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EXERCISES ON ARTICULATION.
1.] Page 27. Difficult articulation from immediate suc
cession of the same or similar sounds. 1. The youth hates study. 2. The wild beasts straggled through the vale. 3. The steadfast stranger in the forests strayed. 4. It was the finest street of the city. 5. When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw.
6. It was the severest storm of the season, but the masts stood through the gale. 7. That lasts till night.?
That last still night. S
He can debate on neither side of the question.
Who ever imagined such a notion to exist ?
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1. He has taken leave of terrestrial trials and enjoyments, and is laid in the grave, the common receptacle and home of mortals.
2. Though this barbarous chief received us very courteously, and spoke to us very communicatively at the first interview, we soon lost our confidence in the disinterestedness of his motives.
3. Though there could be no doubt as to the reasonableness of our request, yet he saw fit peremptorily to re
fuse it, and authoritatively to require that we should depart from the country. As no alternative was left us, we unhesitatingly prepared to obey this arbitrary mandate. 3.] Page 29. Tendency to slide over unaccented vowels
The brief illustration of this at p. 30 is perhaps sufficient.
EXERCISES ON INFLECTION.
4.] Page 47. The disjunctive (or) has the rising in
flection before, and the falling after it. 1. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing ; Is it lawful on the sabbath-days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
2. Whether we are hurt by a mád or a blind man, the pain is still the same. And with regard to those who are undone, it avails little whether it be by a man who deceives them, or by one who is bimself decèived.
3. Has God forsaken the works of his own hánds ? or does he always graciously presèrve, and keep and guide them?
4. Therefore, O ye judges ! you are now to consider, whether it is more probable that the deceased was murdered by the man who inherits his estáte, or by him, who inherits nothing but bèggary by the same death. By the man who was raised from penury to plénty, or by bim who was brought from happiness to misery. By him whom the lust of lucre has inflamed with the most invet
erate hatred against his own relations ; or by him whose life was such, that he never knew what gain was, but from the product of his own là bours. By him, who of all dealers in the trade of blood, was the most audácious ; or by him who was so little accustomed to the forum and trials, that he dreads not only the benches of a court, but the very town. In short, ye judges, what I think most to this point is, you are to consider whether it is most likely that an énemy, or a sòn, would be guilty of this murder,
5. As for the particular occasion of these (charity) schools, there cannot any offer more worthy a generous mind. Would you do a handsome thing without retúrn ?
- do it for an infant that is not sensible of the obligation.* Would
you do it for the public good ?-do it for one who will be an honest artificer. Would you do it for the sake of heaven ?-give it for one who shall be instructed in the worship of Him, for whose sake you gave it.
5.] Page 47. The direct question has the rising infleck
tion, and the answer has the falling. 1. Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no móre? Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be grácious ? hath he in anger shut up his tender mércies?
2. Is not this the carpenter's són? is not his mother called Máry ? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Júdas ? and his sisters, are they not all with ús?
3. Are we intended for actors in the grand drama of
* Disjunctive or iş understood.
etérnity? Are we candidates for the plaudit of the rátional creation ? Are we formed to participate the supreme beatitude in communicating happiness? Are we destined to co-operate with God in advancing the order and perfection of his works? How sublime a creature then is man!
4. Can we believe a thinking being, that is in a perpetual progress of improvements, and travelling on from perfection to perfection, after having just looked abroad into the works of its creator, and made a few discoveries of his infinite goodness, wisdom, and power, must perish at her first setting out, and in the very beginning of her inquíries ?
The following are examples of both question and answer.
5. Who are the persons that are most apt to fall into peevishness and dejection—that are continually complaining of the world, and see nothing but wretchedness around them? Are they those whom want compels to toil for their daily bréad ?-who have no treasure but the labor of their hands--who rise, with the rising sun, to expose themselves to all the rigors of the seasons, unsheltered from the winter's cold, and unshaded from the summer's héat? Nò. The labors of such are the very blessings of their condition.
6. What, then, what was Cæsar's object? Do we select extortioners, to enforce the laws of équity ? Do we make choice of profligates, to guard the morals of socíety? Do we depute atheists, to preside over the rites of religion ? I will not press the answer : I need not press the answer; the premises of my argument render it un
necessary. -What would content you ? Tálent ? Nò! Enterprise ? No! Courage ? No! Reputation ? Nò! Vírtue ? Nò! The men whom you would select, should possess, not one, but all, of these.
7. Can the truth be discovered when the slaves of the prosecutor are brought as witnesses against the person accused ? Let us hear now what kind of an examination this wàs. Call in Ruscio; call in Casca. Did Clodius way-lay. Mílo ? He did : Drag them instantly to execution.-He did not : Let them have their liberty. What can be more satisfactory than this method of examination ?
8. Are you desirous that your talents and abilities may procure you respect ? Display them not ostentatiously to public view. Would you escape the envy which your ríches might excite? Let them not minister to pride, but adorn them with humility:- There is not an evil incident to human nature for which the gospel doth not provide a remedy. Are you ignorant of many things which it highly concerns you to know? The gospel offers you instrùction. Have you deviated from the path of duty ? The gospel offers you forgiveness. Do temptátions surround you? The gospel offers you the aid of heaven. Are you exposed to mísery? It consoles you. Are you subject to death? It offers you immortality.
9. Oh how hast thou with jealousy infected