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WHEN Music, heavenly maid ! was young,
Amid the chords bewilder'd laid ;
Een at the sound himself had made. Next Anger rush'd, his eyes on fire,
In lightnings own'd his secret stings, With one rude clash he struck the lyre,
And swept with hurried hand the strings. With woful measures. wan Despair
Low sullen sounds his grief beguild: A solemn, strange, and mingled air :
'Twas sad by fits, by starts 'twas wild. But thou, O Hope! with eyes so fair,
What was thy delighted measure ?
Still it whisper'd promis'd pleasure,
And from the rocks, the woods, the vale,
And where her sweetest theme she chose,
A soft responsive voice was heard at every close ;
Revenge impatient rose.
The war-denouncing trumpet took,
Were ne'er prophetic sounds so full of wo;
The doubling drum with furious heat:
Dejected Pity at his side,
[head. While each strain'd ball of sight-seemed bursting from his Thy numbers, Jealousy, to nought were fix'd;
Sad proof of thy distressful state ;
With eyes uprais'd, as one inspired,
In notes, by distance made more sweet,
And, dashing soft from rocks around,
Bubbling, runnels join'd the sound :
Round a holy calm diffusing,
Love of peace, and lonely musing,
Her bow across her shoulder flung,
Her buskins gemm’d with morning dew,
The hunter's call, to Faun and Dryad known;
Last came Joy's estactic trial,
He with with viny crown advancing,
Amidst the festal sounding shades,
Love fram’d with Mirth a gay fantastic round,
And he, amidst the frolic play,
As if he would the charming air repay
O Music, sphere-descended maid,
XII. ENUMERATION, OR AMPLIFICATION.
Enumeration, is that figure which numbers up the perfections or defects of persons or things, or which brings under one head the several parts of an argument, and, like the concentration of artillery in battle, when brought to act upon any given point, bears down all before it. This figure admits of various modes of delivery, agreeably to the nature of the subjects which may be enumerated, but monotone is recurred to oftener than any other mode.
“O now forever,
TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO.
“ Is it come to this ? shall an inferior magistrate, a governor, who holds his whole power of the Roman people, in a Roman province, within sight of Italy, bind, scourge, tortire with fire and red hot plates of iron, and at last, put to the infamous death of the cross, a Roman citizen ? Shall neither the cries of innocence expiring in agony, nor the tears of pitying spectators, nor the majesty of the Roman Commonwealth, nor the fear of the justice of his country, restrain the licentious and wanton cruelty of a monster, who, in confidence of his riches, strikes at the root of liberty and sets mankind at dcfiance ?"
Cicero AGAINST VERRES.
“I cannot name this genileman, without remarking, that his labors, and writings, have done much to open the eyes and the hearts of mankind. He has visited all Europe--not to survey the sumptuousness of palaces, or the stateliness of temples; not to make accurate measurements of the remains of ancient grandeur, nor to form a scale of the curiosities of modern art; not to collect medals, or col. late manuscripts ; but to dive into the depths of dungeons ; to plunge into the infection of hospitals ; to survey the mansions of sorrow and of pain, and to take the guage and dimensions of misery, depression, and contempt; to remember the forgotten ; to attend to the neglected; to visit the forsaken; and to compare, and collate, the distresses of all men in all countries."
BURKE'S EULOGIUM ON HOWARD.
Extract from a Sermon of the Rev. Thomas Gisborne, M. A. on the happiness attendant on the paths of religion. “ Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”
Prov. iii. 17. “ Among the internal demonstrations of the truth of christianity, the excellence of the appropriate lessons respectively addressed in the sacred writings to different description of men, holds a distinguished place. To the wicked the scripture speaks the language of indig. nation, tempered with offers of mercy. To the penitent it promises
forgiveness. The righteous it animates with triumphant hope.
To the ignorant it holds forth instruction ; to the unwary, caution ; to the presumptuous, humility ; to the feeble-minded, support; to the wavering, perseverance; to the dispirited, encouragement; to the afflicted, consolation. Who but that power who discerns every va. riety of the human disposition ; every winding of the human heart; could have been the author of a religion thus provided with a reme. dy for every corruption ; a defence under every weakness ?"
Extract from pleadings of Sir George McKenzie against
a woman accused of the murder of her child, “Gentlemen, if one man had any how slain another, if an adver. sary had killed his opposer, or a woman occasioned the death of her enemy, even these criminals would have been capitally punished by the Cornelian law; but, if this guiltless infant, who could make no enemy, had been murdered by its own nurse, what punishment would not then the mother have demanded ? with what cries and exclama. tions would she have stunned our ears? What shall we say the when a woman, guilty of homicide, a mother, of the murder of her innocent child, hath comprised all those misdeeds in one single crime; a crime, in its own nature detestable ; in a woman prodigious ; in a mother, incredible; and perpetrated against one whose age called for compassion, whose near relation claimed affection, and whose innocence deserved the highest favour ?"
XIII. PAUSES. The number, names, and utility of the pauses used in reading and speaking,' must be too well known to need description here. Perhaps it may not be superfluous to make two or three remarks ; first, that the interrogatory point has two inflections, the rising and the falling one. The rising, when the question is formed without an interrogative word at its commencement, the falling, when an interrogative word commences it. Example the first.
Suppose a person generally well informed, can he say that his education is perfect, if, when asked to read or recite, he feel inade. quate ?"
Of the last.
" Who is here so base, that would be a bondman ? Who is here 80 rude, that would not be a Roman? Who is here so vile, that would not love his country ?"