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THE

ACADEMICAL SPEAKER:

A SELECTION

OF

EXTRACTS IN PROSE AND VERSE,

PROM

ANCIENT AND MODERN AUTHORS.

ADAPTED FOR

EXERCISES IN: ELOCUTIO:N.

BY B. D. EMERSON.

NEW EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED.

BOSTON:
RICHARDSON, LORD, AND HOLBROOK,

133 Washington Street.

THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

4. 7009

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TIDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1909

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT:

District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the first day of November, A. D. 1830, in the fiftyfifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Melvin Lord and John C. Holbrook, of the said district, have deposited in this Office the title of a Book, the right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to wit :

"The Academical Speaker: a Selection of Extracts, in Prose and Verse, from ancient and modern Authors; adapted for Exercises in Elocution. By B. D. Emerson.

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, 'An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of sach copies during the times therein mentioned;' and also to anact,

entitled Ar dot suplementary to an act, entitled . an act for the encouragement of learning by. securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and ptoprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical aid sher prints.?

JNO W. DAVIS,
Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

STEREOTYPED BY LYMAN THURSTON AND CO.

BOSTON

PREFACE.

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In forming the following compilation, the object has been, to furnish a copious collection of pieces of suitable character for exercises in declamation, and, at the same time, of convenient brevity for that purpose.—In doing which, it has been necessary to enter a wide field of research, but to gather with a sparing, hand; for, short specimens of eloquence, which would .not subject the speaker to the appearance of abruptness, art by no means abundant.

We well know how great is the influence of school exercises in the formation of young minds; and, perhaps, in no department of education does that influence operate with more force, than through the medium of exercises for recitation. The youthful speaker (if he feel at all) must feel like, and, for the time at least, become the character he attempts to personate.--In this view of their importance, each extract has been the subject of inquiries like the following:-Has the piece force and spirit? Is its moral tendency unquestionable? Does it

convey a complete sense, intelligible to an audience without the

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