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When to their sports they turn'd. Immediately
Was Samson as a public servant brought,
In their state livery clad : before him pipes
And timbrels, on each side went armed guards,
Both horse and foot; before him and behind,
Archers and slingers, cataphracts and spears.
At sight of him, the people with a shout
Rifted the air, clamoring their God with praise,
Who had made their dreadful enemy their thrall.

patient, but undaunted, where they led him,
Came to the place; and what was set before him,
Which without help of eye might be assay'd,
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heave, pull, draw, or break, he still perform'd,
All with incredible, stupendous force;
None daring to appear antagonist.
At length, for intermission's sake, they led him
Between the pillars; he his guide requested,
As over-tird, to let him lean awhile
With both his arms on those two massy pillars,
That to the arched roof gave main support.
He, unsuspicious, led him ; which, when Samson
Felt in his arms, with head awhile inclin’d,
And eyes fast-fix’d, he stood, as one who pray'd,
Or some great matter in his mind revolv'd:1
At last, with head erect, thus cried aloud :
“Hitherto, lords, what your commands impos'

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I have perform’d, as reason was, obeying,
Not without wonder or delight beheld:
Now, of my own accord, such other trial
I mean to show you of my strength, yet greater,
As with amaze shall strike all who behold."

This utter'd, straining all his nerves, he bow'd:
B As with the force of winds and waters pent,

When mountains tremble, those two massy pillars
With horrible convulsion to and fro
He tugga, he shook, till down they came, -- and drew
The whole roof after them with burst of thunder,
Upon the heads of all who sat beneath;
Lords, ladies, captains, counsellors, or priests,
Their choice nobility and flower,
Met from all parts, to solemnise this feast.
Samson with these immix'd, inevitably
Pull'd down the same destruction on himself!

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2. EXERCISE ON RHYTHMICAL READING.

The object of the following exercise is practically to school the ear of the pupil to a just rhythmical pulsation of voice in the reading of verse: for that purpose, the accents are marked as a guide to the pupil for pulsation and remission of voice; he must also fill up the rhythm with proper rests.

BOADICEA.--CowPER.

When the British warrior-queen,

Bleeding from the Roman rods, Sought, with an indignant mien,

Counsel of her country's gods,

Sage, beneath a spreading oak,

Sat the Druid, hóary chet, Ev'ry búrning word he spoke,

Fúll of rage, and full of grief.

Príncess, if our aged eyes

Weep upon thy matchless wrongs, This because resentment ties

Áll the terrors of our tongues.

“ Rome shall perish! write that word

In the blood that she has spist; Pérish, hopeless and abhorred,

Deep in rúin, as in guilt!

“ Róme, for empire fár renown'd,

Tramples on a thousand states ; Soon her príde shall kiss the ground

Hárk. the Gául is at her gates!

Other Romans shall arise,

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TO THE EAGLE.—PERCIVAL.

Bird of the broad and sweeping wing,

Thy home is high in heav'n, Where wide the storms their banners fling,

And the tempest clouds are drivin. Thy throne is on the mountain top;

Thy fields, the boundless aír ; And hóary peaks that proudly prop

The skies, thy dwellings áre.

Thou síttest like a thing of light

Amíd the noon-tide bláze:
The midway sun is clear and bright;

It cannot dím thy gaze.
Thy pínions to the rushing blást

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O'er the bursting bíllow spread,
Where the vessel plunges, húrry past

, Like an angel of the dead.

Thou art perch'd aloft on the beetling crag,

And the waves are white below, And on, with a háste that cannot lag,

They rush in an endless flow, Again thou hast plumed thy wing for flight,

To lands beyond the sea;

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