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the sense clearly dictates the pause after illumine, at the end of the third syllable, which, in reading, ought to be made accordingly; though, if the melody only were to be regarded, illumine should be connected with what follows and the pause not made till the fourth or sixth syllable. So in the following line of Pope's Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot,

“ I sit, with sad civility. I read.” the ear plainly points out the cæs'ıral pause as falling after sad, the fourth syllable. But it would be very bad reading to make any pause there, so as to separate sad and civility. The sense admits of no other pause than after the second syllable sit, which therefore must be the only pause made in reading this part of the sentence.

There is another mode of dividing some verses, by introducing what may he called demi-cæsuras, which require very slight pauses ; and which the reader should manage with judgment, or he will be apt to fall into an'af

fected sing-song mode of pronouncing verse of this kind. The following - lines exemplify the demi-cæsura.

" Warms in the suo', refreshes' in the the breeze,
“ Glows' in the stars'', and blossoms in the trees;
" Lives', ihrough all life'l; exterds' through all extent,

" Spreads' undivided', operates, unspent.” Before the conclusion of this introduction, the Compiler takes the liberty to recommend to teachers, to exercise their pupils in discovering and explaining the emphatic words, and the proper tones and pauses, of every portion assigned them to read, previously to their being called out to the performance. These preparatory lessons, in which they should he regularly examined, will improve their judgment and taste ; prevent the practice of reading without attention to the subject; and establish a habit of readi. ly discovering the meaning, force, and beauty, of every sentence they peruse.

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Sect. 1. Earthquake at Calabria, in the year 1638,

2. Letter from Pliny to Geminius,

3. Letter from Pliny to Marcellinus, on the death of an amia-

ble young woman,


4. On Discretion, .


5. On the government of our thoughts,


6. On the evils which flow from unrestrained passions,


7. On the proper state of our temper, with respect to one

another, .


8. Excellence of the Holy Scriptures,


9. Reflections occasioned by a review of the blessings, pronounced

by Christ on his disciples, in his sermon on the mount, 149

10, Schemes of life often illusory, ..


11. The pleasures of virtuous sensibility,


12. On the true honour of man,

. 154

13. The influence of devotion on the happiness of life,

14. The planetary and terrestrial worlds comparatively consider-


15. On the power of custom, and the uses to which it may be ap-

plied, . .

16. The pleasures resulting from a proper use of our faculties,

17. Description of candour,

18. On the imperfection of that happiness which rests solely on

worldly pleasures,


19. What are the real and solid enjoyments of human life, : 165

20. Scale of beings, .


21. Trust in the care of Providence recommended,

22. Piety and gratitude enliven prosperity, .


23. Virtue, when deeply rooted, is not subject to the influence .

of fortune, .


24. The speech of Fabricius, a Roman ambassador, to king

Pyrrhus, who attempted to bribe him to his interests, by

the offer of a great sum of money, . . .


25e Character of James I. king of England, .


26. Charles V. emperor of Germany, resigns his dominions, and

retires from the world, .

27. The same subject continued,


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