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OR, A

SELECTION OF PIECES,

IN

PROSE AND VEKSE,

FOR THE

IMPROVEMENT OF YOUTH

IN

READING AND SPEAKING,

AS WELL AS FOR THE

PERUSAL OF PERSONS OF TASTE.

WITH AN

APPENDIX,
CONTAINING CONCISE LESSONS ON A NEW PLAN,

AND

PRINCIPLES OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR,

BY WILLIAM SCOTT.

TO WHICH ARE PREFIXET,
ELEMENTS OF GESTURE,
Illustrated by FOUR PLATES; and Rules for expressing, with

propriety, the various Passions, &c. of the Mind,

FIFTH HARTFORD EDITION.

..Resistless Eloquence
Wielded at will the fierce Democracy,
Shook th' Arsenal, and fulmin'd over Greece
To Macedon, and Artaxerxes' Throne-MÍLTON.

HARTFORD:

PRINTED AND SOLD BY PETER B. GLEASON AND CO.

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this country. A. laudable ambition of instructing youth, in the pronunciation and delivery of their native language, has made English speeches a very conspicuous part of those exhibitions of oratory, which do our seminaries of learning so much credit.

This attention to English pronunciation, has induced several ingenious men to compile exercises in elocution, for the use of schools, which have answered very useful purposes : But none, so far as I have seen, have attempted to give us a regular system of gesture, suited to the wants and capacities of school-boys. Mr. Burgh, in his Art of Speaking, has given us a system of the passions; and has shown us how they appear in the countenance, and operate on the body ; but this system, however useful to people of riper years, is too delicate and complicated to be taught in schools. Indeed the exact adaptation of the action to the word, and the word to the action, as Shakespeare calls it, is the most difficult part of delivery, and, therefore, can never be taught perfectly to children ; to say nothing of distracting their attention with two very difficult things at the same time. But that boys should stand motionless, while they are pronouncing the most impassioned language, is extremely absurd and unnatural; and that they should sprawl into an awkward, ungain, and desultory action, is still more offensive and disgusting. What then remains, but that such a general style of action be adopted, as shall be easily conceived, and easil!

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