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TO THE

A MERICAN

COMMON-SCH 0.0 L READER

AND SPEAKER;

COMPRISING

SELECTIONS IN PROSE AND VERSE:

WITH ELEMENTARY RULES AND EXERCISES

IN PRONUNCIATION.

BY

WILLIAM RUSSELL AND JOHN GOLDSBURY,

AUTHORS OF THE ABOVE-MENTIONED READER.

Twenty-third Thousand.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY CHARLES TAPPAN

114 WASHINGTON STREET.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845,

BY WILLIAM RUSSELL,
In the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

Published by Charles Tappan, 114 Washington street, Boston. THE AMERICAN COMMON-SCHOOL READER AND SPEAKER:

A Selection of Pieces in Prose and Verse, with Rules for Reading and Speaking. By John Goldsbury, A. M., Compiler of the CommonSchool Grammar' and 'Sequel;' and William Russell, Author of 'Lessons in Enunciation, The American Elocutionist,' &c., Teacher of Elocution in the Theological Seminary, and Phillips and Abbot Academies, Andover, Massachusetts.

The design of this work is, to furnish a textbook for the systematic teaching of Reading and Declamation. Of the reading books heretofore in general use, some, though possessed of high literary merit, afford no aid to instruction in elocution; while others offer but a few desultory remarks, and disconnected rules, which do not insure either an adequate knowledge of principles, or a regular progress in the art of reading.

The selection presented in the Reader, embodies the most eloquent and impressive passages of American and English authors, particularly in the departments of oratory and poetry, as best adapted to the exercise of reading in advanced classes.

The preparation of the exercises contained in this volume has been regulated, in the application of the rules of elocution, by a regard to the im. portance of placing before the reader but one principle or rule, at a time, of presenting it clearly, and of repeating it with sufficient frequency, to fix it firmly on the mind. The notation by which the management of the voice is indicated, is restricted, principally, to one subject in each piece, until suf. ficient progress has been made, to embrace the whole system of practical elocution ; but the suggestive marking extends to such a number of pieces only, as seemed requisite to impress all the important rules of good reading on the memory. The farther application of principles, is left as an exercise of judgment for the pupil, under the guidance of the teacher.

The Reader and the Introduction, together with the Elementary Series which precedes them, will, it is thought, supply a want long felt in general education, as regards the means of REGULAR AND SYSTEMATIC INSTRUCTION, FROM THE ELEMENTS UPWARD, IN THE DEPARTMENT OF READING.

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PREFACE........

RUDIMENTS OF ELOCUTION,- ORTHOËPY......

ARTICULATION ......

Exercises in Articulation ..................

Exercises in Enunciation ....................

16

Exercises in Pronunciation ..............

22

Common Errors Exemplified.......

RULES FOR THE GENERAL STYLE OF READING.

The Scriptures...........

29

Poetry .......

Specimens of Indian Eloquence

Animated Narratives.....

Repeated Words .....

Didactic Composition ...

Pieces composed in Varied Style ................

Pathetic Pieces.......

.................. 90

Vivid Description .... ...................... ......... 102

Funeral Pieces ......

.......................... 111

Familiar Narratives.............

........ 115

Serious and Impressive Narratives ......

........ 123

Scientific Descriptions ...

.... 133

Empassioned Exclamations..........

... 153

Hymns..............

.... 155

Series of Words and Clauses........

... 171

Poetic Declamation....

.... 180

Humorous. Descriptions ....... ............................ 218

218

Devotional Blank Verse. ...

233

Devotional Lyrics .....

........................ 262

Maxims, Mottoes, and Titles................

274

Familiar Poetry .......

286

MISCELLANEOUS PIECES.

Exercise.

1 The Blind Man Restored to Sight ............ Gospel of John 25

2 The Raising of Lazarus from the Dead ................ Ibid. 27

3 My Bible ........

........ H. J. Woodman.* 30

4 The Moral of the Rhine....................... Krummacher 31
5 The Widow's Son.....

......... Mrs. Sigourney 32
* American authors are designated by Italic letters. ·

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