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The present volume is not intended as a treatise on the Art of Elocution. It is offered to the reader as a compilation of prose and poetry worthy of elocutionary study. The selections have been culled from a wide and varied field, and almost every variety of literary composition has been included—from the lightest character sketch to the sublimest poem. The majority of the pieces are suitable for platform delivery; and I venture to think the collection will be found useful as a reading book in colleges and schools as well as in Elocution Classes.
My thanks are due to Messrs. Chatto & Windus, Messrs. Smith, Elder & Co., Messrs. Macmillan & Co., Ltd., Messrs. Trübner & Co., Mr. Jerome K, Jerome, Mr. S. F. Turner, Mr. R. Blatchford, and other publishers and authors who have granted me permission to reprint selections from copyright works. Should any copyright matter have been inserted without permission, I most heartily apologize to the holders and assure them that the trespass has not been wittingly committed.
September 1st, 1908.
Henry the Fourth, Part I., Act II., scene 4
Henry the Fifth before the Battle of Agincourt
The Speech of Belial (Paradise Lost, Book II.)
Ride of Paul Revere, The,
Singing Leaves, The Lowell 147
E Nesbit 123
Story of the Faithful Soul, The,
Bivouac Fire, The S. K. Cowan 196
Feast of Belshazzar, The
S. Rogers 153 How they Brought the Good News
Leper, The . Nathaniel P. Willis 171 Sanılalphon
Longfel ow 202
Bayaril Taylor 186
Alex. Anderson 158 Song for Stout Workers, A,
J. S. Blackie 204
Towing Incidents Jerome K.Jerome 317
Art of Proposing, The . Dickens 334
Artless Prattle of Childhood, The
Devastation of Oude, The,
R. B. Sheridan 382
Speech on the outbreak of Hostili.
Discussion at the Rainbow,” A,
ties with China W. E. Gladstone 381
Georje Eliot 321
Wonders of Creation, The,
Fishy Story, A Jeroine K. Jerome 372
Dr. 7. Chalmers 380