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With other Facilities for their Pronunciation, agreeably to
- To which 1s AD DED
A SELECTION of some of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL.)
ART OF READING WITH PROPRIETY;
And, at the same Time, to inculcate Principles of:
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EMPHATIC WORDS IN EVERY SENTENCE,.
Intended as a Sequel to the Spelling-Book; and an Intro-
BY JOHN ROBINSON, -
sold BY THE Aur hor, No. 30, ARUNDEl-strzET; ;
*** li----§ PRIEFACEs. In ories i. render this little mamual as useful as pos. sible, the Author has compressed a greater body of Sripture morality within its pages, than he has met with in any book of the same size: it is conveyed, too, in language particularly calculated to instruct learners in the: important art of reading. From these two circumstances, it is not unreasonable to hope, that his object of giving a proper bias to the morals of youth, at the same time that he is laying a safe foundation for literary. pursuits, may be promoted. The practice of printing emphatic words in Italics, is: not new. Burgh’s “Art of Reading” is executed in that manner; and is an honourable testimony of his great abilities. In class-books for schools, however, it is a nov-. eity; which, nevertheless, the Author hopes may be: received with as much indulgence as his former attempts, to facilitate the means of acquiring the principles of Eng-lish literature have been, both by the critics and the: public. He, by he means, however; considers this performance invulnerable: though, perhaps, should the critical reader question or condemn much of the execution, he might, in many instances, be tempted to draw consolation from the reflection that, even great men oftentimes differ on the subject of reading. It is said, but the - Auther does not vouch for the fact, that Dr. Johnson: once pettishly accused Mr. Garrick of frequently mistaking the emphatical word of a sentence: “give mean, example,” said Garrick: “I cannot recollect one,” replied Johnson, “but repeat the seventh command-. ment.”—Garrick repeated it;-“thou shalf not commit adultery.” “You are wrong,” said Johnson; “it is a negative precept, and ought to be pronounced"-" thou
shalt not commit adultery.” Now the Author considers both these readings to be wrong; an antithesis or some other word opposed to, or preceding, the emphatic word, being evidently implied; which antithesis, in this divine legislation, could not exist. If we suppose a dispute between two persons, and that the one said to the other “ I will commit adultery;” then the other might reply with propriety, “ thou shalt not commit adultery;” or, “thou shalt not commit adultery.” But this sentence is a law, forbidding the commission of a particular crime, and prescribed by the Almighty for the observance of his people: the name of the crime, therefore, forms the most prominent feature of the sentence; hence it is necessary to dispose of the emphasis in this manner, “thou shalt not commit adultery.”
The inflexions of the voice do not, fall within the
power of the typographic art.
The Scripture Proper. Names have not yet been published in any book of less value than five shillings. The
Author has long lamented the want of them in a class-
book; because youth have no ready means of attaining: that facility of pronouncing them, so necessary to rendertheir scriptural readings tolerable. The following taske: contains near five hundred words more than Mr. Wal
ker's, which is the completest and best the Author has seen. None have ventured to prescribe positive rules.
for their pronunciation; but have been principally di-,
rected by the harmony of sound, as it affects the English
ear. In this particular alone the Author has followed them; and now commits his labours, with great deference, to a discriminating public.