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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.
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
+ See in connexion with these observations, note page 233.
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, .
SELECTIONS FROM SAERIDAN'S ART OF SPEAKING.
83 Satirical Description of Character, 108
85 Vexation - Pertness-Cringing, 110
Polite Conversation, .
Reproof of a Flatterer, . . 88 | Anger-Reconciliation, . . 114
Contempt of Pride,
Inculcating, Commanding, &
Petitioning with Humour,
Petitioning with Dejection,
Exhortation to Courage, &c., . 124
92 Blunt Reproof-Warning,
A Love-sick Shepherd's Comp
Reflection on Lost Happiness,
Authority and Forbidding,
Contempt of Common Objects, | Fierceness-Desperation,
Horrors of War,
. 98 Consideration, Dissuasion,
Description, Sublime and Terrible, 99 Anger-Threatening, .
Conjugal Affection with Distress, 100 Deprecation --Recollection, 142
Mournful Description, . . 103 Doubting, Vexation, &c.,
Asking-Reproof-Approbation, 106 Plotting—Cruelty--Horror, . 144
PASSAGES ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE PASSIONS OR EMOTIONS.
Cheerfulness in Retirement, 146 Pity for a Departed Friend, . 151
Invoking Mirth as a Goddess, 146 | Hope,
Laughter on Seeing a Shrewd Hope of Good Tidings, . . 152
| Hatred Cursing the Object hated, 152
Rallying á Person for Melancholy, 148 Hatred of a Rival in Glory, : 153
Scoffing at supposed Cowardice, 148 | Anger and Threatening,
Joy, or Satisfaction Inexpressible, 149 Narrative in Suppressed Anger, 153
Joy approaching to Transport, . 150 Revenge, . .
Joy bordering on Sorrow,
. 150 Determined Revenge, . . 165
Eager Revenge, .
Pity in Plaintive Narration, . 151 Reproaching with Ingratitudo, &o. 156
, 156 Remorse and Reproach,
Reproaching with Want of
Surprise at unexpected Evonts, 162
Reproaching with Want of Man
Amazement at strange News, 162
. 158 Perplexity, . . . 163
Fear from a Dreadful Object, . 58 Vexation at neglecting one's Duty, 164
Horror at a Dreadful Apparition, 158 Malice and Revenge,
Deep or Settled Grief,..
159 Grave Deliberation,
Grief deploring Loss of Happiness, 159 | Exhorting, .
Grief approaching to Distraction, 159 Courage- Desperate Excitement, 166
Grief choking Expression, . 160! Collins's Ode on the Passions, . 166
EXERCISES IN READING.
Antithetic Sentences, . . 170 Parenthetic Sentences, . . 193
The Series and its Varieties, . 178 The Climax,
Suspension of the Voice, . 183 Promiscuous Exercises in Prose, 199
Interrogative Sentences, . 187 | Promiscuous Exercises in Verse, 216
The Old Man and his Ass, .
Turning the Grindstone,
Respect due to Old Age,
The Story of a Disabled So Idier,
The Siege of Calais,..
Fool of Quality, 243
The Choice of Hercules,
The Vision of Mirza, .
The Monk of St. Francis,
Crossing the Atlantic,
Wushington Irving, 259
The Town and Country Mice,
The Nightingale and Glowworm,
Edwin and Angelina, .
The Story of Lavinia,
• Scott, .
HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL READINGS,
The Love of History Natural-its True U se,
Advantages of History,
On Biography, .
British Nepos, 284
Character of Julius Cæsar, .
Character of Cato, .
Comparison of Cæsar with Cato, ..
Character of Hannibal,
The Occupations of Alexander Severus,
Character of the Antonines, .
Character of Alfred, . . .
Character of Queen Elizabeth,
Character of Mary Queen of Scots,
Character of James I.,
The Four Learned Ages,
Character of Mr. Pitt.
Character of him, as Earl of Chatham,
Character of Mr. Charles James Fox,
MORAL AND DIDACTIC READINGS.
Piety recommended to the Young,
Modesty and Docility, .
Benevolence and Humanity,
Industry and Application,
Temperance in Pleasure recommended,
Labour and Exercise,
Truth and Sincerity,
Dignity of Manners,
Gentleness of Manners with Firmness of Mind,
On Study, .
Westminster Abbey, .
On the Swiftness of Time,
Discontent the Common Lot of all Mankind,
The Present Life with reference to a Future State, Addison,
On the Knowledge of the World,
The Planetary and Terrestrial Worlds,
The Pleasures of Science,
Dependence on Providence,
Advice to a Reckless Youth,
Real Nobility, . .
The God of Nature,
Aspirations after the Infinite,
Human Life, .
The Present Condition of Man vindicated,
On Happiness, .
RELIGIOUS OR DEVOTIONAL READINGS.
Exhortation to Youth to cultivate a Devotional Spirit, Taylor,
On the Creation of the World,
On our Saviour's Preaching, .
God the Author of Nature,
The Dying Christian to his Sou
Hymn to the Creator, .
Destruction of Sennacherib,
The Story of Le Fevre,
Reyno and Alpin,
The Beggar's Petition,
The Grave of Anna,
Hope beyond the Grave,
Miseries of Human Life,
Elegy on the Death of an Unfortunate Lady, .
Wolsey and Cromwell,
On the Death of Henry Kirke White.
Unhappy Close of Life,
HUMOROUS, SATIRICAL, AND COMIC PIECES.
On Female Oratory,
Awkwardness in Company,
Receipt to make an Epic Poem,
On Human Grandeur,
Lady Lillycraft's Retinue,
Washington Irving, 401
Contest between the Eyes and the Nose,
The Newcastle Apothecary, .
Lodgings for Single Gentlemen,
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,
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
440 | The World compared to a Stage, 450
Quarrel between Brutus and Orlando and Adam,
. 443 | Richmond encouraging hisSoldiers, 453
Hotspur reading a Letter, .
Shak speare, . 454
On Criticism, .
Liberty and Slavery, .
Eulogium on Howard,
Henry the Fourth's Soliloquy on Sleep,
On Life and Death, .
Living to One's self, .
On Mercy, .
Description of Queen Mab,
Prologue to the Tragedy of Cato,
Il Penseroso, .
Alexander's Feast, .
Extracts from the Bard,
Elegy written in a Country Church-yard, .. Ibid.
Lochiel's Warning, .
On Slavery, .
Ye Mariners of England, .
The Battle of Hohenlinden, ..
The Burial of Sir John Moore,
On Cruelty to Animals,
The Common Lot, .
Address to the Ocean,
The Field of Waterloo,
The Plain of Marathon,
The Dying Gladiator,
The Arab Maid's Song,
Ode to Eloquence, ..
Hope at the Close of Life,
What constitutes a State ?
My Mind to me a Kingdom is,
The Cataract of Lodore,