Imágenes de páginas

1st. To prevent too frequent a recurrence of pauses; as,

Her lover sinks—she sheds no ill-timed tear;

Her chief is slain—she fills his fatal post;
Her fellows flee—she checks their base career;

The foe retires—she heads the rallying host.

[ocr errors]

2d. To produce a slighter disjunction than would be made by a pause; and thus at once to separate and

unite; as,

Would you kill your friend and benefactor? Would you practice hypocrisy and smile in his face, while your conspiracy is ripening?

3d. To break up the current of sound into small portions, which can be casily managed by the speaker, without the abruptness which would result from pausing wherever this relief was needed; and to give ease in speaking; as,

That lame man, by the field tent, is untainted with the crime of blood, and free from any stain of treason.


Whenever a preposition is followed by as many as three or four words which depend upon it, the word preceding the preposition will either have suspensive quantity, or else a pause; as,

He is the pride of the whole country.

Most of the rules given above, and especially those respecting the emphatic nominative and contrasted words, are illustrated by the following


may have

1. It matters very little what immediate spot been the birth-place of such a man as Washington. No people can claim no country

can appropriate him. The



boon Cot Providence to the human race y his fame y is eter: nity and his dwelling-place y creation.

2. Though it was the defeat y of our armsand the disgrace y of our policy 4 I almost bless the convulsion y in which he had his origin. If the heavens thundered and the carth rocked ym yet, when the storm passed, y how pure was the climate that it cleared on how bright ~ in the brow of the firmament - was the planet - which it revealed to us!

3. In the production of Washington, it does really appear as if nature was endeavoring to improve upon herself y and that all the virtues of the ancient world ~ were but so many studies preparatory to the patriot of the new. Individual instances y no doubt there were , splendid exemplifications of some single qualification. Cæsar ~ was merciful 74 Scipio y was continent yy Hannibal was patient. But y it was reserved for Washington to blend them all in one yy and like the lovely master-piece of the Grecian artist to exhibit y in one glow of associated beauty the pride of every model and the perfection of every master.

4. As a general y he marshaled the peasant y into a veteran and supplied by discipline the absence of experience. As a statesman my he enlarged the policy of the cabinet - into the most comprehensive system of general advantage. And such a was the wisdom of his views and the philosophy bis counsels yy that to the soldier m and the statesman he almost added y the character of the sage.

5. A conqueror , he was untainted with the crime of blood My a revolutionist he was free from any stain of treason for aggression commenced the contest and his country called him to the field. Liberty unsheathed his sword sity stained 74 victory y returned it.

6. If he had paused here - history might have doubted what station to assign him yn whether at the head of her citizens or her soldiers y her heroesjr her pātriots. But the last glorious act y crowns his career and banishes all

14 neces

nesitation. Who like Washington after having emanci-
pated a hemisphere y resigned its crown yn and preferred
the retirement of domestic life y to the adoration of a land
he might almost be said to have created ?
7. How shall we rank thee y upon glory's page,

Thou more than soldier and just less than sage !
All thou hast been y reflects less praise yon tbee,
Far less than all thou hast forborne to be.

OBSERVATION TO TEACHERS. In order to form finished readers, it will be necessary, after pupils have thoroughly mastered Part First, for them frequently to review the more important elements of elocution. In Part Second, they should be required to study each reading lesson, and learn the definitions and pronunciation of the words given at the bottom of the pages, before attempting to read. The judgment and taste of the pupils should constantly be called into exercise, by requiring them to determine what principle, or principles, of elocution, each reading lesson is best adapted to illustrate.



åge or āge, åt or åt, årt, áll, båre, åsk; wė or wē, end er ěnd, her; ice or īce, în or în; old or õld, ổn or on, dở; můte or mūte, ůp or ủp, füll; this; azure; reä!; agèd.







1. SPRING. There HE old chroniclers' made the year begin in the season of

frosts; and they have launched us upon the cũrient of the months, from the snowy banks of Jănuary. I love better to count time from spring to spring; it seems to me far more cheerful, to reckon the year by blossoms, than by blight.

2. Bernardin de St. Pierre, in his sweet story of Virginia, makes the bloom of the cocoa-tree, or the growth of the banana," a yearly and a loved monitors of the passage of her life. How cold and cheerless in the comparison, would be the icy chronology of the North ; So many years have I seen the lakes locked, and the foliage die!

3. The budding and blooming of spring, seem to belong prop erly to the opening of the months. It is the season of the quickest expansion, of the warmest blood, of the readiest growth; it is the boy-age of the year. The birds sing in chorus in the spring-just as children prattle; the brooks run full-like the overflow of young hearts; the showers drop easily—as young tears flow; and the whole sky is as capricious' as the mind o.

*Chrồn'i clers, historians. ---Củr' rent, a regular flow, or onward movement; progress.-- James H. Bernardin de St. Pierre, the celebrated author of “Paul and Virginia,'' lived between 1737 and 1813.---- Banår na, a tall West India plant, and its fruit, which is valued for food.--• Món' i tor, an adviser.—• Chro nol'o gy, the method of computing time, and ascertaining the dates of events.—' Ex pån' sion, spreading cut, like the opening of the leaves of a flower.

; a boy.

4. Between tears and smiles, the year, like the child, struggles into the warmth of life. The old year,—say what the chronologists will,—lingers upon the věry lap of spring; and is only fairly gone, when the blossoms of April have strewn their pall3 of glory upon his tomb, and the blue-birds have chanted his requiem.

5. It always seems to me as if an accèss of life came with the melting of the winter's snows; and as if every rootlet of grass that lifted its first green blade from the matted debrisø of the old year's decay, bore my spirit upon it, nearer to the largess? of Heaven.

6. I love to trace the break of spring, step by step : I love even those lõng rain-storms that sap the icy fortresses of the lingering winter,—that melt the snows upon the hills, and swell the mountain-brooks ;—that make the pools heave up their glassy cēre'mentså of ice, and hărry down the crashing fragments into the wastes of ocean. I love the gentle thaws that you can trace, day by day, by the stained snow-banks, shrinking from the grass ; and by the gentle drip of the cottage-eaves.

7. I love to search out the sunny slopes by a southern wall, where the reflected sun does double duty to the earth, and where the frail aněm'one, or the faint blush of the ar'bute,10 in the midst of the bleak March atmosphere, will touch your heart, like a hope of Heaven, in a field of graves! Later come those sõst, smoky days, when the patches of winter grain show green under the shelter of leafless woods, and the last snow-drifts, reduced to shrunken skeletons of ice, lie upon the slope of northern hills, leaking away their life.

8. Then, the grass at your door grows into the color of the




Capricious (ka prish' us), apt to change one's mind often and suddenly ; changeable.— Strewn (strồn), scattered. -- 3 Påll, a covering.-* Requiem (re' kwe em), a song for the dead. -- Access', increase.Debris (då bré'), ruins; fragments; pieces worn off. —’Lår' gess, bounty; free gift. -—8 Cère' ments, cloths dipped in wax, in which dead bodies were buried; coverings. -- A ném' o ne, the wind-flower.-0 Ar' bûte, the strawberry-tree, not the common strawberry._"Skėl' e tons, frames, or parts of a thing that support the rest; bones without flesh.

« AnteriorContinuar »