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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!


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4. Methinks I see Death and the Furies waiting
What we will do, and all the Heavens at leisure
For the great spectacle. Draw, then, your swords,
And, should our destiny begrudge our virtue
The honor of the day, let us take care
To sell ourselves at such a price as may
Undo the world to buy us!


§ 57. Exercises in Monotone. (See $ 32.)

1. And like the baseless fabric of this vision,

The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself, -
Yea, all which it inherit`, shall dissolve',
And, like this unsubstantial pageant, faded' —
Leave' not a rack` behind'.

2. Creation sleeps. 'Tis as the general pulse
Of life stood still, and Nature made a pause,
An awful pause, prophetic of her end.

3. High on a throne of royal state, which far
Outshone the wealth of Ormus or of Ind,
Or where the gorgeous East, with richest hand,
Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold,
Satan exalted sat.

4. I am thy father's spirit,

Doomed for a certain term to walk the night;
And, for the day, confined to fast in fires`,

Till the foul crimes, done in my days of nature,
Are burned and purged away, But that I am forbid

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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;
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres;
Thy knotted and combin-ed locks to part,
And each particular hair to stand on end,
Like quills upon the fretful porcupine:
But this eternal blazon must not be
To ears of flesh and blood. List, list, O list!
If thou didst ever thy dear father love,
Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.


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They cannot render back

The golden bowl that's broken at the fountain,
Or mend the wheel that's broken at the cistern,
Or twist again the silver cord that's loosed.
Yea! life for life, vile bankrupts as they are,
Their worthless lives, for his of countless price,
Is their whole wherewithal to pay the debt.

§ 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 ;
And that which He delights in, must be happy.

3. Therefore, thou gaudy gold,

(Hard food for Midas!) I will none of thee.
Nor none of thee, thou pale and common drudge
"Tween man and man; but thou, thou meagre lead,
(Which rather threat'nest than dost promise aught),

Thy paleness moves me more than eloquence,
And here choose I. Joy be the consequence!

4. Hear me, recreant!

On thine allegiance hear me.

Since thou hast sought to make us break our vow,
(Which we durst never yet,) and with strained pride,
To come betwixt our sentence and our power,
(Which nor our nature nor our place can bear,)
Our potency made good, take thy reward.

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

to us.

7. His spear (to equal which the tallest pine
Hewn on Norwegian hills to be the mast
Of some great admiral, were but a wand)
He walked with to support uneasy steps
Over the burning marle.

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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?

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§ 59. Exercises in Emphasis. (See § 33.).


1. 'Tis hard to say, if greater want of skill
Appear in writing or in judging ill.

But of the two less dangerous is the offense
To tire the patience than mislead the sense;
Some few in that, but numbers err in this:
Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss.

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
Is worth a whole eternity in bondage.

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;
Where foxes.. GEESE! You are no surer — no ! —
Than is the coal of fire upon the ice,'


Or hailstone in the sun. . . . . He that depends
Upon your favors swims with fins of lead,
And hews down oaks with rushes. Hang ye!
With every minute you do change a mind:
And call him noble, that was now your hate, -
Him vile, that was your garland.

Trust ye?

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!
Is it not monstrous, that this player here,
But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
Could force his soul so to his own conceit,
That, from her working, all his visage wanned:
Tears in his eyes, distraction in his aspect,
A broken voice, and his whole function suiting
With forms to his conceit? And all for nothing!
For Hecuba!

What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
That he should weep for her?

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!


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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

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