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mandates of imprisonment or confiscation, of banishment or dèath;' They will reply to you, ' A Roman Consul.' 'Ques tion them, 'What haughty conqueror lead through his city, their nobles and kings in chàins; and exhibited their countrymen, by thousands, in gladiators' shows for the amusement of his fellow citizens'. They will tell you: "A Roman Gèneral.' Require of them, What tyrants imposed the heaviest yòke;-enforced the most rigorous exàctions -inflicted the most savage punishments, and showed the greatest gust for blood and torture;' They will exclaim to you, The Roman people.'
4. Let us now consider the principal point, whether the place where they encountered was most favorable to Milo, or to Clodius. Were the affair to be represented only by painting, instead of being expressed by words, it would even then clearly appear which was the traitor, and which was free from all mischievous designs. When the one was sitting in his chariot, muffled up in his cloak, and his wife along with him; which of these circumstances was not a very great incùmbrance ¿ the dress, the chariot, or the compànion: How could he be worse equipped for engagement, when he was wrapt up in a clòak, embarrassed with a chariot, and almost fettered by his wife Observe the other now, in the first place, sallying out on a sudden from his seat; for what reason ;-in the evening; what ùrged him ;- làte; to what purpose, especially at that season —He calls at Pompey's seat; with what view: To see Pompey? He knew he was at Àlsium.-To see his house? He had been in it a thousand times—What then could be the reason of this loitering and shifting aboutį He wanted to be upon the spot when Milo came up.
5. Wherefore cèase we then;
Whatever doing, what can we suffer more,
Thus sitting, thus consulting, thus in arms?
The deep to shelter us--this Hell then seem'd 10 A réfuge from those wounds: or when we lay
Chain'd on the burning lake,—that sùre was worse.
And plunge us in the flàmesį or from above 15 Should intermitted vengeance arm again
His red right-hand to plàgue us: what if all
Impendent horrors, threat’ning hideous fall 20 One day upon our heads; while we perhaps,
Designing or exhorting glorious war,
Of wracking whirlwinds; or forever sunk 25 Under yon boiling ocean, wrapt in chàins;
There to converse with everlasting groans,
6. But, first, whom shall we send
The dark unbottom'd infinite abyss,
His uncouth way, or spread his airy flight,
The happy isle¿ what strength, what art, can then 10 Suffice, or what evasion bear him safe
Through the strict senteries and stations thick
Choice in our suffrage; for on whom we send, 15 The weight of all, and our last hòpe, relies.
EXERCISE 8. Page 34. Language of authority, of surprise, and of distress, commonly requires the falling inflection. Denun
ciation, reprehension, &c. come under this head. 1. Go to the ànt, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and
be wise:—which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?-Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:-So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an arm ed man.
2. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man that had not on a wedding-garment:-And he saith unto him, friend, how camest thou in hither, not haying a wedding-garment? And he was speechless.—Then said the king to the servants, bind him, hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
3. Then he which had received the one talent came, and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed:-And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, thou wicked and slòthful servant,—thou knewest that I reap where I sowed nòt,* and gather where I have not strewed:
-Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers,
and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.—And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer dàrkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
4. Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not. Wò unto thee, Chorazin! wò unto thee Bethsaida! for if the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon,t they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tòlerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgement than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shall be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in
* This clause uttered with a high note and the falling slide, expresses censure better with the common punctuation, than if it were marked with the interrogation.
+ Even in Tyre and Sidon, is the paraphrase of the emphasis.
Sodom it would have remained until this day.-But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgement, than for thee.
5. Such, sir, was once the disposition of a people, who now surround your throne with reproaches and complàints. Do justice to yourself. Banish from your mind those unworthy opinions, with which some interested persons have labored to possèss you.
Distrust the men who tell you that the English are naturally light and inconstant; that they complain without a cause. Withdraw your confidence equally from all parties; from ministers, favorites, and relations; and let there be one moment in your life, in which you have consulted your own understanding.
6. You have done that, you should be sorry for.
That they pass by me as the idle wind, 5 Which I respect not.
I did send to you
I had rather coin my heart,
By any indirection. I did send
denied me: Was that done like Cassius?
To lock such rascal counters from his friends,
7. The war, that for a space did fail,
And-Stanley! was the cry;
And fired his glazing eye:
* The reader will observe, that the notation is more various, as the examples become longer, including more variety of rhetorical prin. ciples.
With dying hand, above his head,
8. So judge thou still, presumptuous!-till the wrath, Which thou incurr’st by Aying, meet thy flight, Sev’nfold, and scourge that wisdom back to Hell,
Which taught thee yet no better, that no pain 5 Can equal anger infinite provok'd.
But wherefore thou alone? wherefore with thee
Less hardy to endure? Courageous Chief!
To thy deserted host this cause of flight,
9. To whom the warrior Angel soon reply'd. To say, and straight unsay, pretending first Wise to fly pain, professing next the spy,
Argues no leader, but a liar, trac’d,
O sacred name of faithfulness profan'd!
Was this your discipline and faith engag’d, 10 Your military obedience, to dissolve
Allegiance to th' acknowledg’d Pow'r supreme?
Once fàwn'd, and crìng'd, and servilely ador’d
To dispossess him, and thyself to reign.
Within these hallow'd limits thou appear,
And seal thee so, as henceforth not to scorn