Principles of Elocution: Containing Numerous Rules, Observations, and Exercises on Pronunciation, Pauses, Inflections, Accent and Emphasis, Also Copious Extracts in Prose and Poetry

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Oliver & Boyd, 1832

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Contents

Rules for Rhetorical Pauses
61
Loudhons Attack
86
The Hill of Science
92
Westminster Abbey
100
On Public Preaching
108
The Funeral of Mr Betterton
114
Youth and Old Age
120
Remarks on some of the best Poets
127
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135
Hard Words defended
139
The Difficulty of conquering Habit
142
On Cruelty to inferior Animals
143
Effects of Sympathy in the Distresses of Others
144
On the Love of Life
146
On the Dignity of Human Nature
147
Fame a commendable Passion
148
The present Life to be considered only as it may conduce to the Happiness of a future one
149
Luxury and Avarice
152
The Impudent and the Absurd
154
On Grieving for the Dead
156
On Remorse
157
On the increased Love of Life with Age
158
Asem An Eastern Tale
160
On the English Clergy and Popular Preachers
162
On Universal Benevolence
164
On the Advantages of a wellcultivated Mind
167
On the Formation of Language
170
On the Sublime in Writing
173
HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL EXTRACTS 1 Our natural Fondness for History and its true Use
177
On Biography
178
Character of Queen Elizabeth
179
Character of Mr Pitt
181
The Siege of Quebec and the Death of General Wolfe
183
The Character of Julius Cęsar
185
The Character of Cato
186
A Comparison of Cęsar with Cato
187
The Character of Mary Queen of Scots
188
PATHETIC EXTRACTS 1 Reyno and Alpin
190
On Military Glory 19
191
The Dead Ass
192
Maria Part I
194
Maria Part II
195
SPECIMENS OF PULPIT ELOQUENCE 1 True Pleasure defined
198
The Condition of the Wicked
199
On Charity
200
Religious Knowledge a Source of Consolation
201
On the Enlargement of our Intellectual Powers
203
On the Beauties of Nature
207
The Birth of the Saviour announced
208
The Truth frees us from the slavish Fear of Death
209
On the Hope of Immortality
211
The departed Spirits of the Just are Spectators of our Conduct on Earth
212
The Death of Christ
213
On Continuance in Welldoing
214
On the General Fast 1803
215
The Promises of Religion to the Young Page
217
On Autumn
218
SPECIMENS Of modern eloquence 1 Funeral Eulogium on Dr Franklin
220
General Wolfe to his Army
221
Speech of Mr Horace Walpole
222
Mr Pitts Reply
223
Lord Lytteltons Speech on the Repeal of the Act called the Jew Bill
224
Sir John St Aubins Speech for Repealing the Septennial Act
226
Sir Robert Walpoles Reply
228
Mr Pulteneys Speech on the Motion for Reducing the Army
230
Speech of Lord Chatham
233
Speech of the Earl of Chesterfield
236
SPECIMENS OF ANCIENT ELOQUENCE 1 The Speech of a Roman Officer to his Soldiers
241
Speech of Charidemus to Darius
242
The Scythian Ambassadors to Alexander
243
The Beginning of the First Philippic of Demosthenes
245
Hannibal to his Soldiers
248
Scipio to the Roman Army
250
POETRY Rules for Reading Verse
253
On Scanning
256
The Patriot
257
The Soldiers Dream
258
The Female Exile
259
The Battle of Busaco 260
260
The Visions of Fancy
262
Confidence in God
263
Boadicea An Ode
264
Hope the Friend of the Brave
265
The Moral Change anticipated by Hope
266
The Anticipations of Hope
268
The Influence of Hope at the Close of Life
269
On the Effects of Time and Change
270
Part of a Poem on the Fear of God
279
The last Speech of Cyrus
280
A Ladys Salutation to her Garden in the Country
281
Davids Trust in God
282
The Benedicite Paraphrased
285
The Day of Judgment
286
The Two Owls and the Sparrow
287
Courage in Poverty
288
Epilogue by Mr Garrick
290
Awful Description of the Deities engaged in Combat
291
Harmony of Expression
292
On Man
293
Universal Order
295
SelfKnowledge
296
On the Plain of Marathon
297
On the Present State of Athens
298
The Lyre
300
The Battle of Vittoria
302
The Aspect of Greece
303
The Turkish Lady
304
A Ship Sinking
305
Battle of the Baltic
306
The Fate of Macgregor
308
RHETORICAL PAUSES
311
From the Field of Waterloo
319
BLANK VERSE 1 Against Suicide
321
Various Modes of Punishment
322
The Ideas of the Divine Mind c
323
On Slavery
324
That Philosophy which stops at Secondary Causes reproved
325
The Good Preacher and the Clerical Coxcomb
326
Cardinal Wolseys Speech to Cromwell
327
Character of Teribazus
328
A Seatonian Prize Poem
329
On the Importance of Time to Man
331
On Death
332
On the Being of a God
333
On the Wonders of Redemption
334
Lochiels Warning
336
Coriolanus and Aufidius
343
Lady Randolph and Douglas
345
Albertos Exculpation
347
Alfred and Devon
350
The Quarrel of Brutus and Cassius
351
Orestes delivering his Embassy to Pyrrhus
354
Glenalvon and Norval
356
Hector and Andromache
359
Catos Senate
360
Speech of Henry V at the Siege of Harfleur
363
Marcelluss Speech to the Mob
364
Richmond encouraging his Soldiers
365
Henry V s Speech at Agincourt
366
Speech of Edward the Black Prince
367
How Douglas learned the Art of War
368
Othellos Apology
369
Cassius against Cęsar
370
Alfreds Address to the Saxon Troops
372
Leonidas offering to defend the Pass of Thermopylę
373
Oration in Praise of Coriolanus
374
The Old English Lion
375
The Passions
376
Alexanders Feast
378
Speech of Rolla
382
Osmonds Dream
383
Hamlets Advice to the Players
385
Lady Randolphs Soliloquy
386
Catos Soliloquy on the Immortality of the Soul
387
Hamlets Soliloquy on Death
388
Macbeths Soliloquy before Murdering Duncan
389
COMIC EXTRACTS 1 Prologue to the Farce of the Apprentice
390
Contest between the Nose and the Eyes
391
Lodgings for Single Gentlemen
392
Toby Tosspot
393
The Chameleon
394
The Newcastle Apothecary
396
THE PASSIONS 1 Cheerfulness
399
Raillery
400
Love
401
Pity
402
Anger
403
Revenge
404
Sorrow
405
Remorse
406
Surprise
407
Pride
408
Perplexity
409
Malice
410

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