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TO THE

RIGHT HONOURABLE

AND RIGHT REVEREND

WILLIAM HOWLEY, D.D.

LORD BISHOP OF LONDON,

THIS HUMBLE ATTEMPT TO PROMOTE A JUDICIOUS

AND IMPRESSIVE MANNER OF READING

THE LITURGY,

IS,

WITH HIS CONDESCENDING PERMISSION,

MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,

BY HIS OBLIGED AND DUTIFUL SERVANT,

THE AUTHOR.

1

ANALYSIS OF THE PREFACE.

Page

vii

Indifferent reading of the Liturgy, a subject of
complaint
The defect often caused,

1.—by supposing that the task is easy
2.-that piety alone is requisite
3.-by fearing to be thought affected or hypo-

critical
4.-by the real difficulty, arising from the

repetition of fixed forms

viii ix

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ibid.

1

xii

Good reading an important clerical qualification,

1.- from its religious effects on the hearers
2.- from its tendency to counteract the pre-

valent disposition to undervalue the

Liturgy
3.- from its depriving adversaries of one

ground of attack
4.-from the increased attention paid to the

study of elocution
5.-from its affording a better chance of ob-

taining professional employment

xiii

xiv

XV

xvi

The degree of encouragement it has received in the Universities

It is becoming a new requisite in the episcopal examination for Orders

Object and plan of this work
Objections obviated

xvii xix xxii

Page

O

Notíce of particular defects in delivery:

1.-Rapidity
2.-Concluding sentences inaudibly
3.-The drawling manner
4.-The

pompous
5.-The unvaried
6.-The laboured

7.-The theatrical 18.–The self-complaçent

xxiv xxvi xxviii ibid. xxix xxxiy ibid.

XXXV

The advantages of delivering the Service from memory

How to discover our own defects in reading
A slavish adherence to rules not required

The utility of the Work, independent of the system of Inflections

Xxxvi Xxxvii xli

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