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ENTERED,
According to Act of Congress, in the year 1856,

BY JOHN E. LOVELL,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Connecticut.

Printed by
T. J. STAFFORD,

88 State STREET,
(Stafford Building.)

PREFACE.

WHEN the first three numbers of the PROGRESSIVE READERS were given to the public, now some seven or eight months since, it was intimated in the advertisements of the Publishers, that the present volume would be ready in a few weeks. Considerable matter had been collected and arranged, and it did appear that a short time only would be requisite to complete the entire work. But it was then designed to extend the series to four volumes only. The representations, however, of experienced teachers, at home and abroad, that a fifth volume would be necessary, induced the author to change his plan. Hence, much that had been already done, needed to be undone, and the delay consequent upon such a determination, could not be avoided by any means in his power. This explanation is made with a feeling that it is due to those Teachers and Committees, who have adopted the series, and to whom the protracted appearance of the Fourth Book may, to some degree, have been inconvedient. It is hoped, however, that it now comes to them with such claims

upon their approbation, as to be none the less acceptable. The lessons of this volume have been selected with the greatest care, both as to style and matter, and they will be found interesting, instructive, and elevating: every part of the work, indeed, has been adjusted with scrupulous desire to promote, in the best manner, the mental and moral interests of the young student.

A course of elocutionary exercises has been introduced into the body of the work, embracing the most important cases of Pause, Inflection, and Emphasis. The rules are brief and explicit; the examples numerous and interesting. The principles illustrated are, in the opinion of the writer, of the highest importance—they are founded in truth-and should be wrought, as it were, by early, frequent and persevering practice, into the very thought and feeling of the pupil. And let no teacher imagine that he lacks the ability to do this. It needs but zeal and determination ; let him yield his own heart and mind to the work, and his aim is accomplished. He will rejoice in the life, and naturalness of his pupils, and feel that his reward is quite equal to his labor.

Exceptional points, in the topics above referred to, will be treated in the next volume.

The Appendix comprises some fifteen hundred definitions, including explanations of classical allusions, peculiar phrases, and brief notices of authors and eminent or remarkable individuals and places. It cannot be extravagant to say that this Index, in the hands of the teacher, will be found a treasure of great value. There is also given a collection of Affixes and Prefixes, with exercises illustrative of their significancy and application, together with other items of educational interest.

This mark o attached to certain words or phrases in each lesson, denotes that they are to be found in the Index. They should not only be examined, but studied and thoroughly mastered, before passing to a new subject.

It can hardly be expected that such a work will come from the press, in a first edition, without some errors. It is hoped there are not many, and for such as do occur, the kind indulgence of its patrons is solicited. It will be immediately revised and corrected.

The author cherishes much hope that this book will be favorably received. He would be proud to have it said in the words of the eminent Secretary of Education, Dr. Sears, of Massachusetts, that

may be studied, not merely, nor chiefly, for learning to utter easily and correctly the words of a sentence, or for acquiring elocutionary skill, but for exercising the intellect, the judgment and the taste, and for storing the mind with the choicest knowledge."

J. E. L. NEW HAVEN, 1856.

P. S. The fifth volume, for which considerable matter has already been brought together, will comprehend, in some five hundred pages, a copious series of lessons in Literature, Science, Oratory, &c., together with an Introduction on Elocution, embracing a review of all that has been considered in portions, in the four previous volumes, and such other particulars as will make it complete.

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LESSON

PAGE

PROSE.

88. Filial Affection, M'CULLOCH, 174

LESSON

PAGE 89. Death of a century,

1. Scripture Instructions, BIBLE, 9

92. The Mother's Jewels, .

183

2. Productions of Hot Countries, 10 93. November,

4. Cruelty to Insects, PERCIVAL, 14

95. Tall Oaks and Little Acorns, 189

5. Force of Conscience, ABBOTT, 15

97. The Shield,

194

8. Application and Industry,

99. The Bible as a Book, PINNOCK, 198

DODSLEY, 20

100. December,

200

9. Productions of Cold Countries,

21 102. Logan the Mingo Chief, GOODRICH,205

11. Little Charley, FANNY FERN, 25 103. The Spaniels of St. Bernard,

12. Birds,

26

MENAGERIE, 207

13. Force of Example,

28

106. Putnam and the Wolf,

213

15. Washington and the Colt, WEEMS, 31 107. Voice of Nature,

216

16. The Boa,

33 109. Circulation of the Blood,

18. The Bible,

BICKERSTETH, 37 110. The Coral Insect,

19. The Zodiac,

89

UNIVERSAL REVIEW, 221

23. January,

46 113. The Avalanche,

KIRKE, 227

24. Gold,

49

114. Summer,

STURM, 229

26. Beauty of the Morning, HERVEY, 53

116. I Can,

İNTELLIGENCER, 233

29. February,

58 118. The Arab and his Horse,

30. Respect for Teachers, J.C.ABBOTT, 60

DR. STYLES,

237

32. Presence of Mind,

64 120, The Tower of London,

211

33. Theft of the Golden Eagle,

122. The Peacock,

245

M. CROSS, 66 123. Talleyrand and Arnold, . 247

86. March,

72 124. The Nightingale and other

37. The Whistle, FRANKLIN, 74 Birds,

BRANSBY, 250

39. Fitly Spoken Words, SIGOURNEY, 78 127. The Schoolfellows, W. IRVING, 256

41. Industry,

BARROW, 81 128. Geysers, or Hot Springs, in

43. The Chip Speaks, MRS. ELLIS, 85 Iceland,

259

45. April,

88 130. The Discontented Pendulum,

46. Future Life, J. C. ABBOTT, 91

JANE TAYLOR, 263

47. The Elephant, MENAGERIE, 93 132. The Spider,

267

50. Scripture Rules,

BIBLE, 98 134, Geometrical Lines and Forms,

51. May,

100

STELL, 271

53. The Early Remembrance of God, 186. Time and his Children, MAUD, 277

WOOD, 104

137. Shells,

280

54. The Picturesque Effect of Ruins,

138. Geometrical Lines and Forms,

BRANSBY, 106

STELL, 283

57. June,

111

142. The Horse,

290

60. The Old Eagle Tree, John TODD, 117 143. Sorrow for the Dead, W. IRVING, 293

61. “Press on," VANDENHOFF, 119 144, The Frenchman Studying

68. Difficult Combinations,

English,

295

64. Duties of Brothers and Sisters, 145. Geometrical Lines and Forms,

BELFRAGE, 124

STELL, 296

65. July,

126 148. Birds of the Crane Kind, 803

67. Dare to Do Right, J.C. ABBOTT, 130 150. End of the Year 1854,
68. Whang, the Miller, GOLDSMITH, 132

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J. F. BABCOCK, 307

TO. Difficult Combinations,

137 151. Geometrical Lines and Forms,

71. The Sultan and Mr. Haswell, 138

STELL, 311

72. August,

140 152. Forest Trees,

316

74. A Dollar for Good News, 144

156. The Pyramids of Egypt,

824

75. Stop a Moment, .

146 158. Educated Dogs,

829

78. The Aspect of the Ocean, 152 160. Names of the Days,

334

79. September,

154 163. The Spectre of the Brocken, 342

81. The Fiery Furnace, SCRIPTURES, 158 166. Swans,

349

82. Birds of the Poultry Kind,

167. The Hurricane,

852

85. Geo. Wilson, N. E. PURITAN, 168 170. Lovell Cottage, G. E. TOWNSEND, 360

86. October,

170 172 The Vision of Mirza, ADDISON, 369

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POETRY.
LESSON

PAGE
LESSON

PAGE

149. Procrastination-Time, YOUNG, 306

3. Truth and Honor,

12 153. Song of the Stars, BRYANT, 318

6. The Bucket, WOODWORTH, 16

155. A Song of the Railroad,

« The Streamlet, M. A. STODART, 17

C. T. WOLFE, 822

10. The Early Hour, Eliza Cook, 23

327

157. The Drunkard's Daughter,

17. To the Humble Bee, MRS.C. SMITH, 85

159. The Parrot,

CAMPBELL, 331

20. Song of the Mosquito,

41

Incident of the French Camp, 382

" The Grasshopper, LEIGH HUNT, 43

162. Home,

MONTGOMERY,

340

22. St. Philip Neri and the Youth,

164. The Chameleon, . MERRICK, 344

BYROM, 45 165. The Song of Steam, G.W.CUTLER, 346

25. Cat and Kittens, SIGOURNEY, 51

169. The Dying Christian to his Soul,

27. Wreck,

MRS. HEMANS, 54

POPE AND TOPLADY, 357

31. Cleon and I, C. MACKAY, 62

171. Stuart Holland, W.R.WALLACE, 365

" The Gipsy,

WOLLCOT, 63 173 The Dove,

J. F. SMITH, 375

84. The All-Seeing God, EDMESTON, 69

174. A Sabbath Morning, W.T.BACON, 378

38. Too Poor to Pay,

76

40. The Oak and the Reed, WRIGHT, 79 RHETORICAL PAUSE.
44. The Dilatory Scholar,

7. Nominative Case,

18

Mrs. GILMAN, 86

80

" The Way to be Happy, BYROM, 87

14. Relatives and Adverbs,

48. The Skies,

BRYANT, 95

21. Prepositions and Conjunctions, 43

52, Instinctive Genius and Diligence,

28. Adjectives and Adverbs invert-

56

HURDIS, 103

ed; Clauses transposed,

55. Song of the Owl, Mrs. HEWITT, 108

35. Parenthesis and Intervening

Clause,

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58. Prince Edward and his Keeper,

Miss BAILLIE, 113

42. Words in Apposition or in Op-

115

59. The American Eagle,

position,

83

49. Infinitive Mood and Nomina-

62. Father William, SOUTHEY, 120

tive Absolute, :

97

" The Great Grandfather, LAMB, 121

66. Elegy on Mrs. Mary Blaize,

56. Members of a Series, and Elipses, 109

0. GOLDSMITH,

128

" Death of a Blacksmith,

129

INFLECTION.

69. The Genius of Death, CROLY, 135

4 Blindness,

Miss LAMB, 186

76. Exercise on the Simple Inflec-

tions,

148

73. Whittling,

PIERPONT, 142

84. Affirmative and Negative sen-

77. Buttercups and Daisies,

tences,

166

ELIZA Cook, 150

91. Definite and Indefinite Questions

80, The Poor and the Rich,

and Answers,

180

J. R. LOWELL, 156

98. Exclamation,

196

83. The Cuckoo and the Swallow, 164

105. Intervening Clause and Paren-

“ Fairy Armor,

M. DRAYTON, 165

thesis,

211

87. Jaffar,

LEIGH HUNT,

90. AnIndian'sGratitude, M'LELLAN, 178

112. Nominative, and Nominative

Absolute,

225

94. Conversation,

COWPER, 188

96. Better Moments, Willis, 191

119. Concession and Tender Emo.

tion, .

289

101, Truth,

ELIZA COOK, 203

104, Two Mansions, F. W. Fish, 210

126. Pause of Suspension and Last

Pause but one,

254

108. Modestus,

218

111, Dead Mother,

PORTER, 223

133 Simple Commencing, and Simple

Concluding Series,

269

115, Soliloquy on Sleep, SHAKSPEARE, 231

h The Resurrection.. HURDIS, 32

140 Compound Commencing

117. The Fakenham Ghost,

Compound Concluding Series, 287

301

BLOOMFIELD, 234

147 The Language of Authority,

121. The Boy of Egremond, ROGERS, 243

125. The Ladder of St. Augustine,

EMPHASIS.

LONGFELLOW, 252

820

154 Explanatory Exercise,

253

“ Pupil and Tutor.

161 Emphasis of Sense, .

339

129. Youth and Philosopher,

WHITEHEAD, 261

168 Emphasis of Force, and the

Weak Emphasis,

355

131. John Littlejohn, C. MACKAY, 265

135. The Infant's Dream,

273

KEY TO THE SOUNDS OF THE LETTERS, 379

139. Robert of Lincoln, BRYANT, 284

POINTS AND STOPS,

380

141. Indian Names, SIGOURNEY, 288

EXPLANATORY INDEX,

882

146. The Old Clock on the Stairs,

LONGFELLOW, 299 PREFIXES AND AFFIXES,

408

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