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Though the strained mast should quiver as a reed,
Flung from the rock, on ocean's foam, to sail
21. Ossian's APOSTROPHE TO THE SUN. — Macpherson.
Slow or Moderate Time. Pure Orotund Quality. Middle Pitch. O thou that rollest above, round as the shield of my fathers ! whence are thy beams, O sun! thy everlasting light? Thou comest forth in thy awful beauty: the stars hide themselves in the sky; the moon, cold and pale, sinks in the western wave. But thou thyself movest alone : who can be a companion of thy course? The oaks of the mountains fall; the mountains themselves decay with years; the ocean shrinks and grows again; the moon herself is lost in the heavens : but thou art forever the same, rejoicing in the brightness of thy course. When the world is dark with tempests, when thunders roll and lightnings fly, thou lookest in thy beauty from the clouds, and laughest at the storm. — But to Ossian thou lookest in vain; for he beholds thy beams no more; whether thy yellow hair floats on the eastern clouds, or thou tremblest at the gates of the west. But thou art, perhaps, like me, for a season: thy years will have an end. Thou wilt sleep in thy clouds, careless of the voice of the morning.
22. AGAINST WARREN HASTINGS. Burke. Time moderate. · Movement stately. — Quality orotund. Pitch middle.
Do we want a tribunal ? My Lords, no example of antiquity, nothing in the modern world, nothing in the range of human imagination, can supply us with a tribunal like this. We commit safely the interests of India and humanity into your hands. Therefore it is with confidence that, ordered by the Commons,
I impeach Warren Hastings, Esquire, of high crimes and misdemeanors.
I impeach him in the name of the Commons of Great Britain
in Parliament assembled, whose Parliamentary trust he has betrayed.
I impeach him in the name of all the Commons of Great Britain, whose national character he has dishonored.
I impeach him in the name of the people of India, whose laws, rights, and liberties, he has subverted; whose properties he has destroyed; whose country he has laid waste and desolate.
I impeach him in the name and by virtue of those eternal laws of justice which he has violated.
I impeach him in the name of human nature itself, which he has cruelly outraged, injured, and oppressed, in both sexes, in every age, rank, situation, and condition of life.
Exercises in Time. (See $ 37.)
1. THE ENCOUNTER.
Quick Time. — Expressive Movement. Middle Pitch. Orotund Quality
Forth from the pass in tumult driven,
The archery appear:
Are maddening in the rear.
Pursuers and pursued;
The spearmen's twilight wood ?
Bear back both friend and foe!”
At once lay leveled low;
Time quick and moderate. Middle Pitch.
- Pure, ringing, metallic Quality.
Hear the sledges with the bells,
Silver bells !
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
With a crystalline delight;
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
Bells, bells, bells
3. THE LAUNCHING OF THE SHIP.
Time moderate, changing to quick at the tenth line. Pitch middle.
Then the Master,
And spurning with her foot the ground,
4. FROM ALEXANDER'S FEAST. - Dryden. Slow Time. Orotund Quality. Middle Pitch, changing to low.
He chose a mournful muse,
Soft pity to infuse;
By too severe a fate,
Fallen, fallen, fallen, fallen,
Deserted at his utmost need,
With not a friend to close his eyes !
The various turns of fate below,
And now and then a sigh he stole,
And tears began to flow! –
See the furies arise !
How they hiss in their hair,
Behold a grisly band,
Each a torch in his hand !
And unburied remain,
To the valiant crew :
How they point to the Persian abodes
The princes applaud with a furious joy,
Tha'is led the way,
To light them to their prey,
6. FAULCONBRIDGE TO KING John. Shakespeare.
$ 66. Exercises in Pause. (See $ 38.) It is not pretended that every good reader, or even the same reader at different times, will use the same pauses; and those marked in these and other Exercises are not given to prescribe rules, but to form the pupil's ear and to show him the significance of the pause in giving point and effect to certain emotions. The dotted lines generally indicate a break in an otherwise continuative tone. The long dash indicates that division of the sentence at which the principal suspensive pause must be suggested to the hearer.
1. To employ the best years ... of this fleeting existence ... in the pursuits of folly ... and the indulgences of sense