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These are his-portion — but/ if joined to the se,
But far from us', and from our mimic sce'ne,
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
Sle'ep, (image of thy fath'er,) slee'p, my boy': “ No lingering hour of sor'row/ shall be th’ine; “ No sigh 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 fili'al-love, at laʼst, “ Shall sooth this aching hea'rt/ for all the past, “With many a sm'ile/ my solitude rep'ay, « And ch'ase the wor‘ld's/ ungenerous sc'orn away'.
“ And say', (when summoned from the woʻrld and th'ee, " I lay my be ad/ beneath the willow tr’ee,) “ Wilt th’ou, (sweet mo'urner !) at my sto'ne app'ear, “ And sooth my parted sp'irit/ lingering n'ear?
Oh, wi'lt thou co'me (at evening hoʻur) to sh'ed/
So speaks affec'tion, ere the infant e'ye
The mournful ba'llad/ warbled in his e’ar ;*
THE CAPTURE OF WARSAW.
Warsaw's las't-champion, from her heights surv'eyed, Wi'de o'er the fields, a waste of r'uin laid“Oh! He'aven !” (he cr'ied,) “my bleeding country sa've ! -' “ Is there no hand on hig'h/ to shield the braove? “ 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 live with h'er/ to di'e !"
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)
Oh! bloodiest pic'ture/ in the book of Time,
The sun went dow'n, nor ceased the carnage th'ere,
Oh! rig hteous-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 o'ratory, 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, thereby, inducing them to avoid His Majesty's service ;- his speech produced an answer from Mr. Horace Walpole, who, in the cour'se-of-it, sa'id, “ Formidable sou'nds, and furious declama'tion, confident assertions, and lofty periods, 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 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 speaking. As soon as Mr. Walpole had sat do'wn, Mr. Pitt aro'se and replied, as fol·lows :
Sir,—The atroʻcious-crime of being a you ́ng-man (which the honourable gentleman has, with such sp'irit and decency, charged-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‘el 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 wret'ch wh'o (after having seen the con'sequences of a thousand eʼrrors) continues still to blun'der, and whose a'ge/ has only added '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 insult. Much more, Sir, is h'e to be abhor'red, wh'o, as he has advan'ced
* This illustrious statesman was born in 1708, and died in May, 1778.
To be read explanatorily, and, of course, parenthetically.