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KEY

TO THE

BEAUTIES OF ELOCUTION:

BEING AN

ANALYTICAL WORK,

BASED ON

G RAMMATICAL PRINCIPLES.

BY

F. RAWLINGS,

REDDISH, STOCKPORT.

AUTHOR OF “THE UNION OF THE UNIVERSE ; OR, THE HARMONY OF

MIND WITH MATTER.”

[ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL.]

STOCKPORT:
PRINTED BY T. REED AND CO., BRIDGE STREET.

1878. .

PRICE 38. 6d.

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PRE FACE.

As keys serve to unlock the storehouses where the merchant lays by his gathered goods from many lands, so may this Key to ELOCUTION unlock the secret entrances to the beauties stored away within the leafy folds of printed books; to the rich vein of golden thoughts, the embalmed mummies of the withered brain. Take your stand for a moment in the fine LIBRARY of the British Museum, in the presence of that pile of brain-sweat gathered and urned by the midnight lamps of all ages. Bright gems from classic lands, old yet ever new, mingle their radiance with the diamonds from the land of infidelity. Homer's far back ages and his spirited “Siege of Troy” fling their influences on Shakespere and the bright stars that shone in the mental meridian of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, side by side with Robert Burns-Scotland's poetic child, whose early death, like his Highland Mary's, her green rugged moorlands mourn,-here, like his Mary, lives! What a noble army of witnesses to truth centre their glories here in this HELIOPOLIS—this CITY OF THE SUN-ny thoughts, that have welled up from the secret springs hid in the hard rocks of man's fiery nature, here reflecting the beams of the Sun of Righteousness from the ocean of Truth—the Bible; contrasted at times by the disfigured shades of Hades, looming as on the eclipsed orbs of some Milton's waning lights, mocking the infidelity of the nineteenth century. Oh! for a thousand ages twice told to stay with these master-minds, or to soar away with Newton amid the nebulæ of heaven and watch the young worlds grow, or dive beneath the deepest caves and study nature's history in the formation of her rocks. But no, this may not be. Let LANGUAGE, then, be tủe history we study, whose Nouns shall be its rocks; whose Verbs its electric powers in action; and its Adjectives its variegated strata, beautifying all. Give heavier stress and longer time to the words in italios in this book, and you will extract the nectar from the grape, and the goodly pearls from the stranded wrecks of life, that shall help to build the mind for time and for eternity.

The thoughts that mould the life that is,

These, these are the thoughts for thee;
And thoughts that form the life to come,

Seek thou in life's rough sea.
Read, read the works of giant minds,

And thou prepared'st shalt be.

F. R.

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