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'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful:". She wish'd she had not heard it;—yet she wish'd That heav'n had made her such a man;-She thank'd
me; And bade me, if I had a friend that lov'd her, I should but teach him how to tell my story, And that would woo her. On this hint I spake. She lov'd me for the dangers I had past; And I lov'd her that she did pity them. - This, only, is the witchcraft I have used.
HENRY V. BEFORE HARFLEUR.
SHAKSPEARE. ONCE more unto the breach, dear friends! once more Or close the wall up with our English dead. In
peace, there's nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility: But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger: Stiffen the sinews, -summon up the blood, Disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage: Then lend the eye a terrible aspect; Let it pry through the portage of the head, Like the brass cannon;-let the brow o’erwhelm it As fearfully, as doth a galled rock O'erhang and jutty his confounded base, Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth, and stretch the nostril wide ; Hold hard the breath, and bend up every spirit To his full height!-On, on, you noble English, Whose blood is set from fathers of war-proof! Fathers that, like so many Alexanders, Have, in these parts, from morn till even fought, And sheath'd their swords for lack of argument. Dishonour not your mothers. Now attest That those whom you call’d fathers did beget you! Be copy now to men of grosser blood, And teach them how to war!--And you, good yeomer Whose limbs were made in England, shew us here The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding:
: which I doubt not:
The game's afoot.
MILTON. O THOU, that with surpassing glory crown'd, Look'st from thy sole dominion like the God Of this new world; at whose sight all the stars Hide their diminish'd heads; to thee I call, But with no friendly voice, and add thy name, O sun, to tell thee how I hate thy beams, That bring to my remembrance from what state I fell, how glorious once above thy sphere; Till pride and worse ambition threw me down, Warring in Heav'n against Heav'n's matchless King: Ah, wherefore! he deserv'd no such return From me, whom he created what I was In that bright eminence, and with his good Upbraided none: nor was his service hard. What could be less than to afford him praise, The easiest recompense, and pay him thanks, How due! yet all his good prov'd ill in me, And wrought but malice; lifted up so high I disdained subjection, and thought one step higher Would set me highest, and in a moment quit The debt immense of endless gratitude, So burdensome, still paying, still to owe, Forgetful what from him I still receiv'd, And understood not that a grateful mind By owing, owes not but still pays, at once Indebted and discharg'd; what burden then? 0, had his powerful destiny ordain'd Me some inferiour angel, I had stood Then happy; no unbounded hope had rais'd
Ambition. Yet why not? some other power
This knows my Punisher; therefore as far
PAPER: A CONVERSATIONAL PLEASANTRY.
Various the papers, various wants produce :
Pray note the fop ;-balf powder, and half lace!
Mechanics, servants, farmers, and so forth, Are copy-paper of inferior worth ; Less priz'd; more useful ; for your desk decreed; Free to all pens, and prompt at every need.
The wretch whom avarice bids to pinch and spare, Starve, cheat and pilfer, to enrich an heir, Is coarse brown paper ; such as pedlars choose To wrap up wares which better men will use.
Take next the miser's contrast ; who destroys Health, fame and fortune in a round of joys. Will any paper match him? Yes, throughout : He's a true sinking paper, past all doubt.
The retail politician's anxious thought
The hasty gentleman, whose blood runs high ;
What are our poets ? (take them as they fallGood, bad, rich, poor ; much read ; not read at all,) Them and their works in the same class you'll find : They are—the mere waste-paper of mankind.
Observe the maiden, innocently sweet !
One instance more, and only one, I'll bring!
THE OLD CHEESE;