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He who declares his perception of blemishes, and cannot at the same time define and enumerate graces, speaks without candor or as the dupe of authority." Rush on the Philosophy of the Human Voice."
PUBLISHED BY G. J. LOOMIS,
ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS. 1900.
Northern District of New York, to wit:
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twelfth day of September, in the fifty third year of the Independence of the United States of America. A. D. 1828, George J. Loomis, of sited in this office the title of a aims as proprietor in the words following, to wit: "Exercises in Reading and Recitation, founded on an enquiry in the elementary constitution of the Human Voice. By Dr. JOHN BARBER, Professor of Elocution. He who declares his perception of blemishes, and cannot at the same time define and enumerate graces, speaks without candor, or as the dupe of authority. Rush on the Philosophy of the Human Voice."
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R. R. LANSING, Clerk
IN the following pages, great care has been bestowed on the Rythmus of our language, or in other words on that distribution of time, stress, and pause, which constitutes the ease, force, and variety of a pleasing and natural delivery.
That this is an object of great importance, no one who has paid attention to the heavy monotony, or the rapid enunciation of the Juvenile elocutionist, will deny.
Rythmus fulfils three important offices; that of marking the accented syllables, thus aiding the orthoepy of the language; dividing those syllables into regular successions; by such means preventing the unpleasant and heavy monotony which their immediate succession would produce on the ear; and lastly, so adjusting the pauses or rests of the voice, as to leave respiration free and unhurried through the most lengthened discourses and under all the conditions of force.
In the Rythmus of the ancient languages, a certain 'number of syllables occupied a corresponding portion of time, thus an lambic foot always consisted of oue short and one long syllable, and a regular succession of these feet was denominated "Iambic measure.”. The spirit and construction of our language will not admit this division. The accented syllables frequent