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These are his'-portion — but/ if joined to the'se,
And stoop to strive with Mis'ery/ at the do'or,
But far from us', and from our mimic scene,
To mourn the vanished be'am-and add our mi'te/
* 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 sleeps, Her silent watch/ the mournful mother ke'eps; Sh'e (while the lovely babe/ unconscious li'es) Smiles on her slumbering child/ 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 sorrow/ shall be thˇine; "No si'gh that rends thy fa'ther's hea`rt/ and miˇne ; "Bright (as his manly si're) the so'n shall b'e/ "In form and so'ul; but, ah'! more bles'sed than hˇe! "Thy fam'e, thy wo'rth, thy fili'al-love, at last, "Shall sooth this aching hea`rt/ for all the p'ast"With many a sm'ile/ my solitude rep'ay, "And ch'ase the world's/ ungenerous sc'orn away'.
"And say', (when summoned from the wo`rld and th ́ee, "I lay my head/ beneath the willow tree,)
"Wilt thou, (sweet mo'urner!) at my sto'ne app'ear, "And sooth my parted spirit/ lingering n'ear?
Oh, wilt thou co'me (at evening hour) to sh'ed/
"The tears of Me'mory/ o'er my narrow b'ed;
So speaks affection, ere the infant e'ye
Or cons his murmuring ta`sk/ beneath her ca're,
The mournful ballad/ warbled in his e'ar
THE CAPTURE OF WARSAW.
OH! s'acred Truth! thy triumph ceased awh ́ile,
Warsaw's las't-champion, from her heights surv'eyed,
"Oh! Heaven!" (he cr'ied,) "my bleeding country sa've!--
He said, and on the rampart-heights† arrayed
In vain, ala's! in va^in, ye gallant fe'w !
From ran'k to ra'nk/ your volleyed thunder fl'ew !—
* "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 Time,
The sun went dow'n, nor ce'ased the carnage th'ere,
Oh! righteous-Heaven! ere freedo`m found a gra ́ve,
Where was thi'ne-arm, (O Ven'geance !) where thˇy-rod,
That crushed proud Am'mon, when his iron ca'r/
Ye that at Mar'athon and Leuctra bl'ed?
Friends of the world! restore your sw'ords to m'an,
The patriot TEL'L-the BRUCE of BAN'NOCKBURN !*
* 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 oratory, having expressed himself in the House of Commons, with his accustomed energy, in opposition to a bill then before the H'ouse, for preventing merc'hants from raising the wages of seamen in time of war, and, thereby, inducing them to avoid His Majesty's service ;-his speech produced answer from Mr. Horace Walpole, who, in the cour'se-of-it, said, "Formidable sounds, and furious declamation, confident assertions, and lofty p'eriods, may affect the young and unexperienced; and, perhaps, the honourable gentleman may have contracted hi`s-habits of oratory, by conversing more with those of his own-age, than with such as have had more opportunities of acquiring knowledge, and more successful methods of communicating their sentiments." And he made use of some expressions, such as v'ehemence of gesture, theatrical emotion, &c. and applied them to Mr. Pitt's manner of speaking. As soon as Mr. Walpole had sat down, Mr. Pitt aro'se and replied, as follows :—
To be read explanatorily, and, of course, parenthetically.
SIR, The atrocious-crime of being a young-man (which the honourable gentleman has, with such sp'irit and de'cency, charged-upon-me) I shall neither attempt to pa'lliate, nor den'y, but content myself with wishing, that I may be one of tho'se/ whose follies may cea'se with their yo'uth, and not of that number who are ignorant in spite of experience. 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 contemptible, if the opportu'nities/ which it brings/ have passed away without improvement, and vi'ce appears to prevail, when the pas`sions have sub'sided. The wretch wh'o (after having seen the con'sequences of a thousand e'rrors) continues still to blun'der, and whose a'ge/ has only added o'bstinacy to stup'idity, is surely the o'bject/ either of abhorrence or conte'mpt, and deserves not that his gra'y-hairs/ should secure him from i'nsult. Much more, Sir, is he to be abhor'red, wh'o, as he has advanced
*This illustrious statesman was born in 1708, and died in May, 1778.