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As not behind in hate, if what was urg'd,
Ominous conjecture on the whole success,5 When he, who most excels in fact of arms,
In what he counsels, and in what excels,
Of all his aim, after some dire revenge. 10 First whàt revenge?
The tow'rs of Heav'n are fill'd
Scout far and wide into the realm of night,
By fòrce, and at our heels all hèll should rise,
All incorruptible, would on his throne 20 Sit unpolluted, and th' ethereal mould,
Incapable of stain, would soon expel
Is flat despair: we must exasperate
And that must end us, that must be our cure,
Those thoughts that wander through eternity, 30 To perish rather, swallow'd up and lost
In the wide womb of uncreated night,
Can give it, or will ever? how he car 35 Is doubtful; that he never will is sure. Milton.
-Aside the Devil turn'd
"Sight hateful, sight tormenting! thus these two
Of bliss on bliss; while I to Hell am thrust, Where neither joy nor love, but fierce desire, (Amongst our other torments not the least,)
Still unfulfilled, with pain of longing pines. 5 Yet let me not forget what I have gain'd
From their own mouths: all is not theirs it seems;
Forbidden them to tàste. Knowledge forbidden? 10 Suspicious, rèasonless! Why should their Lord
Envý them thàt? Can it be sín to know?
The proof of their obedience and their faith? 15 O fair foundation laid whereon to build
Their ruin! Hence I will excite their minds
To keep them low, whom knowledge might exàlt 20 Equal with Gòds: aspiring to be such,
They taste and die; what likelier can ensue?
A chance, but chance, may lead where I may meet 25 Some wand'ring spi'rit of Heav'n, hy fountain side,
Or in thick shade retir’d, from him to draw
Short pleasures for LONG WOES are to succeed.” 30 () So saying, his proud step he scornful turn'd,
But with 'sly circumspection, and began,
Page 27. bottom. Difference between the common and the
intensive inflection. I place this here, rather than under Inflections, because, intensive slide so often stands connected with emphasis. The difficulty to be avoided may be seen sufficiently in an example or two. There is a general tendency to make the slide of the voice as great in degree, when there is little stress, as when there is much; whereas, in the former case, the slide should be gentle, and sometimes hardly percep tible.
Common slide. To play with important truths; to disturb the repose of established ténets; to subtilize objections; and elude proof, is too often the sport of youthful vanity, 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 wánt; 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 resouroes of our enemies, and to supply those in which our country was deféctive?-And all this you gained by my counsels, and
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, fc.
COMPASS OF VOICE.
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 heavens also and came 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 pàs sed, 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 heaven depărted as a scröll, 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 great 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 dead, small and grēat, 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 rölls its awful bürthen 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
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
(Such as of late o'er pale Britannia past,) 25 Calm and serene he drives the furious blast;
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,