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PRE FACE.

In a “ Reader,” properly so called, it is obvious that such exercises are most appropriate as are best for the one purpose of elocutionary practice. Regard should be had to this requirement rather than to the scientific or encyclopedical character of the lessons. The author has been influenced by these views in the preparation of the present work. It will be found to represent quite a variety of styles. The greater number of the pieces have never before had a place in any similar collection ; but some will be recognized that are familiar to every cultivated taste.

It is difficult to see why, in commending to the young of our day a literary standard, we should offer them one lower than that their fathers looked up to. Indeed, our best teachers of elocution generally prefer, for drilling exercises, those they are already acquainted with ; such pieces as, from their marked power and superiority, can never become hackneyed. The book that is largely made up of these can not be justly set aside under the plea that

pupils have exhausted it; for those who can give proper effect to such pieces, in the delivery, will have little more to learn in the way of elocution. Let the young have the privilege, at the impressible period of their lives, of being made familiar with the best, whether old or new, since, in the words of Webster, os truth in taste is allied with truth in morality.”

In this volume, to aid in the understanding of every reading exercise, the most difficult words in it have been selected for spelling and defining lessons; particular care being taken to keep the teacher on the alert against faults in pronunciation. The exercises in Part I., on the vowel and consonant sounds, ought to be practiced from time to time by the class. The subject of rhetorical delivery is treated in the Special Exercises in the body of the work.

The author submits his new Fourth Reader, in the belief that in practice it will be found easy and attractive by the young ; containing a good proportion of stirring and spirited pieces, at the same time that the examples for colloquial and unimpassioned delivery are numerous and appropriate.

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LESSON.

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33. The Second War with England, .... Brows, .......

34. Sunrise on Mount Etna, .......P. BRYDONE, ..... .. 97

38. On Reconciliation with America, ... LORD CHATHAM, ....

39. I will Try, ..... . .. . .. .. . .. . .. . . . . .

43. Arnold, the Teacher, ...................

45. The Immortality of the Soul, ..... MASSILLON, ......

46. Brevities - Exercises in Level Delivery, ............

49. Rolla to the Peruvians, .......R. B. SHERIDAN, ...,127

50. Oliver Goldsmith, ..........WASHINGTON IRVING, ..

öl. The Summons and the Lament, ................

52. Joan of Arc, ............ THOMAS DE QUINCEY, ..

56. In Favor of American Independence, . . SAMUEL ADAMS, . ....148

· 58. Birth of a Volcanic Island, ......D. C. WRIGHT, .....153

· 59. Thanksgiving for Existence, ................

.. 156

62. Our Native Land, .......... Hugo S. LEGARE, ... ..160

63. The Noblest Public Virtue, ..... HENRY CLAY,... ..162

64. Breathe Pure Air, ...... ..............

..164

66. The American Robin, ........ Miss Coopen, .....

67. The Study of Natural History, ...............

70. Woman in America, ......... DANIEL WEBSTER, . ...

72. Christopher Columbus, ........ WASHINGTON IRVING, ..182

75. Influence of Human Example, .................187

76. America's Obligations to England, . . . Isaac BARRE, .....189

77. Right Against Might, ....................191

79. Special Exercises in Elocution - Part II., ....

195

82. The Champion Speller,........ W. BURTON, ..... 202

85. Barbarity of War, .......... REV. T. CHALMERS, ... 208

87. Last Charge of Ney,.........J. T. HEADLEY, . .... 211

89. Cause for Indian Resentment, .....WM. WIRT, .......215

91. The Fall of Constantinople, . ..... AUBREY DE VERE, . .. .222

93. The Boy Crusaders, ....................

..226

96. Allen's Capture of Ticonderoga, . ...G. BANCROFT, . .... ..235

97. Man's Immortality, .......... WM. PROUT, ..... .. 236

99. William the Silent, .........J. L. MOTLEY, ....

..239

101. Going up in a Balloon, ........ CHARLES DICKENS, ..

105. Early History of Kentucky, .................

...255

106. On Indifference to Popular Elections, . . G. McDUFFIE, ....

. . 257

110. Death the Gate of Life, ....... ORVILLE DEWEY, ...

111. Brutus on the Death of Cæsar, ....SAAKSPEARE, . ....

. . 267

114. Marie Antoinette, .......... EDMUND BURKE, ... .. 270

115. Dr. Arnold at Rugby, ........ Thomas HUGHES, ...

.. 271

116. Hannibal to his Army,........ Livy, ......... 274

118. Results of the American War, .....C. J. Fox, .......277

121. Love is Power, ........... ROBERT CHAMBERS, ...282

124. Special Exercises in Elocution - Part III., . .......... 291

125. Columbus Discovers the New World, . . WASHINGTON IRVING, .. 298

127. My Father's Log Cabin, ....... DANIEL WEBSTER, ., . .302

128. Importance of Habit, ........ SAMUEL SMILES, . ....303

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129. Mount Sinan, ............J. L. STEPHENS, . ....306

131. Life, ......................... ...310

133. Character of Washington, ...... LORD BROUGHAM, ....313
136. Health and Exercise, .....................320
138. Go to Work, ......................

. 325
139. Special Exercises in Elocution - Part IV., : ..........328

PIECES IN VERSE.

5. The Evening Hour, .........
10. The.Worth of Fame, .........Joanna BAILLIE, ...
16. Ruth to her Mother-in-law, ..... W. B. 0. PEABODY, ...

19. Belshazzar, ............ HENRY HEINE, ....

22. Mazeppa's Story, .......... LORD BYRON, .....

26. The Good Time Coming, .... ... CHARLES MACKAY, ... 75

31. The Keeping of the Bridge, . .... . LORD MACAULAY, .... 87

35. Where is He?.......

..... HENRY NEELE, . .....102

36. The Retort, : ....... ............... 103

37. Marco Bozzaris, .

... Fitz-GREENE HALLECK, . 104

41. The Two Homes, ... .....FELICIA HEMANS, ... . 113

42. Warren's Address, .... ...John PIERPONT, .....114

44. The Good Great Man, ... ....S. T. COLERIDGE, ....118

47. The Dying Trumpeter, ........JULIUS MOSER, .....126

48. Lines to a Child, .........

.... Rev. EPHRAIM PEABODY, . 126

49. True Glory, ............ MATTHEW GREENE, ... 128

50. The Village Clergyman and Teacher, . .OLIVER GOLDSMITH, ... 131

51. Pibroch of Donuil Dhu, ....... Sır WALTER Scott, ... 135

51. Coronach, ............. SIR WALTER SCOTT, ... 136

53. The American Flag, .........J. R. DRAKE, ......141

65. The Battle of Ivry, ......... LORD MACAULAY, . .. .146

57. William Tell among the Mountains, . .J. S. KNOWLES, • .... 150

60. The Loss of the Royal George, .... WM. COWPER, . .... . 159

62. Breathes there a Man, ........ SIR WALTER SCOTT, ...161

63. Live while you Live, ........ Philip DODDRIDGE, ...163

65. The Pauper's Death-Bed, ... .... CAROLINE B. SOUTHEY,. . 167

69. Lines to Little Mary, ... .... CAROLINE B. SOUTHEY,. .177

70. Prayer, .......... ...JAMES Thomson, .... 180

73. The Story of Ginevra, ........ SAMUEL ROGERS, ..., 183

74. Apostrophe to the Ocean, ... .... LORD BYRON, : ..... 185

Be true, iiii...... .... Wm. GIFFORD, ...... 180

77. Make Way for Liberty, ....... JAMES MONTGOMERY, : . . 193

78. Nothing to Wear, ..... ....W. A. BUTLER, ....

79. Special Exercises from Shakspeare, ............. 198

80. Catiline to his Troops, ....... Rev. Geo. CroLY,.... 200

81. Song of Hiawatha, .........H. W. LONGFELLOW, ... 201

83. Cato's Soliloquy, ..........JOSEPH ADDISON, .... 206

84. Marullus to the Mob, ........SHAKSPEARE, ...... 207

86. The. Prussian General on the Rhine, ..............210

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