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present which was in their hand, into the house, and bowed themselves to him, to the earth. And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your fáther well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is hé yet alive?—And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive: and they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spáke unto me! And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son. And Joseph made haste;—for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.
2. Methinks I see a fair and lovely child, Sitting compos'd upon his mother's knée, And reading with a low and lisping voice
Some passage from the Sabbath ;* while the tears 5 Stand in his little eyes so softly blue,
Till, quite o'ercome with pity, his white arms
Like a sweet lamb, half sportive, half afraid, 10 Nestling one moment ’neath its bleating dàin:
And now the happy mother kisses oft
A stranger who once gave him, long ago,
His sobs speak fond remembrance, and he weeps
3. Ye who have anxiously and fondly watched
Like nightshade with unwholesome beauty bloomed, 5 And that the sufferer's bright dilated eye,
Like mouldering wood, owes to decay alone
10 To pay the last sad duties, and to hear
Upon the silent dwelling's narro . lid
Hope seems for ever fled, and the dread pang 15 Of final separation to begin)
Ye who have felt all thís-O pay my verse
Page 33. The indirect question and its answer have the
falling inflection. The interrogative mark is here inverted, to render it significant of its office, in distinction from the direct question, which turns the voice upward.
1. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I relèase unto you i. They said, Baràbbas. Pilate said unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus, which is called Christ ¿ They all say unto him, Let him be crùcified. And the governor said, Why i what èvil hath he done į But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crùcified.
2. Where now is the splendid robe of the consulate į Where are the brilliant tòrches į Where are the applauses and dances, the feasts and entertàinments i Where are the coronets and cànopies į Where the huzzas of the city, the compliments of the circus, and the flattering acclamations of the spectators į All these have perished.
3. I hold it to be an unquestionable position, that they who duly appreciate the blessings of liberty, revolt as much from the idea of exercising, as from that of enduring, oppression. How far this was the case with the Romans, you may inquire of those nations that surrounded them. Ask them,
What insolent guard paraded before their gates, and invested their strong holds i They will answer, ‘A Roman lègionary.' Demand of them, What greedy extortioner fattened by their poverty, and clothed himself by their naked ness t' They will inform you, 'A Roman Quaèstor.' Inquire of them, What imperious stranger issued to them his
mandates of imprisonment or confiscation, of banishment or dèath i They will reply to you, ' A Roman Cònsul.' Question them, What haughty conqueror led through his city, their nobles and kings in chàins; and exhibited their countrymen, by thousands, in gladiators' shows for the amusement of his fellow citizens ¿ They will tell you : ‘A Roman Gèneral.' Require of them, 'What tyrants imposed the heaviest yòke i-enforced the most rigorous exàctions i --inflicted the most savage punishments, and showed the greatest gust for blood and torture ¿ They will exclaim to you, The Roman people.'
4. Let us now consider the principal point, whether the place where they encountered was most favorable to Milo, or to Clodius.
Were the affair to be represented only by painting, instead of being expressed by words, it would even then clearly appear which was the traitor, and which was free from all mischievous designs. When the one was sitting in his chariot, muffled up in his cloak, and his wife along with him; which of these circumstances was not a very great incùmbrance į the dress, the chariot, or the compànion How could he be worse equipped for engagement, when he was wrapped up in a cloak, embarrassed with a chàriot, and almost fettered by his wife į Observe the other now, in the first place, sallying out on a sudden from his seat; for what reason i–in the evening; what ùrged him 4-làte; to what pùrpose, especially at thàt season i-He calls at Pompey's seàt; with what view i To see Pompey? He knew he was at Alsium.—To see his house? He had been in it a thousand times- What then could be the reason of this loitering and shifting about į He wanted to be upon the spot when Mìlo came up.
5. Wherefore cèase we then i
Whatever doing, what can we suffer more,
Thus sitting, thus consulting, thus in arms?
The deep to shelter us—this Hell then seem'd 10 A réfuge from those wounds: or when we lay
Chain'd on the burning lake,—that sùre was worse.
And plunge us in the flàmes į or from above 15 Should intermitted vengeance arm again
His red right-hand to plàgue us ¿ what if all
Impendent horrors, threat’ning hideous fall 20 One day upon our heads; while we perhaps,
Designing or exhorting glorious war,
There to converse with everlasting groans,
6. But, first, whom shall we send
The dark unbottom'd infinite abyss,
His uncouth way, or spread his airy flight,
The happy isle į what strength, what art, can then 10 Suffìce, or what evasion bear him safe
Through the strict senteries and stations thick
Choice in our suffrage; for on whom we send, 15 The weight of all, and our last hòpe, relies. Milton.
EXERCISE 8. "age 34. Language of authority, of surprise, and of dis
ress, commonly requires the falling inflection. Denunciaion, reprezension, frc. come under this head. 1. Go to the ànt, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and
be wise:-which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, o sluggard ? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?— Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep :-So shall thy poverty come as one that traveleth, and thy want as an arm
2. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man that had not on a wedding-garment:—And he saith unto him, friend, how camest thou in hìther, not hav. ing a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, bìnd him, hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer dàrkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
3. Then he which had received the one talent came, and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed:-And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo there thou hast that is thine.--His lord answered and said unto him, thou wicked and slòthful servant,—thou knewest that I reap where I sowed nòt,* and gather where I have not strewed :
-Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchàngers, and then at my coming I should have received
my own with
Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.—And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer dàrkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
4. Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most, of his mighty works were done, because they repented not.Wò unto thee, Chorazin! wò unto thee Bethsaida! for if the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tỳre and Sidon,t they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.—But I say unto you, It shall be more tòlerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgement than
And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shall be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in
* This clause uttered with a high note and the falling slide, expresses censure better with the common punctuation, than if it were marked with the interrogation.
+ Even in Tyre and Sidon, is the paraphrase of the emphasis.