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

WILLIAM D. SWAN, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

STEREOTYPED AT THE
BOSTON TYPE AND STEREOTYPE FOUNDRY.

PREFACE.

This volume — the concluding one of the series — consists of selections for reading, in prose and verse, exercises in articulation, pauses, inflections of the voice, &c., with such rules and suggestions as are deemed useful to the learner. It is designed for the highest classes in Public and Private Schools.

The reading lessons, consisting of descriptive, narrative, dramatic, and didactic pieces, contain just moral sentiments, and present such varieties of style as are necessary to teach good reading. Some slight alterations have, in a few instances, been made, to adapt them to the design of the work.

The exercises in articulation are nearly similar to those contained in the compiler's series of Primary and Grammar School Readers. The importance of this branch of instruction is fully shown in those works. If proper attention be bestowed upon it at the earliest period of instruction, when the organs of speech are flexible and habits are easily formed, we shall hardly fail to lay the foundation of accurate and impressive reading.

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The rules and exercises are selected principally from Walker's Rhetorical Grammar. But few have been inserted, and such only as will be easily understood and reduced to practice by the learner. The pauses, inflections of the voice, and the proper emphasis to be used in reading, have not been designated by marks in the reading lessons. These must be left to the taste and judgment of the teacher. The best method for teaching children to use the proper inflections in reading, is to enable them to understand what they read. If they fail in this, all the rules and exercises in the world will avail them nothing.

To the Teachers of Public Schools throughout the United States this work is respectfully dedicated, by their fellow-laborer,

WILLIAM D. SWAN. Boston, August, 1845.

CONTENTS.

The names of American authors are printed in small capitals.

Lesson.

Page.

1. The Faculty of Speech.

ALEXANDER Young. 11

2. Thoughts on Conversation.

GEORGE S. HILLARD. 14

3. To a Robin...

.N. E. MAGAZINE. 18

4. Gems of Poetry.

20

5. On the Swiftness of Time.

Dr. Johnson. 23

6. On the Improvement of Time...

Bonhote. 25

7. Advantages of a Well-cultivated Mind.

Bigland. 27

8. Eternity of God.....

.F. W. P. GREENWOOD. 30

9. God.......

.... Bowring. 35

10. Feeling and Sentiment..

GEORGE S. HILLARD. 38

11. Same Subject, concluded.

......IBID. 41

12. Mount Auburn....

.JOSEPH STORY. 45

13. The Unknown Grave.

.... Moir. 49

14. Thanatopsis...

.W. C. BRYANT. 52

15. Autumn...

.N. E. MAGAZINE. 54

16. Morning in Spring..

.. GEORGE D. PRENTICE. 56

17. Voyage to Europe...

.... WASHINGTON IRVING. 58

18. Same Subject, concluded.

..... IBID. 63

19. North American Indians..

..Joseph STORY. 66

20. Pocahontas

GEORGE S. HILLARD. 69

21. Plea for the Red Man..

.. CHARLES SPRAGUE. 72

22. Ocean....

Byron. 76

23. Marco Bozzaris..

.F. G. HALLECK. 78

24. Battle of Waterloo.....

. Byron. 82

25. Lochiel's Warning:

Campbell. 84

26. On the Works and Attributes of the Almighty...... Moodie. 87

27. The Birth of the Savior announced...

.Ibid. 89

28. The Christian Sabbath....

ALEXANDER YOUNG. 91

29. The Sabbath..

Grahame. 94

30. The Sabbath Bell......

.N. E. MAGAZINE. 96

31. The Old Cumberland Beggar..

Wordsworth. 97

32. Same Subject, concluded..

.... Ibid. 99

33. A Prairie on Fire..

.GEORGE W. KENDALL. 103

34. Same Subject, concluded

Ibid. 107

35. A Visit to Rockall.....

Basil Hall. 110

36. Same Subject, concluded.

. Ibid. 114

37. The Shipwreck..

Wilson. 118

VING. 131

48. The Nile.....................DUOLIT UTVET suyuuguzi

Lesson.

Page.

38. The Isles of Greece.........

............. Byron. 120

39. The Puritans. ....... .................. Macaulay. 123

40. Importance of Knowledge to the Mechanic.G. B. EMERSON. 126

41. Effects of the Modern Diffusion of Knowledge... WAYLAND. 128

42. Life on the Prairies.................WASHINGTON IRVING. .

43. Sunrise on the Hills.......................LONGFELLOW. 135

44. The Spirit of Beauty ..........

.........DAWES. 137

45. The Frost........

.....H. F. Gould. 138

46. A Winter Morning......... ...ANDREWS NORTON. 139

47. Curiosity ...........

...CHARLES SPRAGUE. 141

........... Dublin University Magazine. 144

49. Description of Niagara..................Mrs. SIGOURNEY. 147

50. The Fall of Switzerland... .......... Sidney Smith. 151

51. Hymn before Sunrise in the Vale of Chamouni... Coleridge. 156

52. Hymn of Nature........

....W. B. O. PEABODY. 159

53. Passage down the Ohio...............James K. Paulding. 161

54. An Evening Reverie .......

........W. C. BRYANT. 162

55. Patrick Henry.......

.. ALEXANDER H. EVERETT. 164

56. Speech of Patrick Henry......

57. Free Institutions of Government, .........S. K. LOTHROP. 170

58. Our Country ..........

..DANIEL WEBSTER. 173

59. New England......

.....J. G. PERCIVAL. 175

60. The Village Blacksmith........ .......LONGFELLOW. 177

61. A Psalm of Life...........

........... IBID. 179

62. The Cataract and the Steamboat.......... Bernard Barton. 180

63. Advantages of a Cultivated Taste............... Akenside. 182

64. A Bee Hunt........ ......... WASHINGTON IRVING. 184

65. Thoughts on Autumn..

.......... Alison. 188

66. Thanksgiving.......

.... JOSEPH T. BUCKINGHAM. 190

67. On the Receipt of my Mother's Picture............ Cowper. 193

68. To the Past.........

....W. C. BRYANT. 197

69. Better Moments...................

........N. P. Willis. 199

70. Extracts from Messiah........

.... Pope. 202

71. A Water Party in Da

......Crabbe. 204

72. Gems of Poetry........

.... 207

73. On the Improvement in the Construction of School-

: Houses....

.......D. P. PAGE. 213

74. True Regard towards Animals ........... EDWARD JARVIS. 217

75. Industry necessary to form the Orator...HENRY WARE, JR. 219

76. Lament for Mary......

.......... Wolfe. 221

77. Seasons of Prayer.....

...HENRY WARE, JR. 223

78. The Hermit...

.. Beattie. 225

79. The Beadsman of Nithside..........

.. Burns. 227

80. Moss-Side ...................................... Wilson. 230

81. Same Subject, concluded.......

....................... Ibid. 235

82. Regard paid by the Orator and the Poet to the Perfec-

tion of Man.........

......EDWARDS PARK. 240

83. Extract from Paradise and the Peri.....

dise and the Peri.................Moore. 242

84. To the Ursa Major......

.... HENRY WARE, JR. 246

85. Prince Arthur - Hubert – Attendants......... Shakspeare. 252

86. Gesler and Tell........... ..................Knowles. 256

87. On the value of Time to Man.................... Young. 259

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