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O woman! | thine is still the power,
Denied to all but only thee,
To harass life's eventful sea. I
Beneath a wide, and boundless sky., | Long shall thy praise his tongue, employ, ł
Sylph of the blue, and beaming eye !!
ODE ON THE PASSIONS.
Amid the chords, bewilder'd, laid,
E'en at the sound himself had made. Next, An'ger rush'd'; his eyes on fire,
In lightnings own'd his secret stings. ; | In one rude clash, he struck the lyre', |
And swept, with hurried hand, the strings. I With wo'ful measures, wan Despair, |
Low sullen sounds his grief beguild. ; | A solemn', strange', and mingl'd air:
'T was sad by fits; | by starts, 't was wild. But thou, O Hope! with eyes so fair, 1
What was thy delighted meas ure ? |
And bade the lovely scenes at distance hail,!!
And, from the rocks', | the woods', I the vale', ] She callid on echo still, through all the song : 1
And, where her sweetest theme she chose,
A soft, responsive voice was heard at every close ; And Hope, enchanted, smild, and wav'd her golden hair. And longer had she sung; 1 but, with a frown,
Revenge', impatient, rose : ! He threw his blood-stain'd sword in thunder down-1
And with a withering look,
The war-denouncing trumpet took, |
And ever, and anon, he beat |
The doubling drum with furious heat : 1 And, though, sometimes, each dreary pause between, /
Dejected Pity, at his side, !
Her soul-subduing voice, applied ; I Yet still he kept his wild, unalter'd mien, While each straind ball of sight, / seem'd bursting
from his head. 1
Sad proof of thy distress'ful state !!
And, from her wild, sequester'd seat, |
In notes by distance made more sweet, Pour'd through the mellow horn her pensive soul;
And, dashing soft from rocks around, i
Bubbling runnels join'd the sound ; I Through glades, and glooms, the minglid measure stole, Or, o'er some haunted stream, with fond delay, |
Round a holy calm diffusing,
Love of peace, and lonely musing, 1 In hollow murmurs, died away. | But, O! how alter'd was its spright'lier tone, | When Cheerfulness, | a nymph of healthiest hue,
Her bow across her shoulder flung, ! Her buskins gemm'd with morning dew,
Blew an inspiring air, 1 that dale and thicket rung',l The hunter's call', I to fawn and dryad known. |
The oak-crown'd sisters, and their chaste-ey'd queen,
He, with viny crown advancing, 1
But soon he saw the brisk, awakening viol Whose sweet, entrancing voice he lov'd the best.
They would have thought, who heard the strain, They saw in Tempe's vale her native maids, Amidst the festal-sounding shades !
To some unwearied minstrel dancing, I While, as his flying fingers kiss'd the strings, I Love fram’d with Mirth, a gay, fantastic round : 1 Loose were her tresses seen, 1 her zone, unboundi ; !
And he, amidst the frolic play, !
As if he would the charming air repay', Shook thousand odours from his dewy wings.
SPEECH OF PATRICK HENRY.
Mr. President - It is natural to man, to indulge in the illusions of hope. | We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that syren till she transforms us into beasts. | Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great, and arduous struggle for lib'erty? | Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, I and having ears, hear not | the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? | For my part, I whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, | I am willing to know the whole truth - to know the worst', I and to provide for it.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided ; | and that is the lamp of experience. 1 I know of no way of judging of the future, but by the past': / and, judging by the past, | I wish to know | what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years' | to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the house? | Is it that insidious smile I with which our petition has been lately received' ? | Trust it not, sir - it will prove a snare to your feet, : | suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss.
Ask yourselves | how this gracious reception of our petition, | comports with those warlike preparations | which cover our waters, and darken our land. | Are fleets, and armies | necessary to a work of love, and reconcilia'tion ? | Have we shown ourselves so unwil. ling to be reconciled, I that force must be called in I to win back our love' ? | Let us not deceive' ourselves, sir : | these are the implements of war, I and subjuga'tion — | the last arguments | to which kings resort. I
I ask gentlemen, sir, I what means this martial array | if its purpose be not to force us to submis'sion?
" Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it?
Has Great Britain any enemy in this quarter of the world | to call for all this accumulation of navies, and ar'mies? | No', sir, I she has none'. | They are meant for us': | they can be meant for no other. | They are sent over to bind, and rivet upon us | those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. I And what have we to oppose to them? | Shall we try ar'gument ? | Sir, I we have been trying that for the last ten years': | Have we any thing new to offer upon the sub'ject? | Noth'ing. ! We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable ; | but it has been all in vain. /
Shall we resort to entreaty, and humble supplica'tion? | What terms shall we find, which have not been already exhausted ? | Let us not, I beseech you, sir, | deceive ourselves longer. | Sir, I we have done every thing that could be done / to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have peti'tioned ;/ we have remon'strated, we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne', / and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry, and parliament. | Our petitions have been sligh'ted ; | our remonstrances , have produced additional violence, and in'sult; our supplications have been disregarded ; | and we have been spurned with contempt, | from the foot of the throne. I
In vain, after these things, I may we indulge the fond hope of peace, and reconciliation. - | There is no longer any room for hope. | If we wish to be free, if we mean to preserve inviolate I those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle , in which we have been so long engaged, l'and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon | until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained', l’we must fight? | I repeat it, sir, I we must fight ! | An appeal to arms, l'and to the God of Hosts, 1 is all that is left us. 1
Britân; not Brit”n. Egz-hàst'êd; not egz-àst'éd.