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The compiler has taken several pieces which have long been familiar to all persuns acquainted with English literature, and which may to some extent be pronounced hackneyed; such as Collins's “Ode to the Passions” and Gray's “Elegy.” But the permanent popularity of such pieces is due to their intrinsic merit, and it seemed to the compiler that they ought not to be displaced to make room for productions which, it is true, are now commended by the gloss of novelty, but will not be likely to wear so well as those on which time has set its lasting seal of approval. Several pieces will also be found here which were first made generally known in Pierpont's “ American First Class Book,” an admirable work, which, in many respects, has never been surpassed by any of the many similar compilations which have since appeared. In retaining these the compiler has been guided not only by his own judgment but by the express wishes of several teachers who were desirous that selections should be retained which have so long borne the sharp test of daily use.

In the preparation of the work the compiler has been aided by the judgment and experience of many practical teachers, espeeially several masters of grammar schools in this city, whose services and interest are gratefully remembered. And at every step he has had the valuable assistance of his publisher and friend, Dr. T. M. BREWER, to whose taste and judgment no small portion of whatever merit the work may be found to possess is to be ascribed.

The introductory portion, on reading and the training of the vocal organs, has been prepared expressly for this work by Prof. MARK Bailey, of Yale College, a gentleman of large experience in the teaching of elocution; and it is confidently believed that teachers will find it of great practical service, and that it will add much to the value of the work.

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PART II. PRINCIPLES AND ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE ELEMENTS OF

VOCAL EXPRESSION.......

xxii

Force.......

xxii

Time.

xxviii

The Slides..

xxxiii

Pitch

xliv

Volume

xlvi

Stress

xlvii

Quality of Voice.

lviii

Mixed Emotions

lxxiv

Physical Culture..

lxxix

Vocal Culture.....

lxxx

Natural Expression

lxxx

DIDACTIC.

PROSE,

lesson

1. The Contrast: or Peace and War..

3. The Discontented Pendulum..

15. Excuses for Neglect of Religion

16. Same Subject, concluded.

34. The Miseries of War

40. The Progress of Society.

PAGE

Athenaeum. 1

..Jane Taylor. 8

Buckminster. 47

51

..Hall. 113

.. Channing, 131

NARRATIVE AND DESCRIPTIVE.

PROSE.

1

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HUMOROUS AND

PATHETIC.

PROSE,

5. Rip Van Winkle
26. The Captive...
49. Death and Burial of Little Nell
53. Fashionable Parties in New Netherlands
111. Mrs. Caudle urging the need of Spring Clothing

.Irving. 15
.....Sterne. 87

Dickens. 159

. Irving. 170
.......Jerrold. 328

POETRY

13. Give me Three Grains of Corn, Mother...............Miss Edwards. 42
23. The Deacon's Masterpiece; or, The Wonderful “ One-horse Shay,”

Holmes. 77
25. Helvellyn...

..Sir Walter Scott. 85
50. Address to the Mummy in Belzoni's Exhibition, London,

Horace Smith. 165
58. Over the River.....

Miss Priest. 183
67. The Burial of Arnold...

Willis, 210

102. The Angels of Buena Vista.

Whittier. 305

109. The Indians

Sprague. 323

112. The Bridge of Sighs

..... Hood. 331

123. A Parental Ode to my Infant Son

.......Hood. 356

DECLAMATORY.

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