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TO TEACHERS.

CONSIDERABLE experience as a teacher of Reading and Elocution has proved to us the necessity of employing a little less theory and vastly more practice in our endeavors to teach this difficult branch and to this end a compilation is offered in the following pages especially adapted to practical elocution.

Machine orators and readers are infinitely worse than none at all;—and although we would not wish to be understood as totally averse to systems and rules, still, we repeat, we would have less of theme, and more of such selections as we here present. Selections—which, generally, must stir the very depths of the soul, call forth every emotion of the human heart, and, from the very nature of their quality and construction, invite and demand a tural delivery.

N. K. R.

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CONTENTS.

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1. Oh, why should the Spirit of Mortal be proud ?

2. The American Flag......

3. Infelicissime...

4. Extract from a Speech of Park Godwin on the

Death of A. Lincoln.........

5. The Sleeping Sentinel..................................

6. Sir John Franklin...

7. Kane......

8. Discoveries of Galileo......

9. Owed to the Steam Fire Engine.....

10. Barbara Frietchie....

11. The Student........

12. The Two Roads....

13. On Board the Cumberland....

14. Sheridan's Ride.....

15. Courtin' in the Country.

16. Extract from Senator Baker's speech at Union

Square, N. Y. April 20th, 1861..

17. The Famine...

18. Scott and the Veteran.......

19. The Ghost...

20. Opportunity for Work..

21. The Bachelor's Soliloquy..

22. Col. Halpine's Poem, read at the founding of

the Gettysburg Monument..

23. Crime its own Detector....

24. Artemus Ward's trip to Richmond................

25. Bingen on the Rhine..................................

26. Our Defenders..

27. Hezekiah Stubbin's Oration.....

28. Sufferings and Destiny of the Pilgrims............

29. The Great Bell Roland .........

30. Cato's Soliloquy.......

31. Mrs. Caudle's Umbrella Lecture......................

32. Address to the Soldiers.......

33. The Battle of Gettysburg.

34. The Soliloquy of Arnold...

35. Ode to my little Son .....

36. Unjust National Acquisition....

37. The Raven..........

38. No God....

39. My Lord Tomnoddy.

40. The Birth day of Washington.....

41. The Bridge of Sighs......

42. The Wood of Chancellorsville...

43. The Smack in School........

44. Extract from D. S. Dickinson at Union Square,

N. Y. April 20th, 1861......

45. The Bells.....

46. Wounded....

47. The Farmer's Blunder...

48 The Oath....

49. The Main Truck, or a Leap for Life.......

50. Driving Home the Cows...

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51. The Confession......

52. Damon and Pythias.......

53. Advice to a Fire Company

54. Glorious New England....

55. The New Castle Apothecary................

56. New Year's Eve....

57. On the Shores of Tennessee.

58. Spartacus to the Gladiators at Capua...............

59. The Modest Wit........

60. Hail! to the Veterans....

61. Hamlet's Instruction to the Players.................

62. Hamlet's Soliloquy.

63. All we ask is to be lot alone...................

64. Capital Punishment..................................

65. Maud Muller................................................

66. Thanatopsis............

67. Opposite Examples.........

68. Drifting ......

69. The Heart of the War....

70. The Closing Year.....

71. Select Passages in Verse...

72. Lecture by Doctor Puff Stuff..

73. Kneel at no Human Shrine...

74. Lament of the Irish Emigrant...

75. Absalom,........

76. A Racy Stump Speech,......

77. General Joseph Reed; or the Incorruptible

Patriot....

78. Liberty and Union .........

79. The Seminole's Reply......

80. The Vagabonds.....

81. Cardinal Wolsey, on being cast off by King

Henry VIII...

82. Death of John Quincy Adams.

83. The Field of Waterloo....

84. Josh Billings on Courting...

85. Hiawatha's Wooing.......

86. Excelsior...

87. The Song of Sherman's Army..

88. Getting in the Wrong Room...

89. Marco Bozzaris...

90 Soldier's Aid Societies.....

91. The Ballad of Ishmael Day

92. Yorkshire Angling...

93. Rienzi's Address...

94. The Black Regiment...

95. The Pauper's Death Bed.....

96. Bombastic Description of a Midnight Murder...

97. Short Poetical Extracts......

98. The Letters....

99. Shamus O'Brien, The Bold Boy of Glingall......

100. The Parting........

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A. Tennyson. 173

Samuel Lover, 174

N. K. Richardson. 178

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CHOICE SELECTIONS.

OH, WHY SHOULD THE SPIRIT OF MORTAL BE

PROUD?

Oh, why should the spirit of mortal be proud ?
Like a swift, fleeting meteor, a fast flying cloud,
A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave,
Man passeth from life to his rest in the grave.
The leaves of the oak and the willow shall fade,
Be scattered around and together be laid;
And the young and the old, and the low and the high,
Shall moulder to dust and together shall lie.
The infant a mother attended and loved;
The mother that infant's affection who proved;
The husband that mother and infant who blessed,
Each, all, are away to their dwellings of rest.
The maid on whose cheek, on whose brow, in whose eye,
Shone beauty and pleasure-her triumphs are by;
And the memory of those who loved her and praised,
Are alike from the minds of the living erased.
The hand of the king that the sceptre hath borne;
The brow of the priest that the mitre hath worn;
The eye of the sage and the heart of the brave,
Are hidden and lost in the depth of the grave.
The peasant whose lot to sow and to reap;
The herdsman, who climbed with his goats up the steep;
The beggar, who wandered in search of his bread,
Have faded away like the grass that we tread.
The saint who enjoyed the communion of heaven,
The sinner who dared to remain unforgiven,
The wise and the foolish, the guilty and just,
Have quietly mingled their bones in the dust.

So the multitude goes, like the flowers or the weed
That withers away to let others succeed;
So the multitude comes, even those we behold,
To repeat every tale that has often been told.
For we are the same our fathers have been;
We see the same sights our fathers have seen-
We drink the same stream and view the same sun,
And run the same course our fathers have run.

The thoughts we are thinking our fathers would think;
From the death we are shrinking our fathers would shrink,
To the life we are clinging they also would cling;
But it speeds for us all, like a bird on the wing.
They loved, but the story we cannot unfold;
They scorned, but the heart of the haughty is cold;:
They grieved, but no wail from their slumbers will come;
They joyed, but the tongue of their gladness is dumb.
They died, aye! they died; and we things that are now,
Who walk on the turf that lies over their brow,
Who make in their dwelling a transient abode,
Meet the things that they met on their pilgrimage road.
Yea! hope and despondency, pleasure and pain,
We mingle together in sunshine and rain;
And the smiles and the tears, the song and the dirge,
Still followed each other, like surge upon surge.
'Tis the wink of an eye, 'tis the draught of a breath;
From the blossom of health to the paleness of death,
From the gilded saloon to the bier and the shroud-
Oh why should the spirit of mortal be proud ?

THE AMERICAN FLAG.-By Joseph Rodman Drake.

WHEN Freedom, from her mountain height,

Unfurl'd her standard to the air,
She tore the azure robe of night,

And set the stars of glory there!
She mingled with its gorgeous dyes
The milky baldric of the skies,
And striped its pure celestial white
With streakings of the morning light,
Then, from his mansion in the sun,
She call’d her eagle bearer down,
And gave into his mighty hand
The symbol of her chosen land !

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