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Who better seen than I in shepherd's arts,
The jolly youths I fly and all alone
Deprecation To rocks and woods pour forth my fruitless moan.
Tho' not so fair, she would have prov'd more kind.
Part of Socrates' Speech to Montaigne, in the French DIALOGUES
ANTIQUITY is an object of a peculiar sort :
(1) A long paufe.
were alive, we esteemed our ancestors more than they deserved. And our posterity esteem us more than we deserve. But the very truth of the matter is, our ancestors, and we, and our posterity, are all very much alike.
AUTHORITY AND FORBIDDING.
Jupiter forbids the Gods and Goddesses taking any part in the contention between the Greeks and Trojans.
When Jove conven'd the senate of the skies,
Where high Olympus' cloudy tops arise,
"Celestial states! immortal gods! give ear; (1) Authority. Hear our decree; and rev'rence what ye hear; The fix'd decree, which not all heaven can move; Thou, Fate! fulfil it; and ye, Powers, approve. (2) What god shall enter yon forbidden field, Who yields assistance, or but wills to yield. Back to skies with shame he shall be driven, Gash'd with dishonest wounds, the scorn of heaven. (3) Or from our sacred hill, with fury thrown,
(1) There are three pretty long pauses to be made in this line, at the words, ftates, gods, and ear. The words, Celestial flates! may be fpoken with the right arm extended, the palin upwards, and the look directed toward the right, as addreffing that part of the affembly. The words immortal gods! with the left arm extended, in the fame manner, (the right continuing likewife extended) and the look directed toward the left hand part of the affembly. And the words, give ear, with the look bent directly forward. See Authority, page 22.
(2) At the words, What god fhall enter, the left arm, which fhould continue extended, with the right, to the beginuing of this fourth line of the speech, may be drawn in, and placed upon the hip, while the right is brandifhed with the clenched fift, as in threatening. See Boafting, page 22.
(3) The fpeaker will naturally here point downward with the fore-finger of his right hand.
Deep, in the dark Tartarian gulph, shall groan ;
As deep beneath th' infernal centre hurl'd,
Whose strong embrace holds heaven, and earth, and main.
Strive all of mortal and immortal birth,
*Contempt To drag by this the Thunderer down to earth, +Challeng- (2) Ye* strive in vain, if I † but stretch this hand, ing. I heave the gods, the ocean, and the land. I fix the chain to great Olympus' height, And the vast world hangs trembling in my sight. For such I reign unbounded, and above; And such are men and gods, compar'd to Jove.
An ODE, from the xixth Pfalm.
THE lofty pillars of the sky,
(Spect. No. 465.)
And spacious concave rais'd on high,
(1) "Let each," &c. The fpeaker may here again extend both arms as before, the open palms upwards, cafting a look over the whole room, fuppofe to be filled with the gods.
(2) The fpeaker will do well here, to have his arms in any other pofture rather than extended; because, after the paufe in the middle of the line, the right arm must be extended with great folemnity.
And publishes to ev'ry land
The work of an Almighty hand.
Soon as the ev'ning shades prevail,
Whilst all the stars, that round her burn,
What, tho' in solemn silence, all
DESCRIPTION, SUBLIME AND
The fight about Patrocles' body, broke off by Achilles' appearing on the rampart, unarmed, and calling aloud. (Pope's Hom. II. xviii. v. 241.)
THE hero rose,
Her Egis Pallas o'er his shoulder throws;
Reflecting blaze on blaze against the skies.
High on the rampart (1) rais'd his voice aloud. With her own shout Minerva swells the sound Troy starts astonish'd, and the shores rebound. As the loud trumpet's brazen mouth from far, With shrilling clangor sounds th' alarm of war, Trepidation So high his dreadful voice the hero rear'd;
(2) Hosts dropp'd their arms, and trembled as they
And back the chariots roll, and coursers bound,
Humorous petition of a French gentleman to the king, who had given him a title, to which his income was not equal, by reafon of the weight of the taxes levied from his estate. (Pens. Ing. Anc. Mod. p. 428.)
[After acknowledging the honour done him by the king's conferring on him a title, he goes on as follows.]
YOUR Majesty has only made me more un
happy by giving me a title. For there is nothing more pitiable than a gentleman loaded with a Vexation, knapsack. This empty sound, which I was such
(1) The reader will hardly need to be told, that fuch matter ought to be expreffed with a raifed voice.
(2) These three lines to be spoken quicker than the rest.