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PRIMARY

STANDARD SPEAKER.

CONTAINING

ORIGINAL AND SELECTED PIECES,

ESPECIALLY ADAPTED TO

DECLAMATION.

FOR THE YOUNGEST PUPILS.

BY

EPES SARGENT,

AUTHOR OF THE “ STANDARD SPEAKER, THE INTERMEDIATE STANDARD SPEAKER,"

"THE STANDARD SERIES OF READERS," ETC.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS.

PHILADELPHIA:

PUBLISHED BY CHARLES DESILVER.

1857.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year Eighteen Hundred and FiftySeven, by EPES SARGENT, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the District of Massachusetts.

I Publishers and compilers are notified that many of the pieces in this volume are original, and protected by the copyright.

PREFACE.

The present work is the smallest of a series of three Speakers, of which the Standard Speaker is the first and largest, and the Intermediate Standard Speaker the second in size and importance.

The fault found with most compilations of this rank is, that the pieces proposed for declamation do not differ, in their level tone, from those in ordinary reading-books. I have endeavored to avoid this objection, and to present such exercises as are especially suited to be committed to memory and spoken by the young.

Many of these exercises, some without names of authors, and others with various names appended, are now for the first time published. They include several of the translations from French and German writers, and, being original, are protected by the copyright. While I have retained many favorite old pieces, which could not well be dispensed with, much that is wholly new will accordingly be found in the present volume.

ELECTROTYPED BY HOBART AND ROBBINS, BOSTON.

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