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Belial's Speech against the War with Heaven... Milton

.......113

Ship on Fire........

...115

Mother and Poet.....

Mrs. Browning.....

.116

The Rum Maniac........

Allison.........

.118

Soliloquy of the Dying Alchemist..... N. P. Willis.....

.119

"No"....

Eliza Cook..

.124

The Red Hunters, or Prairie on Fire........... .M. V. Fuller......

.126

Bugle Song........

.Tennyson

..127

The Long Expected: True Love Never Lost.... Massey

.128

Love, or How I won my Genevieve..... .Coleridge

..130

Edward Gray........

Tennyson

..132

Address to the Ocean.........

..Byron........

.133

The Ocean......

Fanny Green.......

.135

The Alps.............

Willis Gaylord Clark..........135

The Celestial Army.

T. Buchanan Read...... ..136

The Ursa Major.....

.H. Ware, Jr......

..137

Paradise and the Peri.........

Moore......

.140

Battle of Bunker Hill..

.F. S. Cozzens.....

143

Ode to Eloquence.....

..145

The Marseilles Hymn.........

De L'Isle...........

.147

Columbia..........

Timothy Dwight......... 148

Hervé Riel ......

Robert Browning..

.149

Sennacherib's Ruin.......

..Isaiah xxxvi, xxxvii.. .155

Paul at Cesarea........

.Acts xxv.

.156

Paul before Agrippa........

.Acts xrvi

.157

Destruction of Sennacherib.........

Byron.

..159

The Constancy of the Jews in Captivity. .Psalm cxrxvii...

..159

Confidence in God's Care.........

Psalm xxiii....

..160

God's Dominion in the World...

Psalm xxiv.......

.160

Christmas Carol...........

E. H. Sears....

..160

An Exhortation to Praise God......

Psalm xcviii...

..161

The Lord's Resurrection.........

..162

Creation Proves the Existence of God...... .L. M. Double.....

..162

The Living Waters........

..163

The Morning Dawns.....

.163

The Heavenly Canaan.....

Watts.......

..164

Tell me, ye Winged Winds.......

Charles Mackay..... 164

The Excellence of God's Law..

.Psalm xix...

..165

My Psalm ............

.John G. Whittier.. ...166

Confidence in God's Protection..........

Psalm xxvii....

.167

The Dying Christian to his Soul....

.168

Christ in the Tempest...........

John G. Whittier.. ...168

“Still with Thee"..

Mrs. H. B. Stowe..... ..169

Who by searching can find out God ?.

E. Scudder..

.170

The Leper........

.N. P. Willis..

...170

Immortality of the Soul............

.Addison ...

..172

Song of the Shirt............

Thomas Hood......

..176

Hamlet's Advice to the Players....

.Shakespeare

.178

Moonbeams.

.178

Fairy Bells and Bridges...

.179

The Human Brain........

.180

The Katydid.........

.0. W. Holmes.....

181

Beauty

.Dr. Channing........

..182

Morning in Spring..

.Geo. D. Prentice...... ..183

Lochiel's Warning ....

. Campbell

.184

The Prisoner of Chillon.......

Byron....

.186

Music

.190

Music of the Ocean.....

..191

Music of the Night.......

.J. Neal......

.192

Vocal Music...........

...193

The Music of Childhood........

..Jean Ingelow.......

..193

A Lady Singing..........

.Parsons.....

.193

Music of the Universe......

.Frances S. Osgood........... .194

Peter Pickle's Picture, with Gold Frame..........

Planche

.194

Press On!..........

.196

The Big Shoe.......

.Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney........197

Clandestine Interviews....

Dickens

.199

Tempest.

Dickens

..207

The Announcement of Steerforth's Death.... .Dickens

..215

A Singular Coincidence.........

.Dickens

..218

Mr. Pickwick and Mrs. Bardell.....

Dickens

.220

Marco Bozzaris.....

.Halleck

.223

Poems Unwritten......

Mary H, C. Booth...... .225

The Angel Post.....

225

The Pauper's Death-bed........

.Mrs. Southey....... ..226

A Slight Mistake...

.226

Our Field.....

..228

Profanity ...

.E. H. Chapin.......... .228

The Rose.......

.228

The Baboon at Home.......

.231

William Pitt.........

. Macaulay....

.232

Warwick Castle.....

.H. W. Beecher..

.233

A Sabbath at Stratford-on-Avon...

.235

The French Assembly of 1792..

Macaulay

.236

Defeat of the Spanish Armada.

..J. Lathrop Motley.... .237

The Golden City.....

..Mackay

.240

The Wing......

Michelet

.242

The Thunder-storm......

Geo. D, Prentice...

.245

Cardinal Wolsey's Soliloquy.........

... Shakespeare ....

.247

Othello's Apology.............

..Shakespeare

.250

Clarence's Dream...

.Shakespeare

.253

Romeo and Juliet.......

..Shakespeare..

..255

Hamlet and his Mother....

...Shakespeare.

..269

Lear and his Daughters.....

....Shakespeare..

..262

Lady Macbeth and her Husband........ ... Shakespeare.

King Henry VIII.......

... Shakespeare.

Queen Katharine on Trial..........

..Shakespeare.

The Arab's Farewell to his Steed......

..Mrs. Norton......

Song of the World-Money-making

Massey

My Beloved is all the World to me.... Massey

God's World is worth Better Men..

Massey

The Four Eras of Human Life..........

Rogers

Loch Katrine.........

Walter Scott...

Revenge: Foscari, the Doge of Venice.. .Rogers

The Brides of Venice.......

Rogers

Dying Gladiator.....

.Byron.......

The Alps at Daybreak.....

Rogers

Lament of the Peri for Hinda.........

. Moore

Home Scenes in my Native Vale.......... Rogers

The Shipwreck.......

Byron..

Origin of Feelings, Thoughts, and Acts...

The Lust of Power

Pollok..

Fowls of the Air and Lilies of the Field....

Progress of Life from Infancy to Old Age.

Hail to the Gentle Bride.........

.Mitford.......

The Last Minstrel...........

Walter Scott....

The Roman Soldier..........

Atherstone........

A Winter Sketch and Domestic Scenes....... ..Hoyt......

Soul-longing: its Meaning and Results............ Lowell.......

To Give is to Live.........

Our Wee White Rose......

Massey....

Blessings on Children....

Simms

True Love binds Soul and Body..

The Various Roads to Fame.....

.Pollok..

Earthly Reputation...........

Pollok..

The Old Clock on the Stairs......

.Longfellow

Earthly Ambition Vain........

.Pollok....

Interview between Youth and Sorrow.... ..Mackay.....

Forgive and Forget...........

Tupper......

The Grave of Franklin...

Waterman...

To-day and To-morrow.

Massey.......

Wooed and Won: The Bliss of Life.. Massey......

Pictures Hanging on Memory's Wall.... Carey.

The Last Leaf, or the Old Man........

Holmes.

The Christian Ruler...........

.Pollok......

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MANUAL OF ELOCUTION.

CHAPTER I.

READING-BREATH-SPEECH-AIR-MANNER OF BREATHING.

The elements and principles of reading and speaking have been arranged in essays, for reading-lessons; so that they can not by any possibility be overlooked or neglected by either teacher or pupil. They constitute the important part of the work, and are not placed here simply to fill a book.

The want of a knowledge of these principles is very obvious. It is difficult to find the public speaker or elocutionist who does not exhibit a lack of proper training in articulation and pronunciation, to say nothing of the higher and more elegant graces of the art of delivery. By the unprofessional, particularly the youths of our land, the sounds of letters are things not taken into consideration. But if teachers and parents are ignorant, we should not chastise the children.

One of the most effective sounds of our language is almost entirely ignored by a large class of persons—the r; and we could spare almost any other subvowel better; for, when properly enunciated, it gives dignity to the language—when neglected, the result is weakness and affectation.

We therefore make the Elements of Speech the prominent feature of this work.

To become a good reader involves certain conditions which must be complied with or excellence can not be achieved in this art.

The first condition is to have developed a clear, round, smooth voice; the second is a perfect control of the vocal organs, comprising a distinct articulation of all the elements of sound as expressed by the letters of our alphabet; third, perfect self-possession. “No man can serve two masters.” If fear or distrust of our powers has the control, art can not be represented.

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