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In the preparation of this work, free use has been made of the writings of standard authors upon Elocution, such as Walker, McCulloch, Sheridan Knowles, Ewing, Pinnock, Scott, Bell, Graham, Mylins, Wood, and many others.

In the selection of articles for Reading Exercises, great care has been taken to present variety of style and subject, to attract by interest of matter, to elevate by purity and delicacy of sentiment, and especially to furnish the mind with valuable information, and to influence the heart by sound moral and religious instruction.

Considerable liberty has been taken with the articles selected, in order to adapt them to the especial purpose for which they are here designed. Much change and remodeling have been necessary. The lessons are therefore credited as taken "from" the author named.

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42. Paul's Defense before King Agrippa . . . The Bible. • 134

46. The Broken Heart ......... Irving. .. 140

48. La Fayette and Robert Raikes ..... Grimke... 145

49. On Happiness of Temper ....... Goldsmith. . 148

50. The Fortune-Teller ......... Mackensie. . 150

53. Ironical Eulogy on Debt ... ........ 156

55. Description of a Siege ....... Walter Scott. 161

57. Life, a Mighty River .... ... Heber. .. 166

59. A view of the Coliseum. . . . . . . . Dewey. .. 169

61. Combat at a Tournament ....... Walter Scott. 172

64. South Carolina. .......... Hayne. ...

65. Massachusetts and South Carolina . ... Webster. ...

67. The Knave Unmasked ........ Shakspeare. .

68. A Passage in Human Life . . . . . . . . . . . . 195

71. Elijah the Tishbite . . . . . . . . . The Bible. . 200

72. Elijah at Mount Horeb. ....... Krummacher.

75. The Mysterious Stranger ....... Taylor. .. 206

76. The Same.-Concluded . .... .........

79. Choice of Hercules ........ . The Tatler. . 215

81. Lament for the Dead. ..... ... Ossian. ..

83. Westminster Abbey ......... Addison. ...

85. The Voyage . ......... Irving. . . 226

86. The Same.—Concluded . ............

88. Scene from the Poor Gentleman . ... . Colman. . . 233

*** 90. Folly of Intoxication. ........ Shakspeare. .

92. The Evils of War ............... 242

94. Origin of Property ....... .. Blackstone. . 246

95. British Refugees ....... ... Patrick Henry. 251

97. The Discontented Pendulum . . ... Jane Taylor. 256

99. Grateful Old Age . ...... ... Gesner... 261

--- 101. Memory of our Fathers . ....... Beecher. . 265

103. The Fourteenth Congress . ...... R. H. Wilde. 268

106. The Shipwreck. ........ 274

108. The Eagle's Nest .......... Wilson... 277

109. The Same.-Concluded . . . ... ... ... 280

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111. North American Indians ....... Sprague. . . 285

113. The Twins ............ Wilson. .. 288

114. The Same.-Concluded . .............

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116. An Evening Adventure. ............ 296

117. New Year's Night of an Unhappy Man . . Richter. .. 298

120. Discontent: An Allegory ....... Addison. ... 304

122. Family of Marco Bozzaris . ...... Stevens... 311

125. On the Removal of the British Troops. . . Chatham. . . 319

127. The Baptism ...... ..... Wilson. .. 325

129. Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" ..... Macaulay. . 331

*131. The Best Kind of Revenge. ...

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134. Tact and Talent ................ 338

135. The Voyage of Life: An Allegory .... Dr. Johnson.

136. Colloquial Powers of Franklin ..... Wm. Wirt. 342

138. Influence of Natural Scenery. ........... 346

141. The Crusader and the Saracen ..... Walter Scott. 351

144. Prince Henry and Falstaff. ...... Shakspeare. . 360

147. Impeachment of Warren Hastings . ........

150. The Will . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

* 151. The Natural and Moral Worlds ..... Grimke. . . 379

154. The Teacher and the Sick Scholar . .. . Dickens. ... 384

156. The Little Brook and the Star ... ....... 389

157. The Same.-Concluded ............. 394

159. On the American War. ....... Chatham... 401

160. Supposed Speech of John Adams .... Webster. ..

162. The Grave ............ Irving. ..

164. Anecdote of the Duke of Newcastle. ........ 412

166. Speech on Trial of a Murderer ..... Webster. ...

*168. Observance of the Sabbath. ...... Dr. Spring. .

170. Character of Columbus . ....... Irving.. ...

171. Surrender of Grenada ........ Bulwer. .. 428

173. The Moon and Stars.-A Fable ..... Montgomery.. 433

174. The Same.-Concluded . .... ......... 435

177. Importance of the Union ....... Webster. . . 442

178. Character of Washington . . . . . . . Sparks. .. 444

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2. The Thunder Storm . . . . . . . . . Thomson . . 64

4. Hymn to the Night Wind ........

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5. The Cataract of Lodore. .. ... Southey. ..

7. The Old House Clock ... ........

9. The Needle . ...... ........

13. To the Dead . . . . . . . . . . . . Brainard. . 83

15. The Village Blacksmith. ....... Longfellow. . 86

20. The Hour of Prayer ......... Mrs. Hemans. 100

23. Song of the Stars . ... ... Bryant... 104

25. Select Paragraphs ... ......... 107

27. Hamlet's Soliloquy ......... Shakspeare. 110

28. Ode to an Infant Son . . . . . . . . Thomas Hood. 111

32. The Gouty Merchant and the Stranger ....... 117

34. Vanity of Life ................ 121

35. The Mariner's Dream ....... Dimond. ...

36. The Soldier's Rest . . . . . . . . . Walter Scott. 124

37. Burial of Sir John Moore ....... Chas. Wolfe.. 126

38. Mary, the Maid of the Inn. ..... · Southey. . . 127

39. Jephthah's Daughter. ........ N. P. Willis. 129

40. Treasures of the Deep ... ... . . Hemans. . . 131

41. Battle in Heaven .......... Milton. .. 132

43. Henry V. to his Troops . ....... Shakspeare. . 136

44. Hector's Attack on the Grecian Walls... Pope's Homer. 137

45. Rienzi's Address to the Romans . . . . . . . . . . 139

47. The Prisoner for Debt ........ Whittier. . . 143

51. Satan, Sin, and Death ..... ... Milton. ...

52. God is Everywhere ...... .........

54. Faithless Nelly Gray ....... . Hood. . . . 159

56. Description of a Storm at Sea ..... Carrington .. 165

58. The Family Meeting. .... ... Sprague. . .

60. On Modulation. .......... Lloyd.... 171

62. The Banner of Pulaski . ....... Longfellow. . 175

63. The Downfall of Poland ....... Campbell.. . 177

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