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T. S. Arthur.
C. G. Eastman.
C. D. Warner.
Jean Ingelow.

Eliza Cook.

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1. The Good Reader
2. The Bluebell
3. The Gentle Hand
4. The Grandfather
5. A Boy on a Farm
6. The Singing Lesson
7. Do not Meddle
8. Work
9. The Maniac
10. Robin Redbreast
11. The Fish I Did n't Catch
12. It Snows
13. Respect for the Sabbath Rewarded
14. The Sands o’Dee
15. Select Paragraphs
16. The Corn Song
17. The Venomous Worm
18. The Festal Board
19. How to Tell Bad News

W. Allingham.

Whittier.
Mrs. S. J. Hale.

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Charles Kingsley.

Bible.
Whittier.
John Russell.

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AUTHOR. PAGE
20. The Battle of Blenheim

Southey. 82
21. I Pity Them

85
22. An Elegy on Madam Blaize

Goldsmith. 87
23. King Charles II. and William Penn Mason L. Weems. 88
24. What I Live For

91
25. The Righteous Never Forsaken

92
26. Abou Ben Adhem

Leigh Hunt. 95
27. Lucy Forrester

John Wilson. 96
28. The Reaper and the Flowers

Longfellow. 101
29. The Town Pump

Hawthorne. 103
30. Good-night

Peter Parley. 108
31. An Old-fashioned Girl

Louisa M. Alcott. 110
32. My Mother's Hands

113
33. The Discontented Pendulum

Jane Taylor. 114
34. The Death of the Flowers

Bryant. 117
35. The Thunder-storm

Irving. 119
36. April Day

Mrs. C. A. Southey. 121
37. The Tea-rose

Herriets stova23
38. The Cataract of Lodore

Southey. 128
39. The Bobolink

Irving. 132
40. Robert of Lincoln

Bryant. 135
41. Rebellion in Massachusetts State-prison J. T. Buckingham. 138
42. Faithless Nelly Gray

Hood. 143
43. The Generous Russian Peasant

Nikolai Karamzin. 146
44. Forty Years Ago

148
45. Mrs. Caudle's Lecture

Douglas Jerrold. 151
46. The Village Blacksmith

Longfellow. 154
47. The Relief of Lucknow

“London Times." 156
48. The Snow-storm

Thomson. 159
49. Behind Time

161
50. The Old Sampler

Mrs. M. E. Sangster. 163
51. The Goodness of God

Bible. 167
52. My Mother .

170
53. The Hour of Prayer

Mrs. F. D. Hemans. 171
54. The Will

172
55. The Nose and the Eyes

Cowper. 176
56. An Iceberg.

L. L. Noble. 177
57. About Quail

W. P. Hawes. 180
58. The Blue and the Gray

F. M. Finch. 183
59. The Machinist's Return

Washington Capital.” 185
60. Make Way for Liberty

James Montgomery. 189
61. The English Sky-lark

Elihu Burritt. 193
62. How Sleep the Brave

William Collins. 195
63. The Rainbow

John Keble. 195

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AUTHOR. PAGE
64. Supposed Speech of John Adams

Daniel Webster. 196
65. The Rising

T. B. Read. 200
66. Control your Temper

Dr. John Todd. 204
67. William Tell

Sheridan Knowles. 207
68. William Tell

Sheridan Knowles. 216
69. The Crazy Engineer .

221
70. The Heritage

Lowell. 228
71. No Excellence without Labor.

William Wirt. 230
72. The Old House-clock

232
73. The Examination

D. P. Thompson. 234
74. The Isle of Long Ago

B. F. Taylor. 239
75. The Boston Massacre

Bancroft. 241
76. Death of the Beautiful

Mrs. E. L. Follen. 245
77. Snow Falling

J. J. Piatt. 246
78. Squeers's Method

Dickens. 247
79. The Gift of Empty Hands

Mrs. S. M. B. Piatt. 252
80. Capturing the Wild Horse

Irving. 253
A. dihagiand Reaping .

Adelaide Anne Procter. 258
82. Taking Comfort .

Whittier. 259
83. Calling the Roll

Shepherd. 262
84. Turtle Soup

C. F. Briggs. 263
85. The Best Kind of Revenge

266
86. The Soldier of the Rhine

Mrs. C. E. S. Norton. 269
87. The Winged Worshipers

Charles Sprague. 271
88. The Peevish Wife

Maria Edgeworth. 273
89. The Rainy Day

Longfellow. 276
90. Break, Break, Break

Tennyson. 277
91. Transportation and Planting of Seeds H. D. Thoreau. 278
92. Spring Again

Mrs. Celia Thaxter. 282
93. Religion the only Basis of Society William E. Channing. 284
94. Rock Me to Sleep

Mrs. E. A. Allen. 286
95. Man and the Inferior Animals

Jane Taylor. 288
96. The Blind Men and the Elephant

J. G. Saxe. 290
97. A Home Scene .

D. G. Mitchell. 292
98. The Light of Other Days

Moore. 295
99. A Chase in the English Channel

Cooper. 296
100. Burial of Sir John Moore

Charles Wolfe. 301
101. Little Victories .

Harriet Martineau. 302
102. The Character of a Happy Life

Sir Henry Wotton. 308
103. The Art of Discouragement

Arthur Helps. 309
104. The Mariner's Dream

William Dimond. 312
105. The Passenger Pigeon

Audubon. 315
106. The Country Life

R. H. Stoddard. 319
107. The Virginians

Thackeray. 321

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INTRODUCTION.

I. PRELIMINARY REMARKS.

The great object to be accomplished in reading as a rhetorical exercise is to convey to the hearer, fully and clearly, the ideas and feelings of the writer.

In order to do this, it is necessary that a selection should be carefully studied by the pupil before he attempts to read it. In accordance with this view, a preliminary rule of importance is the following:

RULE I.—Before attempting to read a lesson, the learner should inake himself fully acquainted with the subject as treated of in that lesson, and endeavor to make the thought, and feeling, and sentiments of the writer his own.

REMARK.-When he has thus identified himself with the author, he has the substance of all rules in his own mind. It is by going to nature that we find rules. The child or the savage orator never mistakes in inflection, or emphasis, or modulation. The best speakers and readers are those who follow the impulse of nature or most closely imitate it as observed in others.

II. ARTICULATION.

Articulation is the utterance of the elementary sounds of a language, and of their combinations.

An Elementary Sound is a simple, distinct sound, made by the organs of speech.

The Elementary Sounds of the English language are divided into Vocals, Subvocals, and Aspirates.

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