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Entered. arcording to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, dy

MASON BROTHERS, the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York

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THE selection of pieces comprised in the following pages, has been prepared with particular reference to the class of institutions in which the compiler was occupied with the duties of instruction.

He has, therefore, studiously avoided all matter not applicable to the exercises in such establishments. His design has been to omit, as unsuitable for the practice of academic elocution, all pieces marked, in subject and style, by the extremes either of too juvenile a character, or those of formal, political declamation. The former always tend to cherish a feeble and puerile style of speaking: the latter produce a heavy and unnatural manner in youthful speakers..

The volume now offered, will, it is hoped, prove such as academic teachers and students may take up without having to encounter the unnecessary task of wading through a mass of inappropiate matter, before reaching any thing adapted to their use, but with the certainty of finding in it the materials which their peculiar circumstances require in the business of elocutionary training.

For the remarks on attitude and gesture as connected with exercises in recitation and declamation,

the compiler is happy to express his obligations to one • to whom he, in common with so many others, has been

indebted for personal instruction; and to the same source he would refer students and teachers for directions regarding the important subjects of vocal training, articulation, pronunciation, inflection, emphasis, pauses, expressive tones, and all the other details of elocution, connected with utterance. These are presented in a compendious form in Professor Russell's American. School Reader, and more extensively in his work entitled Orthophony, or Vocal Culture in Elocution.

W. P. E. CLAVERACK, October, 1856.

CONTENTS.

EIERCISE

PAOL

INTRODUCTOBY REMARKS ON DECLAMATION, .... 21

1. “Aspire,” .. ............ M. F. Tupper, 65

2. Aspirations of Youth, ..........J. Montgomery, 56

3. Excelsior! .... ... .... .... Longfellow, 67

4. Look Aloft, . ........... • J. Lawrence, jr., 58

5. Love of Home, ........... Daniel Webster, 59

6. Combat of Hiawatha and Mudjekoewis, ..... Longfellow, 69

7. The Cold-water Man, ........... J. G. Sasce, 61

8. Ocean, .................. Shea, 63

9. Fate of the “Royal George," . ......... Cowper, 65

10. The Sound of the Sean. ......... Mrs. Hemans, 66

11. Loss of the “ Arctic," .......... H. W. Beecher, 67

12. Home, .............. Bernard Barton, 69

13. 'ress On! .. ..... ... .... N. P. Willis, 70

14. Rhyme of the Rail, ... ... ..... J. G. Saxe, 71

15. The Hour of Death, .... .... Mrs. Hemans, 73

16. Death of Oriskan ........... Mrs. Sigourney, 74

17. Lord Ullin's Daughter, ........... Campbell, 75

18. The Evening Wind, ........... W. C. Bryant, 77

19. The World of Beauty Around Us, ...... Horace Mann, 78

20. The Vulture, ............. Anonymous, 79

21. The Pioneer, .............. Brainard, 80

22. The Bachelors' Sale, .......... Anonymous, 81

23. His Captors to Andrè, . . . . . . . . . . . . Miller, 82

24. Hiawatha's Wooing, . ...

.. Longfellow, 83

25. Saying, not Meaning, .......... W. B. Wake, 87

26. Annabel Lee, ......

... Edgar A. Poe, 88

27. Passing Away, . .. ..

... J. Pierpont, 89

28. The Comet, .... .........0. W. Holmes, 91

29. Bingen on the Rhine, .......... Mrs. Norton, 93

30. New England, ............ Anonymous, 95

31. True Greatness of our Country, . ........ Seward, 96

32. Casabianca, . ..... ...... Mrs. Hemans, 97

33. Love and Murder, ........... Anonymous, 98

34. Lochinvar, · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Scott, 100

35. Memory, ... ..... ... ... W. G. Clark, 101

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EXEROLBE

PAGD

36. Death of Hamilton, . ........... Dr. Nott, 102

37. The Winds, ............. W. C. Bryant, 104

38. Passing Away, ........... Miss Jewsbury, 105

39. The Duel, ................. Hood, 106

40. Overthrow of Belshazzar, ..

..... Proctor, 108

41. A Dirge for the Beautiful, ........ Anonymous, 109

42. The Pilgrim Fathers, ...........J. Pierpont, 110

43. Republics, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H. S. Legaré, ill

44. Song of Marion's men, ......... W. C. Bryant, 112

45. To the Eagle,. ....

... J. G. Percival, 114

46. The Exile, .. ... .... ..... Campbell, 116

47. Our Yankee Girls, ...

. 0. W. Holmes, 117

48. A Parental Ode, ...

.... Hood, 118

49. Katy-did, ..............0. W. Holmes, 119

50. The Trooper's Dirge, .......... Anonymous, 120

51. The Death of the Old Year, . ........ Tennyson, 121

52. Eliot and the Indian, .......... Anonymous, 123

53. Character of True Eloquence, ......... Webster, 125

54. The Bell of the Atlantic, . ...... Mrs. Sigourney, 126

55. Number One, . . .. . . ... ....... Hood, 127

56. Pæan for Independence, ........ Park Benjamin, 129

57. National Anniversary,. .......... A. H. Rice, 130

58. The Three Beats, .... .... .. . G. W. Patten, 132

69. Old Ironsides, ............ 0. W. Holmes, 132

60. Royal Ignorance, · · ·

••••••.Wolcot, 133

61. Indian Tradition of the Origin of Maize, ... . Longfellow, 135

62. The Briefless Barrister, ... ....... J. G. Saxe, 137

63. Douglas and Marmion, . . .. . . .. . .. . Scott, 138

64. Misadventures at Margate, ....... . R. H. Barham, 139

65. The Maid of the Inn, . ............ Southey, 143

66. Love of Country, and Home, ... ... .J. Montgomery, 146

67. Men who Never Die, ......... Edward Everett, 147

68. The American Flag, ............ Drake, 148

69. The American Eagle, ......... 0. W. Thompson, 150

70. The September Galo, .......... 0. W. Holmes, 152

71. A Psalm of Life, . . . . . .

.... Longfellow, 154

72. The Grave of the Beloved, ......... W. Irving, 155

73. The Gladiator, ............... Jones, 156

74. The Shipwreck, . ............. Wilson, 158

75. A Frenchman's Receipt for Ratsbane, .... Anonymous, 160

76. March of Del Carpio, ........... Lockhart, 162

77. Maclaine's Child, ............. Mackay, 163

78. Character of Chatham, .... ....... Grattan, 165

79. Vision of Belshazzar, ............ Byron, 167

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