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OR PRIVATE READING,
SHAKSPEARE, MILTON, YOUNG, ADDISON, HOOD, 'CAMPBELL,
PUBLISHED BY W. KENT & CO.,
51, Jt 52, PATERNOSTER ROW.
Astronomical Alderman, The—Horace
As you Like it. Scene from—Shaks-
Casabianca.— Mrs. Hemans 70
Cato over the dead body of his Son.—
Deserted Village, from The—Gold-
Dying Gladiator, The—Byron 154
England—from the Task.—Cowper... 112
—New Monthly Magazine 91
Grasp of the Dead, The—L. E. London 111
Hamilton Tighe.—Ingoldsby 105
Hamlet's Soliloquy, Young England's
Version of.—/. O. 8
Hannibal to his Soldiers.—Livy 88
Horn of Egremont Chapel, The—
Kossuth's Farewell Address 46
Last Man, The—Campbell 143
Legend of Lurley, The—Albert Smith 155
Life of Blaney—from The Borough.
Marullus's Speech to the Mob—from
Julius Caesar.—Shakspere 160
Napoleon, Death of—McLellan 183
New Lodger, The—Hood 178
Nicholas's Address to his Army, The
Emperor— W. F. Peacock 22
Othello's Apology. After Shakspere
—J. O. 86
Parish Poor-House, A—Crabbe 87
Passage of the Red Sea, The—Regi-
Pig, The—Southey 73
Polish Refugees, The —Ebenezer
Private Practice—The Editor 48
Return of Roderick, The—Southey ... 61
Richard II., Scene from—Shakspere 17
Richelieu, Scene from—Sir E. Bulwer 55
Rivals, Scene from The—Sheridan ... 3
Roland Graeme.—Cunningham 40
Romeo and Juliet, Scene from—
Rural Felicity.—Hood 150
Samson on his Loss of Sight.—Milton 6
Soldier's Dream, A—Richardson 28
Soliloquy for the Worshippers of
Bacchus. After Shakspere.—W. Q. 138
Soliloquy on Sleep.—Shakspere 164
Soot and Sentiment—From "Punch" 11
Spectre Knight, The—Anonymous ... 142
Storm, A—Barry Cornwall 88
Three Weeks After Marriage, Scene
Threatened Invasion, On the—Hall,.. 187
Peter Pindar 14
Unpaid Puff for the Lawyers, An ... 74
Washing Day.—Anonymous 109
Water Gueuse, The—Anonymous 185
Wife—A Tale of Mantua, Scene from
The—Sheridan Knowles ,,... 108
Wife to her husband, The—Sunday
Winter—from The Seasons.—Thomson 13
Youth and Age.—Coleridge ... 9
THE STANDARD ELOCUTIONIST.
SCENE FROM "THE RIVALS."
Enter Sir Lucius O' Trigger and Acres, with pistols.
Acres. By my valour; then, Sir Lucius, forty yards is a good distance. Odds levels and aims !—I say it is a good distance.
Sir Lucius. Is it for muskets or small field pieces? Upon my conscience, Mr. Acres, you must leave those things to me.—Stay now —I'll show you.—[Measures paces along the stage.\ There now, that is a very pretty distance—a pretty gentleman's distance.
Acres, Zounds! we might as well fight in a sentry-hox! I tell you, Sir Lucius, the farther he is off, the cooler I shall take my aim.
Sir Lucius. Faith! then I suppose you would aim at him hest of all if he was out of sight!
Acres. No, Sir Lucius; but I should think forty, or eight-andthirty yards •
Sir Lucius. Pho! pho! nonsense! three or four feet between the mouths of your pistols is as good as a mile.
Acres. Odds bullets, no!—by my valour! there is no merit in killing him so near: do, my dear Sir Lucius, let me bring him down at a long shot:—a long shot, Sir Lucius, if you love me!
Sir Lucius. Well, the gentleman's friend and I must settle that.— But tell me now, Mr. Acres, in case of an accident, is there any little will or commission I could execute for you 1
Acres. I am much obliged to you, Sir Lucius—but I don't understand
Sir Lucius. Why, you may think there's no being shot at without a little risk—and if an unlucky bullet should carry a quietus with it—. I say it will be no time then to be bothering you about family matters.
Acres. A quietus!