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But the range of the work is wider still. The book is, indeed, a sort of History of Literature. Here, accordingly, will be found, in the form of Notes, numerous original sketches of literary character, brief, though comprehensive, as the space requires, but all in the spirit of truth and fairness ; while longer sketches, drawn by the ablest hands, and tracing with precision the subtle shades of literary merit, find place, as well they may, among the Exercises to be read in regular course.

These sketches—even the best of them—are not, of course, exhaustive. They mark the main points, however, and cannot fail-even the poorest of them—to awaken that interest which always attends the perusal of a piece whose author is known to the reader by something more than the mere announcement of his name. They show how, as in the case of Cowper, labor imparts a finish which no time can wear off, and how, as in the same beautiful example, wit, humor, and gayety may be found in close alliance with all that is pure in sentiment and refined in language; how worth, in spite of obstacles, rises slowly, it may be, but surely, to its own proper level; how the walls of a prison, as in the case of Bunyan, and even total blindness, as in that of Milton, seem rather to quicken than to hinder the free movements of genius; how even genius itself, however tran. scendent, without the salutary check of goodness, is, after all, only what the ignorant deem of a comet-a mighty messenger of mischief; and how, in short, opportunities, the best and the worst, are alike unavailing, if the disposition be wanting to reach honorable achievement. .

With these few words respecting the plan, purpose, matter, and execution of the work, the Union RHETORICAL READER is respectfully submitted to the judgment of teachers

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EXERCISZ

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6. The Angel in the Thunderstorm, .;.. Joan Wilson, ..

7. Roprecht the Robber,. . . . . . . . Abridged from SOUTHET, 62

8. Scene from Hadad, .......JAMES A. HILLHOUSE,

9. The Proud Miss Macbride, ...... John G. SAXE, . . .

76

10. The Ettrick She

ROBERT CHAMBERS, 83

11. Queen Mary's Landing, . . . . . . JAMES HOGG, ..

12. Death of Mary Queen of Scots, . . . . John LINGARD, . . . 92

13 Toleration - An Apologue, ...i.. JEREMY TAYLOR, .. 96

14. Address to the Heavenly Bodies, ... HENRY WARE, JR., .

15. The Shepherd and the Philosopher,... Joan GAY, ..

98

16. The Prodigal Son-A Parable, ... . LUKE, Chap. XV., ...

17. The Vase and the Pitcher, . . . . . . JANE TAYLOR, ... 103

18. Cowper the Poet, ...

THOMAS CAMPBELL,

105

19. Passages from Cowper :-

God observed in Naturo •

Love of Liberty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Love of Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Wisdom and Know

The true Freeman .

109

Affectation in the Pulpit ........

110

The Positive Talker

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20. The Senate of Rome and the A merican Louis KOSSUTH, . . 111

Congress, . . . . . . . .

21. The Men to make a State, ...... Geo. W. DOANE, . . 112

| From the German of

22. The Diver, ..........: Schiller by BULWER, 116

23. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, . .... New Am. CYCLOPEDIA,

24. The Song of Hiawatha, . . . . . . . LONGFELLOW, . . .

25. Hiawatha's Wooing, . . . . . . : .

. . . . . . LONGFELLOW, . . .

125

26. The Eleventh Commandment-An Anecdote, ANON., · · · · · ·

130

27. Without Charity all Gifts are as nothing, . 1 Cor. Chap. xiii., . . 133

28. Sketch of Shakspeare, . . . . . . . SAMUEL JOHNSON,.. 134

29. Character of Hamlet,.'. . . . . . . WILLIAM HAZLITT, .. 138

30. Scene from Hamlet, . . . . . . . . SHAKSPEARE, . . .

140

31. Scene from Hamlet (continued), ...SAAKSPEARE, . . . 145

32. The Fate of Macgregor, . . . . . . .. James Hogg, . . . 150

33. Charade on the Name of Campbell the Poet, W. M. PRAED, ..154

34. Charade on the word Blockhead, . . . . W. M. PRAED, ... 155

Charade on Dr. Barnard, ...... SAMUEL JOHNSON, . . 156

35. The Spirit of British Liberty, . . . . . SIR JAMES MACKINTO88, 157

36. Letter to the Duke of Bedford, .... Junius, . . . . . 159

37. Men of One Idea, . . . . ·

J. G. HOLLAND, . . 162

38. Imagination,. . . . . . . . . . . BARRY CORNWALL, . 167

39. Sketch of Lord Brougbam, . .......

ord Brougbam, . . . . . . T. Noon TALFOURD, . 169

Demosthenes, translated

40. Reply to the Party of Philip, ...

.. by LORD BROUGHAM, 171

41. Ode to Rain, . . . . . . . . . .

SAMUEL T. COLERIDGE,

42. Why does your Hair turn White? ... W. HuniS, . . .

43. Epitaphs, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

179

On the Countess of Pembroke, ... Ben Jonson,. ... 180

On a Lady famed for her Caprico, ... ROBERT BURNS, . . . 180

On Himself, . . . . . . . . .

• S. T. COLERIDGE, . 180

Punning Epitaph on Joseph Blackett, BYRON, . . . . .

181

On Samuel Johnson, . . . . . .

WILLIAM COWPER, . . 181

On Charles II., . . . . . . . .

ROCHESTER,.

. 182

Sir Isaac Newton, . . . . . . .

. . . . Pope, . . . . . . 182

A Living Author's Epitaph, . ..Cowley, .....

On a Miser, · · · ·

. . . . ANONYMOUS, . . . .

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44. Nothing but Leaves, . . . . . . . . ANONYM008, . . . 183

45. The Story of Le Fevre, . . . . . . .

STERNE, . .

184

46. Laugh on, Laugh on, to-day!..... W.M. PRAED, ... 193

47. Hymn of Boyhood, . . . . . . . . A. CLEVELAND COXE 195

48. Spiritual Freedom—What is it? ....

.. CHANNING,

199

The Present Age, . . . . . . . CHANNING, . . . . 200

49. Speech of Lord Mansfield on Privilege, .

203

50. Sleep, Mr. Speaker! . . . . .

. W. M. PRAED, ... 205

51. Parental Odo to my Little Son, .... Thomas Hood, ... 206

208

52. Song of the Shirt, . . . . . . . . . THOMAS HOOD, ...

53. Man's Works shall follow him, .. . . John G. WHITTIER, . 212

54. Resting-Places for the Dead interesting to JUDGE STORY, ... 213

tho Living, . . . . . . . . . . )

55. The Bell at Greenwood, • • • •

ARTHUR MORRELL, . . 216

56. New Year's Eve, . . .

216

. · · · · ·

CHARLES LAMB,. . .

57. Ring out the Old Year, . . . . . . . TENNYSON, . .. . 220

58. Passages from Pollok:-

Friends, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Miser, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

222

Fame, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222

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Fate of Byron, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

223

The Want above all other Wants, . ...

59. The Dead Mother, ......ANONYMOUS, . . . . 224

60. Dirge, . . . . .

CHARLES G. EASTMAN, 226

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61. Overthrow of Belshazzar, . . . . . . BARRY CORNWALL, .227

62. Excerpts from the Autocrat of the Break- | OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES,

fast Table,. . . . . . .

63. Not on the Battle-Field, . ...

TOAN PIERPONT,

232

64. Scene from the Honey-Moon, . . . . . John TOBIN, . . . . 235

65. The Lord of Burleigh, ......

Tennyson, · · · ·

242

66. Last Moments of Mozart, ....

246

67. Our One Life, . . .

248

. . . .

HORATIUS BONAR,. .

68. A Rill from the Town Pump, ..

HAWTHORNE, . . . 250

69. Sunnets :

Sonnet upon Sonnets, . . . . . . WORDSWORTH, .

254

On his own Blindness . . . . . . Milton. . . . . .

254

To Milton, . . . . . . . . . .

WORDS RTA, .

255

To Sleep, . . . . . . .

WORDSWORTH, . . . 255

The Moon's Mild Ray, . .

John H. BRYANT, . . 256

Upon a Primroso, · · · ·

Joan CLARE,. ... 256

Sabbath Morn, · · · · ·

JOAN LEYDEN, ... 257

Sbakspeare, · · · · · ·

HARTLEY COLERIDGE, 257

On Beauty, . . . . . .

SHAKSPEARE, ... 258

Dwellings of the Dead, . .

Blackwood's MAGAZINE,258

70. Cicero against Mark Antony, . . . . . Translated by BROUGHAM,259

71. Richard the Third and Macbeth, ..

WILLIAM HAZLITT, . 261

72. Scene from Macbeth, . . . . . . . . SAAKSPEARE, . . . 263

73. Scene from Richard III., . . . . . . SEAKSPEARE, . . . 267

74. Richard of Gloster, . . . . . . . . . Joan G. SAXE, ... 268

75. Chateaubriand and Sir Walter Scott, . Alison, . . . . . 271

76, No Religion without Mysteries, . . . . CHATEAUBRIAND, . . 274

77. The Christian Knight and the Saracen Sie w.

en Sir Walter Scott, . 276

Cavalier, . . . . . . .

78. Saladin and Malek Adhel, . . . . . . New Mon. Magazine, 282

79. The Life of a Naturalist, . . . . . .

John JAMES AUDUBON, 288

80. The Ministry of the Doves, . . . . . Susan FENIMORE COOPER,Z

81. The Church at Belem, .

... T. Noon TALFOURD, . 292

EXERCISE

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82. Short Antithetical Passages :-

The Spiritual and the Natural, . . . I Cor. Chap. XV., . 294

The Bible adapted to all, . . . . . Mrs. SARAH S. ELLIS, 295

Tact versus Talent, · · · · . . . LONDON ATLAS,. . . 295

Rolla to the Peruvians, .

SHERIDAN, . .

296

Catiline's Forces in Contrast with the

Cicero, ....

Roman Army,. . . . . . .

Contrasts in Man, . . . . . . . YOUNG, . . . . . 297

The true Critic, .

Pope, ....

297

Chivalry and Puritanism, . . . . BANCROFT, ..

298

Homer and Virgil, · · · ·

POPE, . .

298

83. War Song, · · · · · · · ·

SIR WALTER

299

84. Hunting Song, · · · · ·

.. SIR WALTER Scott, . 301

85. Song of Peace, .

. . . CowPER, . . . . . 302

86. Sketch of Webster, . . . . . ..E. P. WHIPPLE, .. 303

87. Importance of the Union,...

WEBSTER,. . . .

307

88. Life intended to be Happy, .. . . . L. H. GRINDON, . . 309

89. The Ainerican Flag, · · · ... J. Rodman DRAKE, . 312

90. Words from Holy Writ:- .

Whenco cometh Wisdom ?

JOB xxviii., ..... 314

Confidence in God, . . . . . . . Psalm xxiii., . .

314

Maxims and Observations, . . . . PROVERB$ xxvii.,.. 315

Call to Faith and Repentance, ... Isaiah lv., .. .. 315

Deeds, not Words, ...

JEREMIAH vi

315

Seek first the Kingdom of God, .. MATTIEW vi., ... 316

Duties enjoined, . . . . · · ·

ROYANS xii.,

316

General Exhortation, · · · · · · PailIPPIANS iv., . . 317

The Tongue an unruly Member, ... JAMES iii., .. . . 317

$1. Coronation of Napoleon, · · · · · · MADAME JUNOT, .. 318

92. Sketch of Bonaparte, . . . . . . . CHARLES PHILLIPS, . 321

93. Eulogy on Franklin, . . . . . . . . MIRABEAU, . . . . 324

94. Trial of Baxter, . . . . . . . . . JAMES STEPHEN, . .. 325

05. Filial Piety,

. . . . . . SHERIDAN,

. .

328

Miss FANSHAWE and 329

96. Enigmas, . . . . . . . . . . . JANE TAYLOR. 330

97. The Coral Insect, .

MRS. SIGOURNEY, . .

331

98. Tho Aim of Don Quixote, . . . . . . George TICKNOR,. . 333

99. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, . . . CERVANTES, . . . .

336

100. The Fatal Charge, . . . . . . . . CHAPMAN AND SHIRLEY, 339

101. The Reign of Terror, .

. MACAULAY, . . . .

346

102. Ultimate Triumph of Public Opinion,. . WEBSTER,. . . . . 348

103. Scene from Pickwick, -Mr. Pickwick's CHARLES DICKENS, . 349

Dilemma, . : : :

104. Another scene from Pickwick, Sam Welo (CHARLES DICKENS. 354

ler as I Witness, · · · · · · · ·

105. The pind Boy's Speech,...... PARK BENJAMIN, .. 358

106. Duty »f the Government in the Present Geo. D. PRENTICE, 360

Cri is, . ..

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107. Lir ,s on a Skeleton, . . . . . . .

ANONYMOUS, . .

364

108. Sketch of Wordsworth,. ..... CHAMBERS, .... 365

109. Intimations of Immortality, . . . . . WORDSWORTI, .... 367

110. Prospects of the Repu

EDWARD EVERETT, . 370

111. The Widow and her Son, . . . . . . WASHINGTON IRVING, . 372

112. Eulogy on Washington, . ..

FRANCIS C. GRAY,..

113. Washington's Solicitude for the Union, . WEBSTER, ... .. 379

114 The Mill,. . . . . . . . . . . M. ELVA WOOD, . . 382

Ils Ingar in the Wilderness, . . . . . . N. P. WILLIS, . . . 384

Sketch of Samuel Johnson, . . . . . Thos. B. SHAW, . 388

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