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I have now, however, been induced by the recommendation

of several educational friends, to increase its utility by pub-

lishing it in connexion with a Class Book ON READING.*

The great number of excellent Reading Books which have

been published of late years, seems to render a new one on

the subject uncalled for, and unnecessary; but I have long

been of opinion, that in almost all of these class books there

is a great deficiency in LITERARY SELECTIONS. That Com.

pilations of this kind (particularly when they are intended

for the use of the children in Popular or National Schools)

should contain as much information as possible on scientific

and useful subjects is certainly very desirable ; but still the

literature of our language should have its due place in

them ;f or at least, there should be, in addition to them,

some other class books to supply this deficiency. With this

view I have compiled the present volume; and should I be

spared, it is probable that I may at no very distant period

bring out an additional one, to which I shall prefix a short

Introduction to English Literature. In the meantime, a

glance over the Contents of this volume will show that it

contains a far greater portion of the literature of our

language than its size would seem to indicate. Besides, the

EXERCISES ON READING, which are not specified in the

Contents, will be found to contain a copious selection of the

choicest and most beautiful specimens of our best and most

approved writers. These exercises extend from page 170

to page 232.

R. S.

have already a placed before them all the words in the language of diffi.
cult or irregular pronunciation. I have also furnished them with
practical rules for the pronunciation of such words; and in this Intro-
duction I have shown them, how even a defective articulation may, in
most cases, be remedied."

* It is a matter of record that all my little works on Education, were

originally written to supply wants which I had observed in the Irish

National Schools.

+ See in connexion with these observations, note page 233.

INTRODUCTION.

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Rules for Reading, founded on the Inflections of the Voice-Archbishop

Whately's Views on the Subject-- His Rule for Good Reading-Ex-
tract from the Compiler's Outline of the Method of Teaching in the
National Model Schools-Extracts from Sheridan's Introduction to the
Art of Speaking--Dr. Franklin's Views on the Subject-Extracts from
the most eminent Works on the Subject, British, American, and French-
Practical Suggestions for Beginners-Short Directions for Young Read-
ers-Accent and Emphasis-Walker's “ Inflections of the Voice" Ana-
lyzed and Explained-General Rules and Examples—The Series and
its Varieties- The Parenthesis, and Parenthetic Clauseg-The Climax-
Rhetorical Punctuation-Directions for Reading Verse-Modulation
of the Voice-The Passions-Sheridan's Art of Speaking, .

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MORAL AND DIDACTIC READINGS.

Piety recommended to the Young,

Blair, .

Modesty and Docility, .

. Ibid.

Sincerity,

Ibid.

Benevolence and Humanity,

. Ibid.

Industry and Application,

. Ibid.

Temperance in Pleasure recommended,

Ibid.

Education,

Addison,

Labour and Exercise,

Ibid. .

Discretion,

Ibid. .

Truth and Sincerity,

Tillotson,

Dignity of Manners,

Chesterfiel

Vulgarity,

Ibid.

Ibid.

Gentleness of Manners with Firmness of Mind,

Ibid.

On Study, .

Bacon,

Westminster Abbey, .

Addison,

On the Swiftness of Time,

Idler, .

Discontent the Common Lot of all Mankind,

Rambler,

The Present Life with reference to a Future State, Addison,

On the Knowledge of the World,

Rambler,

The Planetary and Terrestrial Worlds,

Addison,

The Pleasures of Science,

Brougham,

Dependence on Providence,

Cotton, .

Advice to a Reckless Youth,

Ben Jonson,

Real Nobility, . .

Dryden,

The God of Nature,

Hurdis,

Aspirations after the Infinite,

Akenside,

Human Life, .

Rogers,

The Present Condition of Man vindicated,

Pope, .

On Happiness, .

Ibid."

Polonius's Advice

Shakspeare,

Industry,

Southey,

RELIGIOUS OR DEVOTIONAL READINGS.

Exhortation to Youth to cultivate a Devotional Spirit, Taylor,

On the Creation of the World,

Plair,

On our Saviour's Preaching, .

Porteous,

God the Author of Nature,

Couper,

The Dying Christian to his Sou

Pope, .

Hymn to the Creator, .

Milton,

Missionary Hymn,

Heber,

Heaven, .

Moore, .

Destruction of Sennacherib,

Byron, :

PATHETIC PIECES.

The Story of Le Fevre,

Sterne,

Reyno and Alpin,

Ossian,

The Beggar's Petition,

Moss, .

The Grave of Anna,

Gifford,

Hope beyond the Grave,

Beattie,

Miseries of Human Life,

Thomson,

Elegy on the Death of an Unfortunate Lady, .

Pope,

Wolsey and Cromwell,

Shakspeare,

On the Death of Henry Kirke White.

Byron, .

Unhappy Close of Life,

· Blair,

HUMOROUS, SATIRICAL, AND COMIC PIECES.

On Female Oratory,

. Addison,

Awkwardness in Company,

Chesterfield,

Receipt to make an Epic Poem,

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On Pedantry,.

Mirror, .

396

On Human Grandeur,

Goldsmith,

399

Lady Lillycraft's Retinue,

Washington Irving, 401

Contest between the Eyes and the Nose,

Cowper, .

403

The Newcastle Apothecary, .

Colman, .

404

Lodgings for Single Gentlemen,

Ibid.

407

Address to a Mummy,

New Mon. Mag.. 408

The Well of St. Keyne,

Southey, .. 410

The March of Intellect,

Blackwood's Mag. 412

SPECIMENS OF ANCIENT AND MODERN ELOQUENCE.

Demosthenes against Philip, no 414 | From a Speech of Lord Chatham, 428

Cicero against Verres, .

419 Flood and Grattan,

From Speeches of Lord Mansfield, 423 Burke's Panegyrio on the Elo-

Walpole in Reproof of Pitt, 426 quence of Sheridan, . . 434

Pitt's Reply, . . . 427 Brougham on Negro Slavery, , 434

SPEECHES AND DIALOGUES FROM SHAKSPEARE.

Hamlet to the Players,.

436 Gloucester to the Nobles,

447

Cassius inciting Brutus to conspire, 437 Henry V. and Lord Chief Justice, 448

Brutus on the Death of Cæsar, . 439 Description of an Apothecary,. 450

Antony's Oration,

440 | The World compared to a Stage, 450

Quarrel between Brutus and Orlando and Adam,

. 451

Cassius,

. 443 | Richmond encouraging hisSoldiers, 453

PROMISCUOUS PIECES.

Hotspur reading a Letter, .

Shak speare, . 454

On Criticism, .

Sterne,

455

Liberty and Slavery, .

456

Eulogium on Howard,

Burke, .

458

Henry the Fourth's Soliloquy on Sleep,

Shakspeare,

458

On Life and Death, .

Ibid.

459

Marie Antoinette,

Burke,

461

Living to One's self, .

Hazlitt,

462

On Mercy, .

Shak speare,

463

Description of Queen Mab,

Ibid.

464

Prologue to the Tragedy of Cato,

Pope,

Cato's Soliloquy,

Addison, .

466

Il Penseroso, .

Milton,

467

L'Allegro, .

Ibid.

Alexander's Feast, .

Dryden,

475

Extracts from the Bard,

Gray,

479

Elegy written in a Country Church-yard, .. Ibid.

Lochiel's Warning, .

Campbell,

485

On Slavery, .

Cowper, .

488

Ye Mariners of England, .

Campbell,

489

The Battle of Hohenlinden, ..

Ibid.

490

The Burial of Sir John Moore,

Wolfe, .

491

On Cruelty to Animals,

Cowper, .

492

The Common Lot, .

Montgomery, 494

Address to the Ocean,

Byron,

495

The Field of Waterloo,

Ibid.

497

The Plain of Marathon,

Ibid.

499

The Dying Gladiator,

Ibid.

501

The Arab Maid's Song,

Moore, .

501

Ode to Eloquence, ..

Anonymous,

Hope at the Close of Life,

Campbell,

505

What constitutes a State ?

Jones,

506

My Mind to me a Kingdom is,

Marlow, .

The Cataract of Lodore,

Southey,

509

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MOTOROette,

465

471

481

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