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ART OF RHETORIC.
BY ROBERT CLARKE.
“THE FIRST THING TAUGHT, THE LAST THAT'S UNDERSTOOD."
'Tis not enough the voice be sound and clear,
A. M. PIGOT, KENNINGTON PARK CORNER.
TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The First Edition of this work appear’d A few months since, but has not interfer'd With works in prose, of just, and kindred name, 'Twas not the object of the author's aim. But Vocal Music led by Hullah's art, With Sol, La, Si, and well sustain'd each part; First rais'd the thought,—these animating strains With useful words-might well reward our pains. I dwell not here, on harmony of sounds, Their power's admitted,—and how just the grounds; Each mother finds, the fretful child will yield To lullaby, when other arts have fail'd. The wearied soldier sinking on the plain, Is rous'd to vigour by the martial strain. And oft I've seen, the cheering notes beguile The hum and tedium of my school-room toil : Great Luther says, “ 'tis holy discipline Improves the mind, and gives the gentle mien." And thousands more, aloud commend the art, To soften manners, and subdue the heart. And Verse has much advantage over Prose, *Tis sooner learnt, as every scholar knows, Retain'd with ease, to manhood's latest days, We all well know that hymn'd a Watts' lays. In early times, the Bards of Cymry sung To harp and lute, and taught their lisping young Their Laws, their Customs, and their Pedigrees, And mix'd Instruction, with the art to please. This effort, no apology requires, To no renown my humble Muse aspires, But rhym'd these dry and abstract Grammar Rules, For mutual pleasure in our British Schools. The First Impression, is with care revis'd With some Additions, which are thus compris'd:-The Rules of Syntax, are enlarged upon, With Sentences to exercise thereon. And Prosody, has emendations too, And Punctuation also, has a few. And, here are Rules the Passions to depict, And various Figures, known in Rhetoric: For Composition, we can but rehearse The thoughts of others,—but it has a Verse: And Rules for Argument may here be seen, With their appropriate terms, and what they mean.
The Laws of Verse, of Rhyme, and Blank are here,
PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION. This THIRD EDITION which I've sent to press, Requires a passing word-for an address : My plea for printing-if it needs be told, Is this—that Two Editions have been sold; Or as the Trade would say, “They're out of print," And thus encouraged, felt a kind constraint To print a THIRD, and trust my friends will see Though much enlarged-a true EPITOME Of all that's needed in Rhetoric Art To charm the ear, and to improve the heart. While some may this Compendium condemn, As much too brief-And too compound for them; I would observe, 'tis not the works diffuse Convenient are-Abridgments most we use. When Murray's Grammar issued from the press, He soon curtailed it-made it two-thirds less, 'Twas advertized-with commendation too As much improved—now this, I shall not do. But leave its merits, if it worth possess, To generous minds,—who may their thoughts express. If by my labour, they should profit gain, Our time's well spent-and I my end obtain; Then take my Book, and read it, great, and small, Yea old and young, with my respects to all.
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