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LESSON XXXIX.-EVENING ON THE ST. LAWRENCE.
[This piece is designed for practice in moderate force'. The least excess of quantity, or volume of voice, in the reading of such pieces, disturbs the repose, and is at variance with the gentleness, of the scene. At the same time, care should be taken, that the tone do not become lifeless, from want of animation. A quiet but distinct utterance, should be maintained, throughout all such
passages.]  From the moment the sun is down, every thing becomes
silent on the shore, which our windows overlook; and the murmurs of the broad St. Lawrence, more than two miles
wide, immediately before us, and, a little way to the right, 5 spreading to five or six miles in breadth, are sometimes,
for an hour, the only sounds that arrest our attention. Every evening since we have been here, black clouds and splendid moonlight have hung over, and embellished this
tranquil scene; and, on two of these evenings, we have 10 been attracted to the window, by the plaintive Canadian
boat-song. In one instance, it arose from a solitary voyager, floating in his light canoe, which occasionally appeared and disappeared on the sparkling river, and in its distant
course seemed no larger than some sportive insect. In 15 another instance, a larger boat, with more numerous and
less melodious voices, not, indeed, in perfect harmony, passed nearer to the shore, and gave additional life to the
A few moments after, the moon broke out from a throne of dark clouds, and seemed to convert the whole 20 expanse of water into one vast sheet of glittering silver ;
and, in the very brightest spot, at the distance of more than a mile, again appeared a solitary boat, but too distant to admit of our hearing the song, with which the boatman was probably solacing his lonely course.
LESSON XL.-AMERICA TO ENGLAND.-W. ALLSTON. [This piece furnishes an example of the energetic style, which, in elocution, is termed declamatory force'. The properties of voice, in the reading and recitation of such passages, may all be desig. nated under the head of Corotund' utterance,-a deep, full, and resonant tone, pervading the whole; and every note combining the
depth of the pectoral with the smoothness of the oral quality'.) 
All hail ! thou noble land,
O'er the vast Atlantic wave to our shore :
For thou, with magic might,
The world o'er!
The Genius of our clime,
While the Tritons of the deep
Then let the world combine,
Bright in fame!
O'er untravelled seas to roam,-
And shall we not proclaim
By its chains ?
How the vault of heaven rung,
While this, with reverence meet,
Round our coast;
Between let ocean roll,
Yet, still, from cither beach,
“ We are One!"
LESSON XLI. -THE AMERICAN EAGLE.-C. W. THOMSON. · [The following piece affords scope for a degree of force' beyond that which was exemplified in the preceding lesson. In the second, third, and fourth stanzas, it rises to what is distinguished, in elocution, by the designation of empassioned force',--the fullest vehemence of voice, bordering on the shout, and, sometimes, passing into it. This style is found chiefly in lyric poetry; but it is sometimes
exemplified in the vehement energy of prose, on exciting occasions.)  Bird of the heavens! whose matchless eye
Alone can front the blaze of day,
Ne'er from the sunlight turns away;
Majestic o'er the loftiest peak,
Around thy nest, in tempests, speak,-
Or lift his gaudier plumes on high
Upon thy cloud-encircled throne ?
Might well be thought almost divine ;
The mountain and the rock are thine;
And loudest lullabies are sung
When, his snow mantle o'er him cast,
25 He sweeps across the mountain top,  With a dark fury naught can stop,
And wings his wild unearthly way
Bird of the sun! to thee,-to thee
The monarch mount his gorgeous throne; 
Throwing the crimson drapery by,
That half impedes his glorious way; 35 And mounting up the radiant sky,
E'en what he is,--the king of day!
 Before the regent of the skies
eyes; But thou, in regal majesty,
Hast kingly rank as well as he ;
Thou meet'st the splendor of his blaze.
An emblem of our native land;
Among the nations doomed to stand ;
Like her own rivers, wandering free; And sending forth from hills and floods,
The joyous shout of liberty !
She stands in unbought majesty,
That mounts aloft, nor looks below,  20 And will not quail though tempests blow.  The admiration of the earth,
In grand simplicity she stands;
And she was nursed by rugged hands;  25 But, past the fierce and furious war,
Her rising fame new glory brings,
To seek the shelter of her wings.  And like thee, rider of the cloud,
30 She mounts the heavens, serene and proud,
Great in a pure and noble fame,
Mighty as Rome,-more nobly free.  35 My native land ! my native land !
To her my thoughts will fondly turn;
For her the heart with fears will yearn.
Oh! may she keep her eye, like thee, 40 Proud eagle of the rocky wild, Fix'd on the sun of liberty,
By rank, by faction unbeguiled;
Remembering still the rugged road
LESSON XLII.-THE LAST EVENING BEFORE ETERNITY.
J. A. HILLHOUSE.
[The following extract is intended as an exercise in 'low pitch of utterance. A deep, and comparatively holion tone, pervades the reading of this piece, as it is characterized by the deepest solemnity. As an exercise in elocution, it is designed to cultivate the power of full and clear utterance, on a low key,—an attainment more difficult than most others, but of the greatest service to appropriate expression, in all solemn passages, whether in sacred or secular coin posi.
By this, the sun his westering car drove low;
Along the horizon castled shapes were piled, 5 Turrets and towers, whose fronts embattled gleamed
With yellow light: smit by the slanting ray,
Upon the seraphs' wings the glowing spots
With fainter wave, the gorgeous ensign hung,
Of golden lustre. Over all the hill,
Round I gazed
Faded the glories of the dying day.
The solitary star of evening shone.
# For an example of very low' utterance, see LESSON XLVI.