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I have now, however, been induced by the recommendation of several educational friends, to increase its utility by publishing it in connexion with a Class Book ON READING.* The great number of excellent Reading Books which have been published of late years, seems to render a new one on the subject uncalled for, and unnecessary; but I have long been of opinion, that in almost all of these class books there is a great deficiency in LITERARY SELECTIONS. That Compilations of this kind (particularly when they are intended for the use of the children in Popular or National Schools) should contain as much information as possible on scientific and useful subjects is certainly very desirable; but still the literature of our language should have its due place in them ;t or at least, there should be, in addition to them, some other class books to supply this deficiency. With this view I have compiled the present volume; and should I be spared, it is probable that I may at no very distant period bring out an additional one, to which I shall prefix a short Introduction to English Literature. In the meantime, a glance over the Contents of this volume will show that it contains a far greater portion of the literature of our language than its size would seem to indicate. Besides, the EXERCISES ON READING, which are not specified in the Contents, will be found to contain a copious selection of the choicest and most beautiful specimens of our best and most approved writers. These exercises extend from page 170 to page 232.
have already a placed before them all the words in the language of difficult or irregular pronunciation. I have also furnished them with
actical rules for the pronunciation of such words: and in this Introduction I have shown them, how even a defective articulation may, in most cases, be remedied.”
* It is a matter of record that all my little works on Education, were originally written to supply wants which I had observed in the Irish National Schools.
+ See in connexion with these observations, note page 233.
• In the Introduction to the English Dictionary.
Rules for Reading, founded on the Inflections of the Voice-- Archbishop
Whately's Views on the Subject-His Rule for Good Reading-Ex-
tract from the Compiler's Outline of the Method of Teaching in the
National Model Schools-Extracts from Sheridan's Introduction to the
Art of Speaking-Dr. Franklin's Views on the Subject-Extracts from
the most eminent Works on the subject, British, American, and French-
Practical Suggestions for Beginners-Short Directions for Young Read-
ers--Accent and Emphasis-Walker's “ Inflections of the Voice" Ana-
lyzed and Explained-General Rules and Examples—The Series and
its Varieties- The Parenthesis, and Parenthetic Clauses-The Climax-
Rhetorical Punctuation Directions for Reading Verse-Modulation
of the Voice-The Passions--Sheridan's Art of Speaking, . . . 9-82
Satirical Description of Character, 108
85 | Vexation-Pertness-Cringing, 110
Arguing-Moral Certainty, . 86 | Polite Conversation, . . 112
Reproof of a Flatterer, .
88 Anger-Reconciliation, . . 114
Contempt of Pride, .
Inculcating, Commanding, &c. 118
Petitioning with Humour,
90 Complaint-Supplicating, . 120
Petitioning with Dejection,
Exhortation to Courage, &c.,.. 124
Blunt Reproof-Warning : 129
A Love-sick Shepherd's Complaint, 93 Reflection on Lost Happiness, &c. 133
Authority and Forbidding, 94 Consultation, .
Contempt of Common Objects,. 95 Fierceness, Desperation,
Horrors of War,
98 | Consideration, Dissuasion,
Description, Sublime and Terrible, 99 Anger-Threatening, .
Conjugal Affection with Distress, 100 | Deprecation--Surprise,
Mournful Description, . . 103 Doubting, Vexation, &c., . 112
Asking-Reproof- Approbation, 106 | Plotting-Cruelty-Horror, . 144
PASSAGES ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE PASSIONS OR EMOTIONS.
Cheerfulness in Retirement, 146 Pity for a Departed Friend,
Invoking Mirth as a Goddes 146 Hope,
Laughter on Seeing a Shroud Hope of Good Tidings,
Buffoon, . . . 147 Hatred Cursing the Object hated, 152
Rallying a Person for Melancholy, 148 Hatred of a Rival in Glory, . 153
Seoffing at supposed Cowardice, 148 | Anger and Threatening,
Joy, or Satisfaction Inexpressible, 149 | Narrative in Suppressed Anger, 153
Joy approaching to Transport, . 150 Revenge,.
Joy bordering on Sorrow, . 150 Determined Revenge,
150) Eager Revenge, .
Remorse and Reproach,
Reproaching with Want of
Surprise at unexpected Events, 162
Reproaching with Want of Man Amazement at Strange News, . 162
Fear from a Dreadful Object, . 158 Vexation at neglecting one's Duty, 164
Horror at a Dreadful Apparition, 158 | Malice and Revenge,
Deep or Settled Grief,
. 159 Grave Deliberation,
Grief deploring Loss of Happiness, 159 | Exhorting, .
Grief approaching to Distraction, 159 Courage-Desperate Excitement, 166
Grief choking Expression, . 160 Collins's Ode on the Passions, · 166
EXERCISES IN READING.
Antithetic Sentences, . . 170 Parenthetic Sentences, . . 193
The Series and its Varieties, . 178 | The Climax,
Suspension of the Voice, . 183 | Promiscuous Exercises in Prose, 199
Interrogative Sentences, . 187 | Promiscuous Exercises in Verse, 216
The Old Man and his Ass, .
Turning the Grindstone, .
Respect due to Old Age,
The Dervis, .
The Story of a Disabled Soldier,
The Siege of Calais,
Fool of Quality, 243
The Choice of Hercules,
The Vision of Mirza,
br. . 252
The Monk of St. Francis,
Crossing the Atlantic,
Washington Irving, 259
The Town and Country Mice,
The Nightingale and Glowworm,
Edwin and Angelina, .
The Story of Lavinia,
Othello's Apology, .
HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL READINGS.
The Love of History Natural-its True Use, . Bolingbroke, 280
Advantages of History,
On Biography, .
British Nepos, 284
Character of Julius Cæsar, .
Character of Cato, .
Comparison of Cæsar with
Character of Hannibal,
The Occupations of Alexander Severus,
Character of the Antonines, .
Character of Alfred, .
Character of Queen Elizabeth,
Character of Mary Queen of Scots, .
Character of James I.,
The Four Learned Ages,
Character of Mr. Pitt,
Character of him, as Earl of Chatham,
Character of Mr. Charles James Fox,
MORAL AND DIDACTIC READINGS.
Piety recommended to the Young,
. Blair, .
Modesty and Docility, .
. Ibid. .
Benevolence and Humanity,
Industry and Application,
Temperance in Pleasure recommend
Labour and Exercis
Truth and Sincerity,
Dignity of Manners,
Gentleness of Manners with Firmness of Mind,
Westminster Abbey, ..
On the Swiftness of Time,
Discontent the Common Lot of all Mankind, .
The Present Life with reference to a Future State, Addison,
On the knowledge of the World,
The Planetary and Terrestrial Worlds,
The Pleasures of Science,
Dependence on Providence,
Advice to a Reckless Youth
The God of Nature,
Aspirations after the Infinite, :
The Present Condition of Man vindicated,
On Happiness, .
Polonius's Advice to his Son,
RELIGIOUS OR DEVOTIONAL READINGS.
Exhortation to Youth to cultivate a Devotional Spirit, Taylor,
On the Creation of the World,
On our Saviour's Preaching,
God the Author of Nature,
The Dring Christian to his S
Hymn to the Creator, .
Destruction of Sennacherib, .
The Story of Le Fevre, .
Reyno and Alpin,
The Beggar's Petition,
The Grave of Anda, .
Hope beyond the Grave,
Miseries of Human Life,
Elegy on the Death of an Unfortunate Lady, ..
Wolsey and Cromwell, .
On the Death of Henry Kirke White,
· Blair, .
Unhappy Close of Life,
HUMOROUS, SATIRICAL, AND COMIC PIECES.
On Female Oratory,
Awkwardness in Company,
Receipt to make an Epic Poem,
On Pedantry, .
Mirror, . .
On Human Grandeur,
Goldsmith, . 399
Lady Lillycraft's Retinue,
Washington Irving, 401
Contest between the Eyes and the Nose,
The Newcastle Apothecary, .
, . .
Lodgings for Single Gentlemen,
Address to a Mummy,
New Mon. Mag.. 408
The Well of St. Keyne,
The March of Intellect,
Blackwood's Mag. 412
SPECIMENS OF ANCIENT AND MODERN ELOQUENCE.
Demosthenes against Philip, 414 From a Speech of Lord Chatham, 428
Cicero against Verres, .
419 Flood and Grattan,
From Speeches of Lord Mansfield, 423 Burke's Panegyrio on the Elo-
Walpole in Reproof of Pitt, . 426 quence of Sheridan, .
Pitt's Reply, . . . 427 | Brougham on Negro Slavery, 434
SPEECHES AND DIALOGUES FROM SHAKSPEARE.
Hamlet to the Players,
. 436 | Gloucester to the Nobles,
Cassius inciting Brutus to conspire, 437 Henry V. and Lord Chief Justice, 448
Brutus on the Death of Cæsar, . 439 Description of an Apothecary, . 450
The World compared to a Stage, 450
Quarrel between Brutus and Orlando and Adam, . . 451
. . . 443 Richmond encouraging his Soldiers, 453
Hotspur reading a Letter,
On Criticism, .
Liberty and Slavery, .
Eulogium on Howard,
Henry the Fourth's Soliloquy on Sleep,
On Life and Death, .
Marie Antoinette, .
Living to One's self,
On Mercy, .
Description of Queen Mab, .
Prologue to the Tragedy of Ca
Il Penseroso, .
Extracts from the Bard,
Elegy written in a Country Ch
Lochiel's Warning, .
On Slavery, .
Cowper, . 488
Ye Mariners of England,
The Battle of Hohenlinden, .
The Burial of Sir John Moore,
On Cruelty to Animals,
• Cowper, .
The Common Lot, i
Address to the Ocean,
The Field of Waterloo,
The Plain of Marathon,
The Dying Gladiator,
The Arab Maid's Song,
Ode to Eloquence,
Hope at the Close of Life,
What constitutes a State?
My Mind to me a Kingdom is,
The Cataract of Lodore,