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questions, it is not easy for the reader to go wrong, and it requires very little training to read out a question in a lively and intelligent way. In the case of assertions, which require the falling inflection, the great danger for the reader is that of falling into a sing-song, with a dull monotonous slide-down at the end. Nothing is more unpleasant than to hear sentence after sentence delivered in this way. The chief and almost the only corrective is to make the reader speak the sentence, without the book, and as if it were his own; and, if that is not sufficient, to make a sentence for him of the same build and character, but on a more familiar subject, and give him that to speak.
The following exercises have been constructed with the view of train. ing the pupil to an easy and natural delivery of another person's sense; and it is believed that, if the sentences in these exercises are fully mastered, the pupil will be able to read aloud sentences of the highest degree of complication in an easy, intelligent, and intelligible manner. The clearest possible articulation must be demanded from the pupil; the pauses must be attended to; and the sentences must be spoken well out. At first, even a pompous utterance and ceremoni. ous style, provided always it be clear and distinct, may be encouraged. This can very soon be toned down, and will of itself disappear, as the interest of the pupil grows in the meaning and in the feeling of what he reads. No one manner must be allowed to predominate, lest it grow into a mannerism.
As nine-tenths of all statements are of this character, copious exercises have been given. The chief qualities to be required in the reading are (1) clear articulation, (2) right emphasis, and (3) proper pauses. The reading of each statement may be prefaced by three questions :
(a) Is there any emphatic word in this sentence and if so, what is it?
(6) Is this sentence prose or verse ?
Most of the sentences given are in verse; if a child can read verse rightly and feelingly, almost any prose whatever will be easy to him. 1. Füll knee deep
lies the winter snow. 2. They built them a nest in the topmost bough. 3. Come, dear children, come away down. 4. The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around.1 5.
like night, from land to land.? 6. The dew was falling fast, the stars began to blink. 7. Her eyes are wild, her head is bare. 8. So all day long the noise of battle rolled
Among the mountains by the wintry sea.” 9. The sun begins to show his glorious head. 10. Now day is done, and night is nighing fast.
11. Yet tears to human suffering are due.?
The voice of praise at early morn. 17. The ancient spirit is not dead. 18. The sun in heaven was shining gay, All things
were joyful on that day.5 19. All good men praised him.6 20. This Tarquin was a great and mighty king? 21. Myself, well mounted, hardly have escaped. 22. None of these things moved him. 23. And he drank of the cup and died.8 24. And King Offa reigned thirty-nine winters. 25. We'll lay before this town our bones. 26.
bees in little cells repose.
(6) Joy sparkled in the prancing courser's eyes.
What he hath won, that hath he fortified.
32. Amber, science declares,10 is a kind of petrified resin, distilled by pines that were dead before the days of Adam ; which is now thrown up, in stormy weather, on that remote coast.
33. A tight house, warm apparel, and wholesome food, are sufficient motives to labour. 11
34. The end of government is the good of mankind.
35. That he had resolved to take command of the army in Ireland was soon rumoured all over London.
36. Arise, go forth, and conquer as of old.
Had held 12 the field of battle was the king.
38. I heard the ripple washing in the reeds,
And the wild water lapping on the crag. 39. A doubtful throne is ice on summer seas." 40. And his words fell soft upon the ear as snow upon
the ground. 41. And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
in stones, and good in everything. 42. Why, let the stricken deer go weep,
The hart ungallëd
Thus runs the world away.
No towers along the steep;
Her home is on the deep. 45.
The night winds sigh, the breakers roar,
And shrieks the wild sea-mew. 46. They could take their rest, for they knew Lord Stratford watched. “Him they feared, him they trusted, him they obeyed. 47.
Alone, alone, all all alone,
Alone on a wide wide sea!
My soul in agony.7
Far sunken from the healthy breath of morn,
Sat grey-haired Saturn, quiet as a stone.8 48a. Full of spirit, and high in hope, we set out on the journey of life.
49. The habit of examining our own conduct as accurately as that of another, and judging of it with the same impartiality, cannot be acquired without a degree of patient attention, not greater indeed than the object deserves, but greater than the generality of men are willing to bestow.
50. The wages of sin is death.9
And deeds of week-day holiness
52. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were, in the eye.-Milton. 53. The gloomiest day hath gleams of light;
The darkest wave hath white foam near it;
Some solitary star, to cheer it.
The ship was as still as she could be,
Her keel was steady in the ocean.
To hear the merry dashing of the oar,
The rough green way to glory and sweet peace." 56. The mill wheel's frozen in the stream,
The church is decked with holly,
To fright away melancholy;
Younkers skate on the pool below,
And hark, how the cold winds blow !
No year-long night, but rather shall we find
Spice-trees set waving by the western wind.5 58. We have often thought that the public mind in this country resembles the motion of the sea when the tide is rising. Each successive wave rushes forward, breaks, and rolls back; but the great flood
is steadily coming on.
Much given away, which it were sweet to keep.
And yet, I know the Shepherd loves His sheep.? 60. To be resigned when ills betide,
Patient when favours are denied,
And pleased with favours given-