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A SYSTEM OF VOCAL GYMNASTICS;
DESIGNED FOR THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH, CURE OF
STAMMERING, AND DEFECTIVE ARTICULATION.
WITH EXERCISES IN ELOCUTION, VOCAL GYMNASTICS, ARTICULATION, PITCH, FORCE, TIME, GESTURE, READING AND DECLAMATION; WITH POSTURES OF THE BODY, ARMS, HEAD, FACE,
EYES, SHOULDERS, AND THE LOWER LIMBS.
Illustrated with Two Hundred and Sixty-three Engravings, of Figures in various Positions,
and Diagrams illustrative of the whole subject.
BY ANDREW COMSTOCK, M.D.
TO WHICH IS ADDED A COLLECTION OF GEMS FROM THE WRITINGS
OF THE BEST AUTHORS IN PROSE AND VERSE,
EDITED AND SELECTED
BY PHILIP LAWRENCE,
PROFESSOR OP BLOCOTION, AND TEACHER OP READING AND RECITATION IN
TEE PIRST SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES IX PHILADELPHIA.
306 CHESTNUT STREET.
WARVARD COLLEGE LIBRANT
JANUARY 25, 1924
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1868, by
T. B. PETERSON & BROTHERS,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
At the request of many of the Principals of Private Schools and Colleges in Philadelphia, I have undertaken the pleasing task of collecting some of the finest productions of gthius, in Verse and Prose, and adding them to the talented work of the late Dr. Comstock (one of the best Teachers for the cultivation of the voice that I ever met with). I hope to produce a Work on Elocution suited to all
persons, whether old or young. While I do not hold myself responsible for all the assertions of the talented Doctor, I yet agree with him in most of his remarks, and believe his work can be studied with great advantage.
All persons ought to be aware how important it is to attend to the modulation of the voice. The chief beauty of oratory is in the melody of the speaker's utterance. If the orator delivers his own ideas, or those of another, how soon his hearers become indif. ferent if the speech is delivered in one tone of voice! But, when the speaker whose voice is cultivated and modulated, is heard, every ear listens with delight, every eye beams upon him with pleasure; the feelings of his hearers will be at one time melted into tears by the pathos of his tones, at another roused