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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,)
(o) 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 .
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,
Resounded; and had Earth been then, all Earth 30 Had to her centre shook.
-Long time in even scale-
No equal, ranging through the dire 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 passages 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 expectations 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 yei 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,
To whom the goblin full of wrath reply'd;
“ Art thou that traitor Angel? art thou he, 10 Who first broke peace in Heav'n and faith, till then
Unbroken, and in proud rebellious arms
And they, outcast from God, are here condemn'd 5 To waste eternal days in wo and pain?
And reckon’st thou thyself with spi'rits of Heav'n,
Thy king and lord? Back to thy punishment, 20 False fugitive, and to thy speed add wings,
Lest with a whip of scorpions I pursue
Page 60. EXERCISE 20. The Exercises of the foregoing head were designed to accustom the voice to exertion on the extreme notes of its compass, high and low. The following Exercises under this head are intended to accustom the voice to those sudden transitions which sentiment often requires, not only as to pitch, but also as to quantity.
The Power of Eloquence.
That shook Cecropia’s pillar'd state?
up, and tremble at her fate?
And bid the raging tumult cease?
Hush the noise, and soothe to peace! 2 Lo! from the regions of the North,
The reddening storm of battle pours;
Fastens on the Olynthian towers. * The two preceding are good examples of the intensive, in distinction from the common slide.
“Where rests the sword?—where sleep the brave? Awake! Cecropia's ally save
From the fury of the blast;
Up! or freedom breathes her last!"
View the Patriot's hand on high;
Lightning flashing from his eye!
(°)" To arms! to arms! to arms!” they cry,
Grasp the shield and draw the sword,
Let us conquer him—or die!"
Wast from thy native country driven, When Tyranny eclips'd the sun,
And blotted out the stars of heaven. 7 When Liberty from Greece withdrew, And o'er the Adriatic flew,
To where the Tiber pours his urn, She struck the rude Tarpeian rock; Sparks were kindled by the shock
Again thy fires began to burn! 8 Now, shining forth, thou mad'st compliant
The Conscript Fathers to thy charms; Rous'd the world-bestriding giant,
Sinking fast in Slavery's arms! 9 I see thee stand by Freedom's fane, Pouring the persuasive strain,
Giving vast conceptions birth: Hark! I hear thy thunder's sound, Shake the Forum round and round
Shake the pillars of the earth! 10 First-born of Liberty divine!
Put on Religion's bright array;
Speak! and the starless grave shall shine
The portal of eternal day! 11 Rise, kindling with the orient beam; Let Calvary's hill inspire the theme!
Unfold the garments roll’d in blood! O touch the soul, touch all her chords, With all the omnipotence of words,
And point the way to heaven—to God.
EXERCISE 21. Hohenlinden.... Description of a Battle with Firearms. 1 (.) On Linden, when the sun was low,
All bloodless lay the untrodden snow,
Of Iser rolling rapidly.
(<) When the drūm bēat at dēad of night,
The darkness of her scenery.
Each warrior drew his battle blade,
To join the dreadful revelry.
Then rushed the steeds to battle driven,
Far Adshed the red artillery.
On Linden's hills of blood-stained snow;
Of Iser rolling rapidly.
Can pierce the war clouds, rolling dun,
Shout in their sulph’rous canopy.
Who rush to glory, or the grave!