mary, Queen of Scots,' . Robertson, 15
On Military Glory, . .
Liberty and Slavery, . .
Reyno and Alpin,
Story of the Siege of Calais
• Fool of Quality, 23
On Living to One's Self, .
Comal and Galvina, . .
On the Psalms, . . . . . . Horne, 30
Anningait and Ajut, ...'
On the Pleasure of Painting ...
Damon and Pythias, .' .' . . Fool of Quality, 39
Brethren should Dwell together in Harmony, Percival, 41
On the Abuse of Genius, with reference to the
· Works of Lord Byron, . . . . . .
Harley's Death, . . . . .
Advantages of uniting Gentleness of Manners,
with Firmness of Mind, . . . . Chesterfield, 47
The Elder's Death-bed . .'. . Wilson, 49
On Lord Byron's Lines upon the Field of Waterloo, Anon. 53
The Perfect Orator, . . . . . Sheridan, 54
Lord Byron considered as a Moralist and a Poet, . Anon. 55
Story of Le Fevre, . . .
On the Threatened Invasion in 1803, . . . Hall, 68
The Christian Mother, . . . . Kirwan, 71
Christ our Consolation and Relief, under the ap-
prehension of being Separated by Death, from
those we Love, . . . . . . . Logan, 72
Infatuation of Mankind with regard to the Things
of Time, ·
Danger of Delay in Matters of Religion, . . Logan, 74
On the Death of the Princess Charlotte, . . Hall, 77
On the Death of the Princess Charlotte, . . Chalmers, 81
Sitting in the Chair of the Scorner, . . . Logan, 85
The Plurality of Worlds not an Argument against
the Truth of Revelation, . .
Christ's Agony,' . . . . . . Logan, 89
The Deluding Influence of the World, . . Kirwan, 90
There is no Peace to the Wicked, . i . Logan, 92
On the Importance of an Interest in the Divine
Favour, . . . . . . . . Cappe, 94
The Melancholy Effects of Early Licentiousness,
in a Sermon, preached for the Female Orphan
House, . . . . . . . . Kirwan, 97
Religion the distinguishing Quality of our Nature, Logan, 98
ANCIENT AND MODERN ORATORY.
Hannibal to his Soldiers, . . . . . Livy, 101
Speech of Lord Chatham in the House of Peers
against the American War, and against employ-
ing the Indians in it, . . . . i
Cicero against Verres, . . .
Invectives against Hastings, . . . . Sheridan, 110
Cicero for Milo, . . . . . ?
Lord Chatham's Reply to Sir Robert Walpole, .
Caius Marius to the Romans, . . .
Demosthenes to the Athenians, exciting them to
prosecute the War against Philip, . . .
Curran for Hamilton Rowan, ..
Debate on the Character of Julius Cæsar, . .
EXTRACTS IN RHYME.
Apostrophe to Love, . . . . . . . Burns, 174
The Soldier's Dream. . . . . . Campbell, 174
On True Dignity, . . . . . . Beattie, 175
Glenara, . .
. . . . Campbell, 176
The Death of Marmion, . . . . Sir Walter Scott, 177
The Burial of Sir John Moore, . . . Wolfe, 177
The Battle of Hohenlinden, ... . Campbell, 178