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112. In the following exercises, most of the noteworthy difficulties in the articulation of our language have been introduced. In some of the sentences, it will be seen, little regard has been had to the sense which they may make ; the object being either to accumulate difficulties in Consonant combinations or to illustrate varieties of Vowel sounds and their equivalents :
EXERCISES IN ARTICULATION.
I. A father's fate calls Fancy to beware. All in the hall here haul the awl all ways. Aunt's heart and hearth are better than her head. And shall I, sir'rah, guarantee your plaid ? Arraign his reign to-day; the great rain gauge. And so our whaling ended all in wailing. Accent' the ac'cent accurately always.
II. Awful the awe ; nor broad ought Tom to maul. The bulb, the bribe, the barb, the babbling bibber. Biding thou budg’dst, and budging bravely bidest. Bubbles and hubbubs barbarous and public. Canst give the blind a notion of an ocean ? Churlish chirographers, chromatic chanters. Chiyalry's chief chid the churl's chaffering choice chimerical.
III. Call her; her choler at the collar scorning. Crime craves the Czar's indictment curious. Despised despoilers tracked the dastard's doom. Diaph'ănous delusions dep'recate. Drachmas disdain dispersed despotically. Earn earth's dear tears, whose dearth the heart's hearth inurns.
IV. England her men metes there a generous measure. Cæsar deceives the people from his seat. The key to that machine is in the field. Friends, heads and heifers, leopards, bury any. Examine, estimate the eggs exactly
V. Faults ? He had faults; I said he was not false. Facundious Philip's flippant fluency. Ghastly the gibbous anger gorges gnomes. Go ! though rough coughs and hiccoughs plough thee through! Grudg’dst thou, and gib’dst thou, Gorgon, with thy gyves ? XVI. He humbly held the hostler's horse an hour. His honest rhetorio exhilarates. Hear'st thou this hermit's heinous heresy ? He twists the texts to suit the several sects. Hope, boats, roads, cats, and loads of cloaks and soap. Why harass'dst thou him thus inhumanly?
VII. In either place he dwells, in neither fails. Is he in life through one great terror led ? In one great error rather is he not? Is there a na.leis their an aim more lofty ? I say the judges ought to arrest the cul; rit. I say the judges sought to arrest the culprit.
VIII. Janglingly jealous jeered the Jacobin. June’s azure day sees the jay gayly jump." Knavish the knack could compass such a knot. Keep cool, and learn that cavils cannot kill. Kentucky knows the dark and bloody ground.
IX. Lunr, lank and lean, he illy ieciued rae. Lo ! there behold the scenes of those dark ages. The scenes of those dark cages, did you say ? Mete'orous and meteor'io vapors. Mulctedst thou him ? In misery he mopes. 8. Myrrh by the murderous myrmidons was brought Man is a microcosm, a mimic world. iute moping, maimed, in misery's murmurs whelm’d. Mammon's main monument a miscreant makes. Moments their solemn realm to Memnon give.
XI. Neigh ma no nays ; know me now, neighbor Dobbin. Nipt now the Power is riv'n, fcrever fall’n. Nymphs range the forests still till rosy dawn. Nay! did I say I scream? I said ice cream. Never thou clasp’dst more Lecting triumphs here.
XII. O’or wastes and deserts, waste sand deserts straying. On the l'ard wharf the timid dwarf was standing. O, note the occasin, yeoman, heutboy, beau! Or'thoëpy precedes orthogʻraphy. Obʻligatory objects then be offered.'
XIII. Precedents ruled prece'dent Pres'idents. Poor painted pomp of pleasure's proud parade. Pharmacy far more farmers cures than kills. Psyche (si-kë) puts out the sphinx's pseudo pipe. Politics happ'n to be uppermost. The room ’s perfumed with per'fumes popular.
XIV. Quilp quoted Quarles's quiddities and quirks. Queens and coquets quickly their conquests quit. Quacks in a quan'dary were quaking there. Quench'd’st thou the quarrel of the quid'-nuncs then ? Quiescent Quixotism and quibbling quizzing.
XV. Rave, wretched rover, erring, rash and perjured. Rude rugged rocks reëchoed with his roar. Rhinoceroses armed and Russian bears. Round rang her shrill, sharp, frenzied shriek for mercy. Ruin and rapine, ruthless wretch, attend thee!
XVI. Six slim sleek saplings slothfully he sawed. Stridulous strays the stream through forests strange. Snarl’sts thou at me? Vainly thou eplash’dst and strov' st. Shall shuffling shift thy shrinking, shrieking shame ? Schisms, chasms and prisms, phantasms and frenzies dire. Smith, smooth, smug, smart, smirked, smattered, smoked and smiled. Sudden he sadd’n’d; wherefore did he sadd’n ?
XVII. The heir his hair uncovered to the air. That last still night, that lasts till night's forgot! The strident trident's strife strides strenuous. The dupes shall see the dupe survey the scene. The martial corps regarded not the corpse. (See Note to T 60.)
XVIII. The ringing, clinging, blighting, smiting curse. The storms still strove, but the masts stood the struggle. The steel these steal still ster'eotypes (the er as in terror) their stigma. The stalk these talkers strike stands strong ar.d steady. Thawing it thermometrically thrives.
XIX. Temptations tantamount indictment's debtor. Tenth or ten thousandt breaks the chain alike Think'st thou the heights, depths, breadths, thor rt thorough in? The soldiers skilled in war, a thousand men ? The soliers killed in war a thousand men. The prints the prince selected were superb.
XX. Then if thou fall’st, thou fall’st a blessed martyr. Thou liv'st - liv’st did I say ? appear'st in the Senate ! Though thy cry moved me, thy crime moved me more. These things can never make your government. Thou barb'dst the dart that wounded me, alas!
XXI. Thou startl’dst me, and still thou startl'st me. Thou watch'st there where thou watch’dst, sir, when I oame. Thou black’n’dst and thou blaok. e’st me in vai: Thought'st thou those thoughts of thine could thrill me through ? The intriguing rogue's vague brogue plagues like an ague.
XXII. Thou slept'st, great ocean, hush’dst thy myriad waves. The wolf whose howl, the owl whose hoot is heard. The new tune played on Tuesday suits the duke. Too soon thou chuckl’dst o'er the gold thou stolest. Twanged short and sharp, like the shrill swallow's cry.
XXIII. Use makes us use it even as usage rules (this last u like the o in move). Umpires usurp the usurer's usual custom. Utility's your ultima'tum, then. Untunable, untractable, unthinking.. [rge me no more ; your argu. ments are useless. The tutor's revolution is reduced.
XXIV. Vain, vacillating, ve’hement, he veers forever. Whetting his scythe, the mower singeth blithe. While whiling time at whist, why will you whisper? Whelmed in the waters were the whirling wheels. Where is the ware that is to wear so well ?
XXV. White were the wights who waggishly were winking. Wrenched by the hand of violence from hope. Wouldst thou not highly — wouldst not holily ? With short shrill shrieks flits by on leathern wing. Xerxes, Xantippë, Xen'ophon and Xanthus.
XXVI. Yachts yield the yeomen youthful exercise. You pay nobody? Do you pain nobody ? Your kindness overwhelms me - makes me bankrupt. Zeusis, Zenobia, Zeus and Zoroäs'ter. Zephyr these heifers indolently fans.
113. By the term alliteration is meant the repetition of the same letter, chiefly at the beginning of words. In the following Exercise the words of every line are alliterative according to the order of the letters of the alphabet. It will be found a good practice for keeping alive the attention of a class to have the lines read singly, one by each pupil successively.
Unjust, unwise, unmerciful Ukrane !
LESSON I X.
114. The following “ Rhymes for the Nursery,” by Robert Southey, descriptive of the Cataract of Lodore, afford a good exercise in articulation, especially in the participle termination in ing. The voice should be modulated in many places to imitate the motion of the water ; and thera is even an opportunity, in the expressiveness of many of the words, for imitative articulation.
“ How does the water come down at Lodore ?”
* See this word and Southey in the Explanatory Index,
Here it comes sparkling, and there it lies darkling;
The Cataract strong then plunges along,
- v. Collecting, projecting, receding and speeding, and shocking and rocking, And darting and parting, and threading and spreading, and whizzing and
hissing, And dripping and skipping, and hitting and spitting, and shining and
twining, And rattling and battling, and shaking and quaking, and pouring and
roaring, And waving and raving, and tossing and crossing, and flowing and going, And running and stunning, and foaming and roaming, and din ning and
spinning, And dropping and hopping, and working and jerking, and guggling and
struggling, And heaving and cleaving, and moaning and groaning :
And glittering and frittering, and gathering and feathering,
Dividing and gliding and sliding,