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it may be remarked, that the whole amount of space so occupied in Part I. does not exceed thirty pages; the other pages, constituting more than three fourths of this Part, contain pieces which exemplify and il lustrate the rules under which they are placed, and, at the same time, afford some of the best specimens of reading-matter, both in respect to sentiment and style.
In selecting the reading lessons, both in Part I. and Part II., care has been taken that they should be new, or such as are not found in other school-books; that they should be adapted, not only to teach the art of reading, but to the capacities of the scholar; should be characterized by purity and variety of style; should be arranged in progressive order, and contain some useful instruction, suited to interest the young mind and improve the heart. It is believed that pieces, which contain some valuable thought or inculate some noble and virtuous sentiment, if written in an easy and attractive style, will be no less interesting to the young mind, and will be read a second and a third time with far more pleasure and profit, than those which consist of mere story or fiction, or sickly sentimentalism.
To aid the pupil in understanding what he reads, without which he can not read well, the more difficult words in each lesson in Part II. have been defined and placed at the head of the lesson, that they may be learned by the pupil before he comes to the reading exercise. Notes, also* are furnished at the bottom of the page, giving such information concerning persons or places named, or facts alluded to, as will aid the scholar in understanding the piece, or add to its interest. And, besides this, at the close of each reading lesson, questions are asked relative to the subject and prominent ideas in the lesson, and the elocutionary rules which it exemplifies. If these particulars are carefully attended to by teachers and pupils, they will do much, it is believed, not only to secure the reading of this book well, but to induce a habit of reading understandingly at all times, and thus facilitate general progress in knowledge.
This Revised And Enlabged Edition, containing sixty-two pages of new and peculiarly appropriate lessons, embraces Evert Variety or Rhetorical Exercises required in the school-room; but no changes have been made that will prevent the two editions being used in the same class, until the lessons of the old edition are exhausted.
In making this revision and enlargement, the authors have availed themselves of the valuable suggestions from many Practical TeachErs, both in New. England and New York, whose friendly services are hereby gratefully acknowledged.
Boston, November 26, 1866.
Grammatical and Rhetorical Pauses 129
Rule for Rhetorical Pause, with Examples 130
CHAPTER VI.— READING POETRY" 133
Rule 1, with Example 134
Rule 2, with Example . . . . 335
Rule 3, with Examples 136
Reading Exercises Illustrating The Rules.
92. Selections in Poetry. — Continued. From Apostrophe to the Ocean,
Byron. — From Pleasures of Hope, Campbell. — From The
22. The Power of Steam Parley's Magazine. 193
864*1 '11 Give or Take Original Adaptation from Arthur. 233X
53*The Riftht of Way "" " " 2744^
75. The City Park "" " " 338
89. Scene from William Tell Sheridan Knowles. 377
H3. Selection from David and Goliah Hannah More. 391
102. A Court of Justice in Venice Shakspeare. 411