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§ 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 ;
O “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 15 To waste eternal days in woe 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
25.] Page 120. Transition.
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,
1 HEARD ye those loud contending waves,
That shook Cecropia’s pillar'd state ? Saw ye the mighty from their graves Look
and tremble at her fate? Who shall calm the angry storm ? Who the mighty task perform,
And bid the raging tumult cease? See the son of Hermes rise ;
With syren tongue, and speaking eyes,
Hush the noise, and sooth to peace ! 2 Lo! from the regions of the North,
The reddening storm of battle pours ; Rolls along the trembling earth,
Fastens on the Olynthian towers. 30) “Where rests the sword ?--where sleep the
brave? Awake! Cecropia's ally save
From the fury of the blast; Burst the storm on Phocis' walls ; Rise ! or Greece for ever falls,
'Up! or Freedom breathes her last !" 4 (.) The jarring States, obsequious row,
View the Patriot's hand on high ; Thunder gathering on his brow,
Lightning flashing from his eye! 5 Borne by the tide of words along, One voice, one mind, inspire the throng :
(°)“ To arms ! to arms! to arms !" they cry, “Grasp the shield, and draw the sword, Lead us to Philippi's lord,
Let us conquer him-or die!" 6 (6) Ah Eloquence ! thou wast undone;
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,
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 ;
Sinking fast in Slavery's arms !
Giving vast conceptions birth :
Shake the pillars of the earth ! 10 First-born of Liberty divine !
Put on Religion's bright array;
The portal of eternal day!
Unfold the garments toll?d in blood !
2. 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 drum beat at dead of night,
The darkness of her scenery.
Each warriour drew his battle blade,
And furious every charger neighed,
To join the dreadful revelry:
Then rushed the steeds to battle driven,
Far flashed the red artillery,
5 And redder yet those fires shall glow,
On Linden's hills of bloodstained 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 !
And charge with all thy chivalry!
The snow shall be their winding sheet,
turf beneath their feet
Campbell. 3. Hamlet's Soliloquy. This is one of the most difficult things to read in the English language. No one should attempt it without entering into the sentiment, by recurring to the story of Hamlet. The notation which I have given, however imperfect, may at least furnish the reader with some guide in the management of his voice Want of discrimination, has been the common fault in reading this soliloquy.
To bé, or not to be? .. that is the question.-
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
No more :--and, by a sleep, to say we end
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die ;-to sleep ;10 To sleép! perchance, to dream:-Ay, there's the rùb;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
That makes calamity of so long lise ; 15 For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wròng, the proud man's contùmely,
That patient merit of the unworthy takes ; 20 When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bòdkin? who would fardels bear,
Thai ūdiscovēr'd country, from whose bourne 25 No traveller returns, puzzles the will ;
And makes us rather bear those ills we have,
And thus the native hue of resolution
And enterprises of great pith and moment,
4. Battle of Waterloo. 1 There was a sound of revelry by night,
And Belgium's capital had gathered then
* The indignant feeling awakened in Hamlet by this enumeration of particulars, requires the voice gradually to rise on each, till it comes to the mark of transition.