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Sara's Standard Series of Speakers--No. 2.
PIECES FOR DECLAMATION
SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, ETC.
INTRODUCTORY, OR SUPPLEMENTARY, TO THE STANDARD SPEAKER.
AUTHOR OF "THE STANDARD SPEAKER," THE STANDARD SERIES OF READERS,
Sargent's Standard Series of Sperkers.
THE STANDARD SPEAKER. Imperial 12mo. 558 pp.
THE PRIMARY STANDARD SPEAKER. For youngest pupils.
THE STANDARD FIFTH READER.
THE STANDARD FOURTH READER.
THE STANDARD THIRD READER.
THE STANDARD SECOND READER. Illustrated.
THE STANDARD FIRST READER.
To the above are now added
THE STANDARD SPELLER.
THE STANDARD PRIMER.
Teachers and committees who wish to have specimen copies of Sargent's Readers, &c., with a view to their introduction into schools, can procure them gratis, by sending stamps to prepay the postage. Postage on Fifth Reader, 24 cts., Fourth, 18 cts.; Third 15 cts.; Second, 12 cts.; First, 9 cts.; Speller, 12 cts.; Primer, 6 cts. Address
PHILLIPS, SAMPSON & CO., 13 WINTER ST., BOSTON.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, by EPES SARGENT, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the District of Massachusetts.
Publishers and compilers are informed that many of the pieces in this collection are subject to copyright.
ELECTROTYED BY HOBART ROBBINS, CONGREBS STREET, BOSTON.
THE success of The Standard Speaker having been such as to elicit from the public and the publisher a demand for a series of Speakers by the same author, and adapted to the different ages of pupils, the present volume has been prepared. It forms the second of a series of three; of which The Standard Speaker is the largest and most comprehensive, and The Primary Standard Speaker the smallest and most simple. Repetitions of pieces are, with a few unimportant exceptions, avoided in these books, so that they jointly present nearly all the approved gems of oratory, ancient and modern, and all the choicest lyrical and dramatic pieces in the English language, suitable for school delivery.
It will be seen that considerable original effort, in the way of translation, adaptation, and alteration, has been expended on this work. Teachers of elocution are well aware that many excellent pieces, which a slight change would make appropriate as exercises for the young, are rendered useless because of their length, because of their episodical passages, or because of certain objectionable expressions which they may con
tain. It is hoped that this general acknowledgment of the liberties that have been taken, where objections like these were to be removed, will be rightly received.
The introductory matter is much of it compiled from the best authorities, and no other merit is claimed for it than that of careful appropriation.
The translations from the Greek, Latin, and French, have, with two or three exceptions, been made expressly for this work.
The present volume will be found fuller in the department of dialogues, humorous pieces, &c., than The Standard Speaker; while the latter will be found very full, if not complete, in the department of Senatorial eloquence. Indeed, the number of great masterpieces, like those of Chatham, Patrick Henry, Webster, Grattan, Shiel, Mirabeau, &c., in this department, is limited, as every compiler must admit.
The debates in the present volume are a new feature, and will be found interesting exercises for school exhibitions.
In his selection of pieces, the compiler has had regard chiefly to their effective declamatory character. Many works passing under the name of Speakers might more properly be called Readers, because the pieces, though interesting, and having the attraction of novelty, are not suitable for an expressive and animated delivery from the Speaker's stage. It is believed that this objection is avoided in the Standard Series of Speakers.