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These are his'-portion - but/ if joined to the se,
But far from us', and from our mimic sce'ne,
powers of mi'nd/ almost of boundless ra'nge,
Concluding tone. Sighing that Na'ture/ formed but on'e/ suc'h-man And broke the di'e-in mou'lding SHE'RIDAN!
The manner and voice both require a change
at “Ye Orators."
* As “no marvel” may not unjustly form the reply, the interrogation, though indefinite, appears to require the rising voice.
Pitt, Fox, and Burke.
“ Pre-eminence” should receive, for obvious reasons, a greater accentual force, accompanied with the rising slide, than any of the five rising inflections immediately above it.
THE MOTHER'S APOSTROPHE TO HER
Lo! at the cou'ch/ where in fant-beauty sle'eps, Her silent watc'h/ the mournful mother keseps ; Sh'e (while the lovely babe/ unconscious li'es) Smiles on her slumbering chi'ld/ with pensive e'yes, And weaves a so'ng/ of me'lancholy-joy“ Sle'ep, (image of thy fath'er,) slee'p, my boy': “No lingering hour of sor'row, shall be th’ine; “ No si'gh that rends thy fa'ther's hea'rt/ and miľne ; “ Bri’ght (as his manly si're) the so'n shall b'e/ “ In for'm and soʻul; but, ah'! more bles'sed than hoe! “ Thy fam'e, thy wo'rth, thy filial-love, at la'st, “ Shall sooth this aching hea'rt/ for all the past, “With many a sm'ile/ my solitude repay, « And ch'ase the world's) ungenerous sc'orn away":
“ And say', (when summoned from the woʻrld and th'ee, “ I lay my he'ad/ beneath the willow tr’ee,) “ Wilt th’ou, (sweet moʻurner !) at my sto'ne app'ear, “ And sooth my parted spirit/ lingering n'ear ? “Oh, wi'lt thou co'me (at evening hoʻur) to sh'ed/ “ The tears of Me'mory/ o'er my narrow b'ed; “ With aching temp'les/ on thy hand recli’ned, “ Muse on the last farewe'll/ I leave beh'ind, “ Breathe a deep sigh/ to winds that murmur l'ow, “ And thi'nk on all my love, and a'll my
The mournful ballad/ warbled in his e’ar ;*
THE CAPTURE OF WARSAW.
Warsaw's las't-champion, from her heights surv'eyed,
Ye't, though destruction/ sweep these lovely pla’ins, “ Ris'e, fellow-men ! our couîntry/ yet rem’ains !
By that drea'd-name, we wave the sword on hi’gh ! “ And sw'ear/ for he'r/ to li've !-with h'er/ to die !"
He said, and on the rampart-heightst arra'yed
In vai’n, ala's ! in va`in, ye gallant fe'w !
* " Ear,” like “pre-eminence," -vide preceding selection requires more force than any other preceding rising inflection in the stanza.
+ There are two modes of pronouncing this substantive ; hite, and hate; the former is the most general, and also the most accurate—the latter the most agreeable to the spelling. Milton was the patron of the former ; and Mr. Garrick's pronunciation of the noun, (which is certainly the best) was hite.
Oh ! bloodiest picture/ in the book of Ti'me,
Oh! rigʻhteous-Heaven ! ere freedo'm found a gra've,
* Every paragragph in the shape of an apostrophe must be read in a lower tone of voice, which, of course, must be regulated by the nature of the subject ; the penultimate stanza of this touching selection, beginning with “ Oh! righteous Heaven,” requires a considerably lower pitch than the descriptive one immediately preceding it ; and the last, commencing with “ Departed spirits,” requires to be read almost in a whisper.
REPLY TO HORACE WALPOLE. Right Hon. WILLIAM PITT-(Lord Chatham.)* This illustrious father of English oʻratory, having expressed himself in the House of Commons, with his accustomed e'nergy, in opposition to a bill then before the House, for preventing merc'hants from raising the wages of seamen in time of w'ar, and, ther'eby, inducing them to avoid His Majesty's service ;- his speech produced
answer from Mr. Horace Walpole, wh'o, in the cour'se-of-it, said, " Formidable sou'nds, and furious declama'tion, confident assertions, and lofty p'eriods, may affect the young and u'nexperienced ; and, perhaps, the honourable gentleman may have contracted hi's-habits of oratory, by conversing more with those of his ow'n-age, than with su'ch/ as have had more opportunities of acquiring know·ledge, and more successful m'ethods of communicating their sen'timents.” And he made use of some expre'ssions, such as v'ehemence of ge'sture, theatrical emotion, &c. and applied them to Mr. Pitt's m'anner of spe'aking. As soon as Mr. Walpole had sat do'wn, Mr. Pitt aro'se and replied, as follows :
SIR,—The atroʻcious-crime of being a you’ng-man (which the honourable gentleman has, with such spirit and decency, cha’rged-upon-me) I shall neither attempt to pa'lliate, nor den'y,—but content myself with wis'hing, that I may of thoʻse/ whose follies may cea'se with their yoʻuth, and not of that number who are i'gnorant in spite of expe'rience. Whether you'th/ can be imputed to any man as a repr'oach, I will not, Sir, assume the pro'vince of determining ;-but surely ag‘e/ may become justly conte'mptible, if the opportu'nities which it brings/ have passed away without improvement, and vi'ce appears to preva'il, when the pas'sions have sub'sided. The wretch wh'o (after having seen the con'sequences of a thousand eʼrrors) continues still to blun'der, and whose a'ge/ has only added o'bstinacy to stup'idity, is surely the o'bject/ either of abhor'rence or conte'mpt, and deserves not that his gra'y-hairs/ should secure him from i'nsult. Much more, Sir, is h'e to be abhor'red, wh'o, as he has advan'ced
To be read explanatorily, and, of course, parenthetically.
* This illustrious statesman was born in 1708, and died in May, 1778.