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Punctuation in verse; or, the good child's book of stops Leinstein, Madame [between 1826 and 1828]

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 Each galloping reader's requested to stay,
And a toll of respect to this gentleman pay;
Observe well his stops, and the whole of his train,
Then the rest of your road will be easy and plain.
*
PUNCTUATION IN VERSE;
OR,  THE
BOOK OF STOPS.
By MADAME LEINSTEIN,
Author of
RUDIMENTS OF GRAMMAR, MAMMA'S TALES, UNLUCKY JOHN,
fyc.
EMBELLISHED   WITH
TWELVE   NEATLY   COLOURED   ENGRAVINGS.
PRINTED AND SOLD BY
DEAN & MUNDAY, THREADNEEDLE-STREET.
PRICE   ONE   SHILLING.
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THE STOPS.
COMMA 9
At the Comma each reader should stay and count one:
As, " Charles had an orange, a tart, and a bun."
SEMICOLON a
At each Semicolon take breath and tell two :
As? " This is a Christian;   the other a Jew."
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1
COLON
PERIOD
For the Colon count three—for the Period four:
As, " The robin is dead:  he now is no more."
?
EXCLAMATION
Four, also, we count to the mark Exclamation:
INTERROGATION   £
The same we allow to arc Interrogation.
These rules but observe, you'll be sure to read well;
And from reading, in speaking learn soon to excel.
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 10
Mr. STOPS.
At her book, little Jane was no dunce, all agreed,
Though the sense was oft spoiled, for she read with
such speed,
That her schoolmaster, Stops, out of kindness and
love,
Just set her two little examples, to prove
That, without punctuation, we find, to our cost,
How sense goes for nothing, and reason is lost.
11
EXAMPLES.
Four rooms I have and hating1 gloom
I've twenty candles in each room
Five and twenty in the four
Indeed there are not less nor more
THE SAME, PROPERLY POINTED.
Four rooms I have; and, hating gloom,
I've twenty candles.    In each room
Five:    and twenty in the four.
Indeed there are not less nor more.
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15
Cook Comma, marked thus
Black Semicolon, marked thus 1
Cook Comma, 'tis known, was a brisk little man,
Not given, however, to  worry;
To be sure he would tarry at each pie or pan,
Nor was ever too much in a hurry.
And to show by a method how things should be done.
At each pause that he made'twas to stay and count owe;
As " I can bake, broil, stew, and steam, in a trice,
Peas, apples, potatoes, wheat, barley, and rice."
As I passed through Hyde Park, in the heat of the
day,
Semicolon came there on the cymbals to play;
I observed that he spoke with a diffident air,
Dividing each sentence with delicate care:
As u I play very well; but my brother excels:
I strike but the cymbals;   he, harp, lute, and bells."
I pulled off my hat;   and I bade him adieu.—
With friend Semicolon you stay and count two*
  4
18
Aunt Colon, marked thus J
Two dots form a Colon so funny and round,
Like Aunt Prim in her hoop, with a curtsey profound.
While you count one, two, three, of her you'll have
need,
Where the sense  is complete, though the sentence
proceed:
As, " Minced pies are nice: they are best when they're
warm."
Good nature is pleasing:   'tis certain to charm."
19
A Period or Full Stop, marked thus
Like the full moon, as aptly round,
The solemn Period is found:
Tis he the verse and chapter ends,
And while we four can count, attends:
As '< Larks soar swiftly to the sky."
" Time and tide wait no reply."
" William's kite is made of paper."
And " See Eliza dance and caper."
  22
The Interrogation point, marked thus ^
Good morrow, says Interrogation,
Who often causes much vexation;
For sometimes, like a judge, he'll ask
" Who gave you leave?—Who set your task?—
What is your business?   Can't you tell
Who built that house?—Who dug yon well?"
23
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The Exclamation point, marked thus I
To gaze at Punch, all admiration,
Stands gaping, wide-mouthed Exclamation;
He looks amazed, and as you pass
Cries out, "O dear!  behold!  alas!
What strange events!  heigho! goodnight!
Ah, fatal hour!  heart-rending sight!
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26
An Apostrophe, marked thus
J
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A Quotation, marked thus
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What than Apostrophe can better
Fill up the absence of a letter?
In   poetry it most avails:
As, " Summer winds have swelVd the sails:
The man is lov'd:—the lion fear'd:
Wisdom approved:—old age rever'd.
Commas, when thus reversed, are meant
Another's words to represent:
As  thus,   " Time little loss affords,"
Doth mean we quote some author's words.
As, William said,   " Be not too vain:"
"Vice is to fame a deadly stain."
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Dash —    Hyphen -    Section §   Asterisk *
Obelisk f    Braces Z^2    Parenthesis ( )
Ellipsis	
A Dash stands thus —; a Hyphen, next is seen,
Uniting tea-pot, lap-dog, and Kew-green:
Of Sections, Asterisks, Obelisks, we hear,
As reference marks, to make the subject clear.
Braces, three rhyming lines together bind:
Ellipsis makes K g King, you'll find.

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