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20. The Battle of Blenheim Southey. 82

21. I Pity Them 85

22. An Elegy on Madam Blaize . . . . Goldsmith. 87

23. King Charles II. and William Penn . Mason L. Weems. 88

24. What I Live For 91

25. The Righteous Never Forsaken 92

M. Abdu Ben Adhem Leigh Hunt. 95

27. Lucy Forrester John Wilson. 96

28. The Reaper and the Flowers .... Longfellow. 101

29. The Town Pump Hawthorne. 103

30. Good Night Peter Parley. 108

31. An Old-fashioned Girl .... Louisa M. Alcott. 110

32. My Mother's Hands 113

33. The Discontented Pendulum .... Jane Taylor. 114

34. The Death of the Flowers , Bryant. 117

35. The Thunderstorm Irving. 119

36. April Day Mrs. C. A. Southey. 121

37. The Tea Rose 123

38. The Cataract of Lodore Southey. 128

39. The Bobolink Irving. 132

M. Robert of Lincoln Bryant. 135

41. Rebellion in Massachusetts State Prison J.T.Buckingham. 138

42. Faithless Nelly Gray Hood. 143

43. The Generous Russian Peasant . .' Nikolai Karamzin. 146

44. Forty Years Ago 148

45. Mrs. Caudle's Lecture .... Douglas Jerrold. 151

46. The Village Blacksmith Longfellow. 154

47. The Relief of Lucknow . . . . "London Times." 156

48. The Snowstorm Thomson. 159

49. Behind Time 161

50. The Old Sampler .... Mrs. M. E. Sangster. 163

51. The Goodness of God Bible. 167

62. My Mother . 170

53. The Hour of Prayer . . . Mrs. F. D. Hemans. 171

54. The Will 172

55. The Nose and the Eyes Cowper. 176

56. An Iceberg L. L. Noble 177

57. About Quail W. P. Hawet. 180

58. The Blue and the Gray F. M. Finch. 183

59. The Machinist's Return . . Washington "Capital." 185

60. Make Way for Liberty . . . James Montgomery. 189

61. The English Skylark Elihu Burritt. 193

62. How Sleep the Brave .... William Collins. 195

53. The Rainbow John Keble. 196

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64. Supposed Speech of John Adams

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66. Control Your Temper .

67. William Tell

68. William Tell

69. The Crazy Engineer .

70. The Heritage

71. No Excellence without Labor

72. The Old House Clock .

73. The Examination.

74. The Isle of Long Ago .

75. The Boston Massacre .

76. Death of the Beautiful.

77. Snow Falling

78. Squeers's Method

79. The Gift of Empty Hands .

80. Capturing the Wild Horse .

81. Sowing and Reaping .

82. Taking Comfort .

83. Calling the Roll .

84. Turtle Soup ....

85. The Best Kind of Revenge .

86. The Soldier of the Rhine .

87. The Winged Worshipers

88. The Peevish Wife

89. The Rainy Day .

90. Break, Break, Break .

91. Transportation and Planting of Seeds

92. Spring Again

93. Religion the only Basis of Society

94. Rock Me to Sleep

95. Man and the Inferior Animals

96. The Blind Men and the Elephant

97. A Home Scene

98. The Light of Other Days .

99. A Chase in the English Channel

100. Burial of Sir John Moore

101. Little Victories .

102. The Character of a Happy Life

103. The Art of Discouragement.

104. The Mariner's Dream .

105. The Passenger Pigeon .

106. The Country Life

107. The Virginians .

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B. F. Taylor.

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Mrs. E. L. Follen.

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INTRODUCTION.

I. PRELIMINARY REMARKS.

The great object to be accomplished in reading, as a rhetorical exercise, is to convey to the hearer, fully and clearly, the ideas and feelings of the writer.

In order to do this, it is necessary that a selection should be carefully studied by the pupil before he attempts to read it. In accordance with this view, a preliminary rule of importance is the following:

Rule I. — Before attempting to read a lesson, the learner should make himself fully acquainted with the subject as treated of in that lesson, and endeavor to make the thought and feeling and sentiments of the writer his own.

Remark. — When he has thus identified himself with the author, he has the substance of all rules in his own mind. It is by going to nature that we find rules. The child or the savage orator never mistakes in inflection or emphasis or modulation. The best speakers and readers are those who follow the impulse of nature, or most closely imitate it as observed in others.

II. ARTICULATION.

Articulation is the utterance of the elementary sounds of a language, and of their combinations.

An Elementary Sound is a simple, distinct sound made by the organs of speech.

The Elementary Sounds of the English language are divided into Vocals, Subvocals, and Aspirates.

ELEMENTARY SOUNDS.
VOCALS.

Vocals are sounds which consist of pure tone only. A diphthong is a union of two vocals, commencing with one and ending with the other.

Direction. — Put the lips, teeth, tongue, and palate in their proper position; pronounce the word in the chart forcibly, and with the falling inflection, several times in succession; then drop the subvocal or aspirate sounds which precede or follow the vocal, and repeat the vocals alone.

Table Of Vocals.

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Remark 1. — In this table, the short sounds, except fl, are nearly or quite the same in quality as certain of the long sounds. The difference consists chiefly in quantity.

Remark 2. —The vocals are often represented by other letters or combinations of letters than those used in the table; for instance, a is represented by at' in hail, by ea in steak, etc.

Remark 3. — As a general rule, the long vocals and the diphthongs should be articulated with a full, clear utterance; but the short vocals have a sharp, distinct, and almost explosive utterance.

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