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broidered, 'mid sun and rain, 'mid fire and steam, her own heraldic honors? Ashamed of these tokens and titles, and envious of the flaunting robes of imbecile idleness and vanity? It is treason to Nature, it is impiety to Heaven, it is breaking Heaven's great ordinance. TOIL, I repeat, — TOIL, either of the brain, of the heart, or of the hand, is the only true manhood, the only true nobility!
4. Methinks I see Death and the Furies waiting
§ 57. Exercises in Monotone. (See $ 32.)
1. And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
2. Creation sleeps. 'Tis as the general pulse
3. High on a throne of royal state, which far
4. I am thy father's spirit,
Doomed for a certain term to walk the night;
Till the foul crimes, done in my days of nature,
To tell the secrets of my prison-house,
I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul; freeze thy young blood;
5. MONOTONE WITH TRANSITION.
They cannot render back
The golden bowl that's broken at the fountain,
§ 58. Exercises in Parenthesis.
Read the Remarks, § 31, p. 20, in regard to the parenthesis as affording a good exercise in changing from one key to another.
1. Pride in some particular disguise or other (often a secret to the proud man himself) is the most ordinary spring of action among men.
2. If there's a Power above us
(And that there is, all Nature cries aloud
Through all her works), He must delight in virtue ;
3. Therefore, thou gaudy gold,
(Hard food for Midas!) I will none of thee.
Thy paleness moves me more than eloquence,
4. Hear me, recreant!
On thine allegiance hear me.
Since thou hast sought to make us break our vow,
5. The great distinction of a nation, (the only one worth possessing, and which brings after it all other blessings,) is the prevalence of pure principle among the citizens.
6. Man's use and function (and let him who will not grant me this, follow me no further), is to be the witness of the glory of God, and to advance that glory by his reasonable obedience and resultant happiness. Whatever enables us to fulfill this function is (in the pure and first sense of the word) useful
7. His spear (to equal which the tallest pine
8. I had letters from him (here I felt in my pockets) that exactly spoke the Czar's character, which I knew perfectly well.
9. Young master was alive last Whitsuntide, said the coachman. Whitsuntide! alas! cried Trim, (extending his right arm, and falling instantly into the same attitude in which he read the sermon,) what is Whitsuntide, Jonathan, (for that was the coachman's name,) or Shrovetide, or any tide or time past, to this? Are we not here now, (continued the corporal, striking the end of his stick perpendicularly upon the floor, so as to give an idea of health and stability,) and are we not (dropping his hat upon the ground) gone in a moment?
§ 59. Exercises in Emphasis. (See § 33.).
1. 'Tis hard to say, if greater want of skill
But of the two less dangerous is the offense
2. When a Persian soldier was reviling Alexander the Great, his officer reprimanded him by saying, Sir, you were paid to fight against Alexander, and not to rail at him.
3. A day, an HOUR, of virtuous liberty
4. The question with me is, not whether you have a right to render your people miserable, but whether it is not your interest to make them happy. It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do, but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do. Is a politic act the worse for being a generous one? Is no concession proper, but that which is made from your want of right to keep what you grant? Or does it lessen the grace or or dignity of relaxing in the exercise of an odious claim, because you have your evidence-room full of titles, and your magazines stuffed with arms to enforce them? What signify all those titles, and all those arms? Of what avail are they, when the reason of the thing tells me that the assertion of my title is the loss of my suit, and that I could do nothing but wound myself by the use of my own weapons?
5. He that trusts you,
Where he should find you lions, finds you . . HARES;
Or hailstone in the sun. . . . . He that depends
6. Do you hear, Æschines? It pertains only to the gods to control fortune and command success. To them the power of assuring victory to armies is ascribed, not to the statesman, but to the gods. Wherefore, then, execrable wretch, wherefore upbraid me with what has happened? Why denounce against me, what may the just gods reserve for the heads of you and yours!
7. Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!
What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
8. The weakest reasoners are always the most positive in debate; and the cause is obvious; for those are unavoidably driven to maintain their pretensions by violence, who want arguments and reasons to prove that they are in the right.
9. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his. . humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be, by.. Christian.. example? Why, revenge!
10. And me, too me, but the other day, they would have borne in triumph; and now they cry in the streets, THE GREAT TREASON OF THE COUNT OF MIRABEAU! I needed not this lesson to teach me, how short the distance from the Capitol to the Tarpeian Rock! But the man who battles for reason, for country, does not so easily admit that he is vanquished. He who has the consciousness that he deserves well of that country, and, above all, that he is still able to serve her; who disdains a vain celebrity, and prizes veritable glory above the successes of the day; who would speak the truth, and labor for the public weal, independently of the fluctuations of popular opinion, such a man carries in his own breast the