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THESE are simply a number of level affirmative statements strung together; and all that is necessary in reading them is clear articulation and sensible pauses. Care should, at the same time, be taken not to let the voice degenerate into sing-song, nor to commit the opposite fault of jerkiness, nor to read off the roll of statements like an ordinary list. None of these faults will be committed, if the reader has the proper feeling with regard to the passage he is reading. This feeling can be best created by the teacher, by means of well-put questions on each passage.
No foot Fitz-James in stirrup staid,"
Of subtle fire; the wind blows cold
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER.
ROBERT BLOOMFIELD. He the gay garden round about doth ily,
From bed to bed, from one to other border, And takes survey, with curious busy, eye,
Of every flower and herb there set in order : Now this, now that, he tasteth tenderly,
Yet none of them he rudely doth disorder, Nor with his feet their silken leaves deface,
But feeds upon the pleasures of each place. 1. These lines must be read with speed, but also with distinct articulation. There are no pauses necessary, except those indicated by the points; and this is a thing very rarely found in any six lines of verse. 2. That is, dug his spur into his sides. (To p. 59.)
1. Erst, before. 2. The frequent showers and evening dews show that it is time to begin ploughing. 3.° The accent is on the last syllable--survéy-in accordance with the older usage.
THESE are generally long sentences, in which the chief or most im. portant statement is kept till the very end. They are very difficult to read, and require long and steady practice. The purpose of them is to keep back for as long as possible the object or notion which the writer wishes to impress upon the reader, and then to reveal it with a certain suddenness. This effect, then, the reader must try to produce; he must read the earlier parts of a sentence in a clear and distinct, but level utterance, and then, when he comes to the close, impress the main idea upon his listeners by a very slow, full, and solemn style of speaking.
Leaves have their time to fall,
And stars to set—but all
Near yonder copse, where once the garden smiled,
Many are the shapes
are the ways that lead
Those gentle hours that plenty bade to bloom,
And rural mirth and manners are no
No drum-beat from the wall,
Awaken with their call !
must sail so soon;
That shortly blows us into worlds unknown.
A SHIP LEAVING THE HARBOUR.
9. Where lies the land to which yon ship must go ?
Fresh as a lark mounting at break of day,
Festivelyo she puts forth in trim array:
She cares for: let her travel where she may,
She finds familiar names, a beaten way
THE UNIVERSAL LEVELLER.
Fate! fortune! chance ! 10 whose blindness,
Hostility, or kindness,
Contrasting poor and wealthy,
The blessed, the cursed, the witless, and the wise,
Ye have a master-one
With gloomy splendour red;
The morning beams were shed,
And all the steep slope down,
Mine own romantic 4 town!
THE SOLITARY SAILOR.