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THE

BOOK OF RECITATIONS;

A COLLECTION OF PASSAGES FROM THE WORKS

OF THE BEST POETS AND DRAMATISTS.

Adapted for Recitation.

BY

CHARLES WILLIAM SMITH,

PROFESSOR OF ELOCUTION; AUTHOR OF "HINTS ON ELOCUTION," ETC.

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"A proof of the importance of delivery may be drawn from the additional force which the actors give to what is written by the best poets, so that what we hear pronounced by them gives infinitely more pleasure, than when we only read it. I think I may affirm, that a very indifferent speech, well set off by the speaker, will have a greater effect than the best, if destitute of that advantage."—QUINTILIAN.

LONDON:

Printed by G. BARCLAY, Castle St. Leicester Sq.

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