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His red right-hand to plàgue us ¿ what if all
Her stores were open’d, and this firmament
Of Hell should spout her cataracts of fire,

Impendent horrors, threat'ning bideous fall
20 One day upon our heads; while we perhaps,

Designing or exhorting glorious war,
Caught in a fiery tempest, shall be hurld,
Each on bis rock transfix'd, the sport and prey

Of wracking whirlwinds; or for ever supk 25 Under yon boiling ocean, wrapt in chàins ;

There to converse with everlasting groans,
Unrèspited, unpitied, unrepriev'd,
Ages of hopeless end! This would be worse.

6. But, first, whom shall we send In search of the new world ¿ whom shall we find Sufficient ¿ who shall tempt with wand'ring feet

The dark unbottom'd infinite abyss,
5 And through the palpable obscure find out

His uncouth way, or spread his airy flight,
Upborne with indefatigable wings,
Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive

The happy islewhat strength, what art, can then 10 Suffice, or what evasion bear him safe

Through the strict senteries and stations thick
Of 'Angels watching round į Here he had need
All circumspection, and we now no less

Choice in our suffrage ; for on whom we send 15 The weight of all, and our last hòpe, relies.

13.] Page 57. Language of authority and of surprise

commonly requires the falling inflection. Denunciation, reprehension &c. come under this head.

1. Go to the ànt, thou sluggard ; consider her ways, and be wise :--which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep ?Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep :--So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

2. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man that had not on a wedding-garment :-And he saith unto him, friend, how camest thou in hìther, not having a wedding-garment ? And he was speechless. --Then said the king to the servants, bìnd him, hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer dàrkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

3. Then he which had received the one talent came, and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed :-And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth : lo there thou hast that is thine.--His lord answered and said unto him, thou wicked and slòthful servant,—thou knewest that I reap where I sowed nòt,* and gather where I have not strèwed :Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the

* This clanse uttered with a high note and the falling slide, expresses censure better with the common punctuation, than if it were marked with the interrogation.

exchàngers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.-Tàke therefore the talent from bim, and give it unto him which bath ten talents.And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer dàrkness : there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

4. Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not.-Wò unto thee, Chorazin! wò unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Ty're and Sidon,* they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.—But I say unto you, It shall be more tòlerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment than for you.--And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shall be brought down to hèll: for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.--But I say. unto you, That it shall be more tòlerable for the land of Sodom, in the day of judgment, than for thee.

5. Such, Sir, was once the disposition of a people, who now surround your throne with reproaches and complàints. Do justice to yoursèll. Banish from your mind those unworthy opinions, with which some interested persons have labored to possèss you. Distrust the men who tell you that the English are naturally light and incònstant; that they complain without a caùse. Withdraw your confidence equally from all parties; from ministers, favourites, and relations; and let there be one moment in your life, in which you have consulted your own understanding.

* Even in Tyre and Sidon, is the paraphrase of the emphasis.

6. You have done that, you should be sorry for. There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats ; For I am arm’d so strong in honesty,

That they pass by me, as the idle' wind, 5 Which I respect not.

I did send to you
For certain sums of gold, which you denied me ;--
For I can raise no money by vile means ;

I had rather coin my heàrt,
And drop my blood for drachmas, than to wring
10 From the bard hands of peasants their vile trash,

By any indirection. I did send
To you for gold to pay my lègions,
Which you denied me: Was that done like Cassius ?

Should I have answer'd Caius Cassius só ? 15 When Marcus Brùtus grows so covetous,

To lock such rascal counters from his friends,
Be rēady, gods, with all your thunderbolts,
Dash bim to pieces !

7. Thę war, that for a space did fail,
Now trebly thundering swelld the gale,

And—Stànley! was the cry ;-
A light on Marmion's visage spread,

And fired his glazing eye:
With dying hand, above his head,
He shook the fragment of his blade,

And shouted “Victory!
Charge, Chester, charge ! ồn, Stanley, ôn!”.
Were the last words of Marmion !

8. So judge thou still, presumptuous, till the wrath,

Which thou incurr'st by flying, meet thy flight,
Sev’nfold, and scourge that wisdom back to Hell,

Which taught thee yet no better, that no pain 5 Can equal anger infinite provok’d.

But wherefore thou alone? wherefore with thee
Came not all Hèll broke loose? is pain to them
Less pain, less to be fléd ? or thou than they

Less hardy to endúre ? Courageous Chief ! 10 The first in flight from pain !-hadst thou allèg'd

To thy deserted host this cause of flight,
Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive.

9. To whom the warrior Angel soon reply'd. To say, and straight unsay, pretending first Wise to fly pain, professing next the spy,

Argues no léader, but a liar, trac'd, 5 Sàtan !--and couldst thou fáithful add ? O name,

O sacred name of faithfulness profan'd !
Faithful to whòm? to thy rebellious créw ?
Army of Fiends !—fit body to fit head!

Was this your discipline and faith engag'd, 10 Your military obedience, to dissolve

Allegiance to th' acknowledg’d Pow'r supreme?
And thou, sly hypocrite, who now wouldst seem
Patron of liberty, who more than thou

Once fàwn'd, and crìng'd, and servilely ador'd 15 Heav'n's awful Mònarch? wherefore, but in hope

To dispossess him, and thyself to reign;
But mark what I arreed thee now ;—Avaùnt :
Fly thither whence thou flèd'st: if from this hour,
Within these hallow'd limits thou

appear, 20 Back to th' infērnal pit I drag thee chàin'd,

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