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Common slide. To play with important truths; to disturb the repose of established ténets; to subtilize objéctions; and elude proof, is too often the sport of youthful vánity, of which maturer experience commonly repènts.
Were the miser's repentance upon the neglect of a good bárgain; his sorrow for being over-réached; his hope of improving a súm; and his fear of falling into want; directed to their proper objects, they would make so many Christian graces and virtues.
Intensive slide. Consider, I beseech you, what was the part of a faithful citizen? of a prudent, an active, and an honest minister? Was he not to secure Eubea, as our defence against all attacks by séa? Was he not to make Beotia our barrier on the midland side? The cities bordering on Peloponnesus our bulwark on thát quarter? Was he not to attend with due precaution to the importation of corn, that this trade might be protected, through all its progress, up to our own hárbours? Was he not to cover those districts which we commanded, by seasonable detachments, as the Proconesus, the Chersonesus, and Ténedos? To exert himself in the assembly for this purpose, while with equal zeal he laboured to gain others to our interest and alliance, as Byzantium, Abydus, and Euboéa? Was he not to cut off the best, and most important resources of our enemies, and to supply those in which our country was deféctive?—And all this you gained by my counsels, and my administration.
EXERCISES ON MODULATION,
The reader will be able from the following examples, to choose those which are appropriate to rotundity of voice, fulness, loudness, time, rhetorical pause, &c.
COMPASS OF VOICE.
Page 56. EXERCISE 19 To assist in cultivating the bottom of the voice, I have selected examples of sublime or solemn description, which admit of but little inflection; and some which contain the figure of simile. Where
the mark for low note is inserted, the reader will take pains to keep down his voice, and to preserve it in nearly the grave monotone.
1. (.) He bowed the hēavens also and cāme down; and darkness was under his feet.--And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.At the brightness that was before him, his thick clouds pàssed, hailstones and coals of fire.—The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voicè; hailstònes and coals of fire.
2. (.) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man, coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.—And he shall send his angels, with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
3. (.) And the hēaven depārted as a scroll, when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 2 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bond-man, and every free-man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 3 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:-For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
4. And I saw a grēat white throne, and him that sat upon it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 5 And I saw the dēad, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 6 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
5. 'Tis listening Fear and dumb Amazement all:
The Thunder raises his tremendous voice.
And rolls its āwful būrthen on the wind;
The noise astounds: till over head a sheet
Expansive, wrapping ether in a blaze. 10 Follows the loosened aggravated roar,
Enlarging, deep'ning, mingling peal on peal
6. 'Twas then great Marlb'rough's mighty soul was 15 That in the shock of charging hosts unmov’d,
Amidst confusion, horror, and despair,
To fainting squadrons sent the timely aid; 20 Inspir'd repuls'd battalions to engage,
And taught the doubtful battle where to rage (0) Sõ when an angel, by divine commānd, With rising tempests shakes a guilty land,
(Such as of late o'er pale Britannia past,)
And pleas’d th’ Almighty's orders to perform,
7. Rous'd from his trance, he mounts with'eyes
And fore and aft dissever'd ruins lie;
Around, the brazen voice of battle roars,
Beneath the storm their shatter'd navies groan,
8. To whom, in brief, thus Abdiel stern reply'd Reign thou in Hell, thy kingdom; let me serve In Heav'n God ever blest, and his divine
Behests obey, worthiest to be obey’d; 5 Yet chàins in Hell, not realms expect: meanwhile
From me, (return'd as erst thou saidst from flight,)
(.) So saying, a noble stroke he lifted high, Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell 10 On the proud crest of Satan, that no sight,
Nor motion of swift thought, less could his shield,
His massy spear upstay’d; as if on earth
Sidelong had push'd a mountain from his seat,
-Now storming fury rose,
Horrible discord, and the maddening wheels
Of fiery darts in flaming vollies flew,
So under fiery cope together rush'd
Resounded; and had Earth been then, all Earth 30 Had to her centre shook.
Long time in even scale-
No equal, ranging through the dirę attack 35 Of fighting Seraphim confus'd, at length
Saw where the sword of Michael smote, and fellid
Brandish'd aloft, the horrid edge came down 40 Wide wasting; such destruction to withstand
He hasted, and oppos'd the rocky orb
Surceas’d, and glad, as hoping here to end
Made horrid circles; two broad suns their shields 5 Blaz’d opposite, while expectation stood
In horror; from each hand with speed retired,
Of such commotion; such as, to set forth
Among the constellations war were sprung,
The following examples are selected as a specimen of those pas sages which are most favourable to the cultivation of a top to the
In pronouncing these, the reader should aim to get up his voice to the highest note on which he can articulate with freedom and distinctness.
See remarks page 57 bottom. If the student wishes for more examples of this kind, he is referred to EXERCISE 5, p. 84.
9. Has a wise and good God furnished us with desires which have no correspondent objects, and raised expecta tions in our breasts, with no other view but to disappoint them?-Are we to be forever in search of happiness, without arríving at it, either in this world or the next?-Are we formed with a passionate longing for immortality, and yet destined to perish, after this short period of existence?Are we prompted to the noblest actions, and supported through life, under the severest hardships and most delicate temptations, by the hopes of a reward which is visionary and chimérical, by the expectation of praises, of which it is utterly impossible for us ever to have the least knowledge or enjóyment?
10. () “Whence and what art thou, execrable shape, That dar'st, though grim and terrible, advance Thy miscreated front athwart my way
To yonder gates? through them I mean to pass, 5 That be assured, without leave ask'd of thee:
Retire, or taste thy folly; and learn by proof,