This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... AN OVERWORKED ELOCUTIONIST ONCE there was a little boy, whose name was Robert Reece; And every Friday afternoon he had to speak a piece. So many poems thus he learned, that soon he had a store Of recitations in his head, and still kept learning more. And now this is what happened: He was called upon, one week, And totally forgot the piece he was about to speak! His brain he cudgelled. Not a word remained within his head! And so he spoke at random, and this is what he said: "My Beautiful, my Beautiful, who standest proudly by, It was the schooner Hesperus--the breaking waves dashed high! Why is the Forum crowded? What means this stir in Rome? Under a spreading chestnut tree there is no place like home! "Whence come these shrieks so wild and shrill? Across the sands o' Dee? Lo, I will stand at thy right hand and keep the bridge with thee! For this was Tell a hero? For this did Gessler die? The curse is come upon me!' said the Spider to the Fly. "When Britain first at Heaven's command said, 'Boatswain, do not tarry; The despot's heel is on thy shore, and while ye may, go marry.', Let dogs delight to bark and bite he pritish Grenadiers, Lars Porsena of Clusium lay dying in Algiers! " AN OVERWORKED ELOCUTIONIST "The sea! the sea! the open sea! Roll on, roll on, thou deep! Maxwelton braes are bonny, but Macbeth hath murdered sleep! Answer me, burning shades of night! What's Hecuba to me? Alone stood brave Horatius! The boy--oh! where was he? "When Freedom from her mountain height cried, Twinkle, little star, Shoot if you must this old grey head, King Henry of Navarre! Roll on, thou deep and dark blue castled crag of Drachenfels, My name is Norval, on the Grampian Hills, ring out, wild bells! "If you're waking, call me early, to be or not to...
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