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Passion is a sort of fever in the mind, which always leaves us weaker than it found us. i Conquer your passions : it will be more glorious for you to triumph over your own heart, than it would be to take a citadel. • Defile not your mouth with swearing; neither use yourself to the naming of the Holy One.
He is wealthy enough that wanteth not-he is great enough that is his own master-he is happy enough that lives, to die well. Other things I will not care for, says Judge Hale, nor too much for these, save only for the last, which alone can admit of no immoderation.
Restrain yourself from being too fiery and flaming in matters of argument. Truth often suffers more from the heat of its defenders, than from the argument of its opposers. And nothing does reason more right, than the coolness of those that offer it.
True quietness of heart is got by resisting our passions, not by obeying them.
The love of God and of the world are two different things ; if the love of this world dwell in you, the love of God forsakes you ; renounce that, and receive this, it is fit the more noble love should have the best place and acceptance.
The holy spirit is an antidote against seven poisons : it is wisdom against folly ; quickness of apprehension against dullness; faithfulness of memory against forgetfulness; fortitude against fear; knowledge against ignorance ; piety against profaneness ; and humility against pride.
Good breeding is the result of much good sense, some good nature and a little self-denial for the sake of others, with a view to obtain the same indulgence from them.
To be now a sensible man, by and by a fool, and presently a beast! Every inordinate cup is unblest, and the ingredient is a devil. Oh ! that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains !
CAUSES OF BAD READING AND SPEAKING.
. Too slightly sounding the accented Vowels.
One of the general faults in reading or speaking, is a short, slight, mincing pronunciation of the accented vowels, instead of that bold, round, mellow tone which forms the basis of good reading and speaking. The vowels which should especially be attended to are a and o; e is the most slender of all the vowels, and i and u are dipthongs which terminate in slender sounds, and do not afford a sufficient quantity to fill the ear, but a in all its sounds in bare, bar, war, father and water, has a bold, full sound, which the ear dwells upon with pleasure. The sound of o likewise, when lengthened by e final, as in tone, or ending a syllable, as in noble, may be prolonged with great satisfaction to the ear. It is to a judicious elongation of the sound of these vow. els that pronunciation owes one of its greatest beau. ties.
Too slightly sounding the unaccented Vowels. There is an incorrect pronunciation of the letter u when it ends a syllable not under the accent, which not only prevails amongst the vulgar, but is sometimes found in better society, and that is, giving it a sound which confounds it with vowels of a very different nature, Thus we hear. singular, regular, and particular, pro.
nounced as if written, sing-e-lar, reg-e-lar, and particke-lar. Nothing tends to vulgarize pronunciation more than this short sound of the unaccented W. Those who wish to pronounce with elegance, must be particularly attentive to the unaccented vowels, as their correct pronunciation forms one of the great beauties of reading or speaking.
The other vowels when unaccented, are liable to nearly the same indistinctness as the u. The first e in event, the first o in opinion, and the i in insensible, terri. ble,are apt to go into a sound approaching the short U, as if written uvent, upinion, sensubble, terruble, while proper pronunciation requires these vowels to be heard distinctly as when under the accent.
The e in event, should be pronounced as the e in equal, the o in opinion, as that in open, the i in the unaccented termination, ible, ity, and at the end of other syllables not under the accent, ought to have the sound of e, and this sound to be preserved distinct and pure as if written sen-se-ble, ter-re-ble, de-ver-sety, u-ne-versety.
Wavering pronunciation of Vowels under the secon
dary accent. The secondary accent, is the laying a stress on another syllable independently of that which has the chief accent upon it, in order to enable us to pronounce every part of the word distinctly, forcibly, and harmoniously. This accent is on the first syllable of conversation, commendation, the principal accent being on the third syl. lable. The liquid sound of k, c or g hard before the Vowels
a and i. There is a liquid sound of these consonants before the vowels a and i, which gives a smooth and euphonious sound to the words in which they occur, and which distinguishes polite from vulgar pronunciation.'
This pronunciation is as if the a and i were preceded by e. Thus, kind is sounded as if written ke-ind, card
as ke-ard, and regard as regeard. The words which Tequire this liquid sound in the k,c and g hard, are sky, kind, guide, gird, girt, girl, guise, guile; card, cart, carp, carpenter, carpet, carve, carbuncle, carpal, cartridge, guard and regard: these and their compounds are perhaps the only words where this sound occurs, but these words are in such continual use as to distinguish the correct from the incorrect speaker.
Polite speakers pronounce educate as if written ed-ucate, virtue as verchew, verdure as ver-dure, Indian as Indean, odious as odeous, and insidious as insideous.
The suppressing the sound of the final consonants, is a GREAT ERROR IN READING OR SPEAKING.
The word and is frequently pronounced like the article an, both before a vowel and a consonant, as “ Both men and money are wanting to carry on the war," we hear pronounced as if written, both men an money are wanting to carry on the war. It is even worse when followed by a vowel, particularly the vowel a, followed by n. We often hear, “a subject is carried on by question and answer,” as if written, a subject is carried on by question an answer, and, “ he made his meal of an apple and an egg," as if written, he made his meal of an apple an an egg. The best method is to sound the d always in and. The sound of f, when final, is liable to the same suppression when a consonant begins the succeeding word, particularly the th. We frequently hear "the want of men is occasioned by the want of money," pronounced, the want o' men is occasioned by the want o'money, and “I spoke of the man who told me of the woman you mentioned," as if written, I spoke o' the man who told me o' the woman you mentioned.
The sounding of the letter R. · The letter R has two sounds, the rough or rolling, and the soft or smooth sound.
The rough r is formed by jarring the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth, near to the fore teeth; the smooth r is a vibration of the lower part of the tongue
of the th; the
near the root, against the inward region of the palate, as close to each other as possible without coming in conlact.
The first r is proper at the beginning, and the second in the middle or at the end of words. The r in bar, bard, card, and regard, is pronounced so much in the throat as to be little more than the Italian a in father. We may give full force to this letter at the beginning of a word, without producing any harshness to the ear, thus Rome, river, rage, may have the full forcible sound of r, but bar, bard, card and regard, should be pronounced as above mentioned, soft as possible.
Pronouncing S indistinctly after. St. The letter S, after St, from the difficulty of its pronunciation, is often sounded indistinctly. This is to be avoided by letting the t be heard distinctly between the two hissing letters. For the acquisition of this sound, it will be proper to select nouns which end in st, or ste, form them into plurals and pronounce them forcibly and distinctly until the bad habit be thrown off. The same may be observed of the third person of verbs, ending in sts or stes, as persists, wastes, pastes.
Not sounding the H where it ought to be sounded, and the
reverse. The Cocknies generally say art for heart, and harm for arm. This is a vice similar to pronouncing the V for the W, and the W for the V, and requires a like method of correction. See head Pronunciation of this essay.
In the following words the H is silent: heir, heiress, herb, herbage, honest, honesty, honestly, honor, honor. able, honorably, hostler, hour, hourly, humble, humbly, humblest, humor, humorist, humorously, humorsome. The H should have its full sound in the word hospital.
The author differs from one of our most distinguished orthoepists as to the pronunciation of the words for, from, and by. These words should always have their