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5. 'Twas then 'great Marlb'rough's mighty soul was
6. Rous'd from his trance, he mounts with eyes
7. To whom in brief thus Abdiel stern reply'd. Reign thou in Hell, thy kingdom; let me serve In Heav'n God ever blest and his divine
Behests obey, worthiest to be obey'd ; 5 Yet chains in Hell, not realms expect : meanwhile
From me, (return'd as erst thou saidst from flight)
O So say'ing, a noble stroke he lifted high, Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell 10 On the proud crest of Satan, that no sight,
Nor motion of swift thought, less could his shield,
His massy spear upstay'd; as if on earth
Sidelong had push'd a mountain from his seat,
-Now storming fury rose,
Horrible discord, and the madding wheels
Of fiery darts in flaming vollies flew,
So under fiery cope together rush'd
Resounded, and had Earth been then, all Earth 30 Had to her centre shook.
-Long time in even scale-
No equal, ranging through the dire attack 35 Of fighting Seraphim confus'd, at length
Saw where the sword of Michael smote, and fell’d
Wide wasting ; such destruction to withstand 70 He hasted, and oppos’d the rocky orb
Of tenfold adamant, his ample shield,
40 Intestine war in Heav'n, th' arch-foe subdu'd.
Now wav'd their fiery swords, and in the air
In horror; from each hand with speed retired,
And left large fields, unsafe within the wind
Among the constellations war were sprung, 55 Two planets rushing from aspect malign
Of fiercest opposition in mid-sky
Milton. The following examples are selected as a specimen of those passages, which are most favourable to the cultivation of a top to the voice. In pronouncing these, the reader should aim to get up his voice to the highest note on which he can articulate with freedom and distinctness. See remarks page 120. If the student wishes for more examples of this kind, he is referred to EXERCISES .
8. Has a wise and good God furnished us with desires which have no correspondent objects, and raised expectations in our breasts, with no other view but to disappoínt them ?--Are we to be for ever in search of happiness, without arriving at it, either in this world or the next?--Are we formed with a passionate longing for immortality, and yet - destined to perish after this short period of existence ?--Are we prompted to the noblest actions, and supported through life, under the severest hardships and most delicate temptations, by the hopes of a reward which is visionary and chimérical, by the expectation of praises, of which it is utterly impossible for us ever to have the least knowledge or enjoyment ?
9. O“Whence and what art thou, execrable shape,
5 That be assured, without leave ask'd of thee :
Retire, or taste thy folly; and learn by proof,
To whom the goblin full of wrath reply'd ; (“Art thou that traitor Angel, art thou he, 10 Who first broke peace in Heav'n and faith, till then
Unbroken, and in proud rebellious arms
And they, outcast from God, are here condemn'd 15 To waste eternal days in woe and pain ?
And reckon'st thou thyself with spi'rits of Heav'n,
Thy king and lord ? Back to thy punishment, 20 False fugitive, and to thy speed add wings,
Lest with a whip of scorpions ! pursue
The Exercises of the foregoing head were designed to accustom the voice to exertion on the extreme notes of its compass, high and low. The following Exercises under this head are intended to accustom the voice to those sudden transitions which sentiment often requires, not only as to pitch, but also as to quantity.
1 HEARD ye those loud contending waves,
That shook Cecropia's pillar'd state ?
and tremble at her fate?
And bid the raging tumult cease ?
With syren tongue, and speaking eyes,
Hush the noise, and sooth to peace ! 2 Lo! from the regions of the North,
The reddening storm of battle pours ; Rolls along the trembling earth,
Fastens on the Olynthian towers. 3) “Where rests the sword ?—where sleep the
From the fury of the blast;
'Up! or Freedom breathes her last !" 4 (.) The jarring States, obsequious now,
View the Patriot's hand on high ; Thunder gathering on his brow,
Lightning flashing from his eye ! 5 Borne by the tide of words along, One voice, one mind, inspire the throng :
(°C) “ To arms ! to arms! to arms !" they cry, “Grasp the shield, and draw the sword, Lead us to Philippi's lord,
Let us conquer him—or die !" 6 (6) Ah Eloquence! thou wast undone ;
Wast from thy native country driven, When Tyranny eclips'd the sun,
And blotted out the stars of heaven,
7 When Liberty from Greece withdrew, And o'er the Adriatic flew,
To where the Tiber pours his urn, She struck the rude Tarpeian rock; Sparks were kindled by the shock Again thy fires began to burn !