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Next ANGER rush'd, his eyes on fire;
With woeful measures wan DESPAIR
But thou, O HOPE! with eyes so fair,
Still it whisper'd promis'd pleasure,
Still would her touch the strain prolong;
And from the rocks, the woods, the vale, She callid on Echo still through all the song ;
And where her sweetest theme she chose, A soft responsive voice was heard at every close; And Hope enchanted smil'd, and wav'd her golden hair :
And longer had she sung—but with a frown
REVENGE impatient rose;
And, with a withering look,
And blew a blast so loud and dread,
And ever and anon he beat
The doubling drum with furious heat;
Dejected Pity at his side
Her soul-subduing voice applied, Yet still he kept his wild unalter'd mien, While each strain'd ball of sight seem'd bursting from Thy numbers, JEALOUSY, to nought were fix'd;
Sad proof of thy distressful state ; Of diff'ring themes the veering song was mix’d,. And now it courted LOVE, now raving call’d on HATE.
With eyes uprais'd, as one inspird,
In notes by distance made more sweet,
And dashing soft from rocks around,
Bubbling runnels join'd the sound;
Or o'er some haunted stream with fond delay,
But, O1 how alter'd was its sprightlier tone,
Her bow across her shoulder flung,
Her buskins gemm'd with morning dew,
The hunter's call, to Fawn and Dryad known;
Satyrs and sylvan boys, were seen
Brown Exercise rejoic'd to hear,
Last came Jor's ecstatic trial :
He, with viny crown advancing,
They would have thought, who heard the strain,
They saw, in Tempe's vale, her native maids,
Amidst the festal sounding shades,
To some unwearied minstrel dancing: While, as his flying fingers kiss'd the strings,
Love fram'd with Mirth a gay fantastic round, Loose were her tresses seen, her zone unbound,
And he, amidst his frolic play, As if he would the charming air repay, Shook thousand odours from his dewy wings.
O Music! sphere-descended maid,
EXERCISES IN READING
THE RULES AND PRINCIPLES CONTAINED IN
1. Temperance, by fortifying the mind and body, leads to happiness: intemperance, by enervating the mind and body, ends generally in misery.
2. A wise man feareth and departeth from evil; but the fool rageth, and is confident. The wicked is driven away
in his wickedness; but the righteous bath hope in his death. Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.
3. Almost every object that attracts our notice, has its bright and its dark side. He who habituates himself to look at the dark side will sour his disposition, and consequently impair his happiness; while he who constantly beholds it on the bright side insensibly ameliorates his temper, and, in consequence of it, improves his own happiness, and the happiness of all around him.
4. Between fame and true honour a distinction is to be made. The former is a blind and noisy applause; the latter, a more silent and internal homage. Fame floats on the breath of the multitude; honour rests on the judgment of the thinking. Fame may give praise, while it withholds esteem ; true honour implies esteem, mingled with respect.
The learner should refer to the Introduction (page 37) for an explanation of Antithesis and Emphasis ; also to Rule til., page 55, and the NOTES and EXAMPLES under it.
The one regards particular distinguished talents; the other looks up to the whole character.
5. A wise man endeavours to shine in himself; a fool to outshine others. The former is humbled by the sense of his own infirmities; the latter is lifted up by the discovery of those which he observes in others. The wise man considers what he wants; and the fool what he abounds in. The wise man is happy when he gains his own approbation ; and the fool, when he recommends himself to the applause of those about him.
6. Europe was one great field of battle, where the weak struggled for freedom, and the strong for dominion. The king was without power, and the nobles without principle. They were tyrants at home, and robbers abroad. Nothing remained to be a check upon ferocity and violence.
7. Where opportunities of exercise are wanting, temperance may in a at measure supply its place. If exercise throws off all superfluities, temperance prevents them; if exercise clears the vessels, temperance neither satiates nor overstrains them; if exercise raises proper ferment in the humours, and promotes the circulation of the blood, temperance gives nature her full play, and enables her to exert herself in all her force and vigour; if exercise dissipates a growing distemper, temperance starves it.
8. Dryden knew more of man in his general nature ; and Pope, in his local manners. The notions of Dryden were formed by comprehensive speculation ; those of Pope, by minute attention. The style of Dryden is capricious and varied ; that of Pope is cautious and uniform. Dryden obeys the motions of his own mind; Pope constrains his mind to. his own rules of composition. Dryden is sometimes vehement and rapid; Pope is always smooth, uniform, and gentle. Dryden's page
is a natural field, rising into inequalities, and diversified by the varied exuberance of abundant vegetation; Pope's is a velvet lawn, shaven by the scythe, and levelled by the roller. If the flights of Dryden are higher, Pope con.