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INTRODUCTION.

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3. You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog,

And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,

And all for that which is mine own.
4. Hush! lightly tread; still tranquilly she sleeps.

I've watched, suspending e'en my breath, in fear
To break the heavenly spell. Move silently.

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Perfect delivery, then, is the result of a mastery of every principle and art of elocution:- enunciation, emphasis, tone, earnestness, expression, action. Gestures must depend mainly upon the earnestness of the speaker's conception of what he is to utter. No one can portray character unless he can realize it, and he can realize it only by making it his own for the time, and by expressing himself exactly as a person would do in the supposed situation, and so “suit the action to the word, the word to the action.”

Action has been defined as the beginning, the middle, and the end of oratory. It is shown chiefly by the expression and the management of the eye, and by the motions of the hand, although thought may be expressed or enforced by various movements of the body. “When all the powers of elocution are brought into requisition, - the voice, with all its thrilling tones; the eye, through which, a window, the soul darts forth its light; the whole glowing countenance; the whole breathing frame: - when every motion speaks, every muscle swells with the inspiration of high thoughts:— what instrument of music, what glories of the canvas can equal it? It is beauty, genius, power, sublimity, in their most glorious exercise."

“So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading."

Nehemiah viii. 8.

GONTENTS

PAGE

Abou Ben Adhem...........

..........Leigh Hunt. 26 A Defence of Poetry.

...Rev. Charles Wolfe. 198 After the Battle........

346 America's Contributions to the World..... .G. C. Verplanck. 192 American Laborers..........

C. C. Naylor. 165 An Appeal for our Country .....

.Judge

335 Antony's Address to the Romans...

....... Shakspeare 151 Apostrophe to Water .........

Jno. B. Gough. 111 A Psalm of Life ................

H. W. Longfellow. 234 Arnold Winkelried..

.James Montgomery. 187 Barbara Frietchie.......

Jno. G. Whittier. 38 Battle Hymn.......

Theodore Komer. 202 Beautiful Snow....

..James W. Watson. 53 Bernardo Del Carpio.

Mrs. F. Hemans. 159 Bill and Joe........

0. W. Holmes. 246 Bingen on the Rhine

. Mrs. Norton. 58 Bright Water......

E. Johnson. 184 Bring Flowers....

Mrs. Hemans. 76 Brutus on the Death of Cæsar.

Shakspeare. 199 Catiline's Defiance......

. Rev. Geo. Croly. 217 Cato's Soliloquy on Immortality

..Addison. 375 Chamouny...

.S. T. Coleridge. 207 Charge of the Light Brigade...

. Alfred Tennyson. 22 Charity ......

Bible. 236 Chills and Fever

.Rev. T. De Witt Talmage. 392 Christ in the Tempest....

.Jno. G. Whittier. 77 Count Candespina's Standard...

Geo. H. Boker. 29 David's Lament over Absalom...

.N. P. Willis. 148 Daniel Webster and Henry Clay...

Wm. H. Allen. 176 Death of Little Nell........

Charles Dickens. 289 Death of Paul Dombey

352

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Dies Iræ......

Thomas De Celano. 253

Dirge.........

Charles G. Eastman. 287

Dirge for a Sailor....

Geo. H. Boker. 345

Drifting...

T. Buchanan Read.. 112

Emmett's Reply...

..Robert Emmett. 125

E Pluribus Unum ......

..Geo. W. Cutter. 185
Esto Perpetua ........

..Geo. W. Young. 369

Eugene Aram's Dream......

.... Thomas Hood. 134

Evangeline.........

H. W. Longfellow. 263
Evening Prayer at a Girls' School.........

Mrs. Hemans. 349
Excelsior ......

... H. W. Longfellow. 65

Extract from Sermon on Death of.

Abraham Lincoln.

Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. 145

Extract from Thanatopsis......

W. C. Bryant. 70

Farm-Yard Song...

...J. T. Trowbridge. 360

Field Lilies.

363

Fitz James and Roderic Dhu.........

Sir Walter Scott. 272

God.........

Derzhavin. 259

God Everywhere.......

.IIugh Hutton. 239
Grandeur of the Trackless Sea......

182
Green Apples...........

....J. T. Trowbridge. 321

Guilt cannot Keep its own Secret......

Daniel Webster. 164

Hagar in the Wilderness....

.N. P. Willis. 230
Hamlet's Instructions to the Players....

.Shakspeare. 161
Hamlet's Soliloquy .....

154
He giveth his Beloved Sleep..

........Robt. Browning. 285
Heroes and Martyrs.....

.Rev. E. H. Chapin. 278
Horatius at the Bridge.......

· Macaulay. 119

How the Money Goes ......

John G. Saxe. 172

How they Brought the Good News..

. Mrs. Browning. 110
It Snows........

..Mrs. S, J. Hale. 281

Justice to the Whole Country..

Daniel Webster. 373

Keep it Before the People

.A. J. 11. Duganne. 330

Labor is Worship .......

F. S. Osgood. 190

Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers...

.Mrs. Hemans. 241

Laus Deo.........

..Jno. G Whittier. 312

Liberty and Union....

. Daniel Webster. 124

Lincoln at Springfield....

Miss Anna Bache. 245

Lincoln's Address at Gettysburg

Abraham Lincoln. 340

Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address..

338

Lint...........

333
Little Jim..

157

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Look Aloft......................

..........J. Lawrence. 215

Marco Bozzaris......

Fitz-Greene Halleck. 23

Milton on the Loss of his Sight......

... E. Lloyd. 227
Mount Vernon.....

...Joel B. Sutherland. 181
Mrs. Caudle's Lectures...

.Douglas Jerrold.
“ On having been Made a Mason"

387
On having Lent Five Pounds to a Friend"

385
« On Shirt Buttons”.

389
“ Urging the Need of Spring Clothing.

.........

390

My Mother's Bible.......

Geo. P. Morris. 295

Napoleon Bonaparte......

Charles Phillips. 68

New England's Dead....

...Isaac McLellan. 80

Nobility of Labor.....

.......... Rev. Orville Dewey. 189

Oh! why should the Spirit of Mortal be Proud........ Wm. Knox. 49

Old...

.Ralph Hoyt. 249

Old Ironsides ......

0. W. Holmes. 58

Old Tubal Cain .........

Charles Mackay. 229

Omnipotence of Jehovah .........

.Bible. 238

Oration against Catiline.....

.Cicero. 202

Our Defenders .............

T. Buchanan Read. 32

Our Duty to our Country.

......... Judge Story. 193

Our Heroes shall Live.....

..Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. 311

Outward Bound......

.Mrs. Emily C. Judson. 305

Over the River....

Miss Priest. 158

Parson Turell's Legacy

0. W. Holmes. 381

Passing under the Rod..

.Mrs. S. B. Dana. 265

Praise ye the Lord.....

.Bible. 237

Rienzi's Address ......

Miss Mitford. 95

Ring Out, Wild Bells

..Alfred Tennyson 248

Robespierre's Last Speech .....

Robespierre. 204

Robert Bruce and the Spider...

....... Bernard Barton. 150

Rum's Maniac.............

.T. W. Nott. 140

Scenes of Childhood....

...... 293

Scott and the Veteran

Bayard Taylor. 66

Shamus O'Brien.....

Lefanor. 96

Sheridan's Ride......

T. Buchanan Read. 47

Shylock to Antonio..

.Shakspeare. 267

Softly Murmur....

Philip Lawrence. 257

Sorrow for the Dead...........

Washington Irving. 288

South Carolina and Massachusetts...

Daniel Webster. 168

Spartacus to the Gladiators at Capua.....

.E. Kellogg. 101

Speech in Defence of America .......

..Lord Chatham. 205

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