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2. Exclamation.--a. The Almighty sustains and conducts the universe. It was He who separated the jarring elements! It was He who hung up the worlds in empty space! It is He who preserves them in their circles, and impels them in their course!

b. O, unexpected stroke, worse than of death!

Must I thus leave thee, Paradise ? Thus leave
Thee, native soil; these happy walks and shades,

Fit haunt of gods !

3. Climax.-a. Virtuous actions are necessarily approved by the awakened conscience ; and when they are approved, they are commended to practice ; and when they are practised, they become easy; and when they become easy, they afford pleasure ; and when they afford pleasure, they are done frequently; and when they are done frequently, they are confirmed by habit ; and confirmed habit is a kind of second nature.


6. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life; nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers ; nor things present, nor things to come; nor height nor depth; nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Remarks.

LESSON 79. Promiscuous EXERCISES ON FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE. 173. In the following Examples (which must be neatly transcribed), First, Prefix the name of the Figure exemplified; Secondly, Underline the words illustrating it; and, Thirdly, Subjoin to each Example Remarks showing its propriety :

174. When the mountains shall be dissolved; when the foundations of the earth and the world shall be destroyed; when all sensible objects shall vanish away, he will still be the everlasting God; he will be when they exist no more, as he was when they had no existence at all.


175. The character of Demosthenes is vigour and austerity; that of Cicero is gentleness and insinuation. In the one, you find more manliness ; in the other, more ornament. The one is more harsh, but more spirited and cogent; the other, more agreeable, but withal, looser and weaker.

176. Ah! why will kings forget that they are men,

And men that they are brethren? Why delight
In human sacrifice? Why burst the ties
Of Nature, that should knit their souls together

In one soft bond of amity and love?

177. The passage of the Jordan is a type of baptism, by the grace of which the new-born Christian passes from the slavery of sin into a state of freedom peculiar to the chosen sons of God.

178. Forth steps the spruce philosopher, and tells

Of homogeneal and discordant springs
And principles; of causes, how they work
By necessary laws their sure effects ;
Of action and reaction : he has found
The source of the disease, that nature feels,
And bids the world take heart and banish fear.
Thou fool! will thy discovery of the cause
Suspend the effect or heal it? Has not God
Still wrought by means since first he made the world?
And did he not of old employ his means
To drown it? What is his creation less
Than a capacious reservoir of means
Formed for his use, and ready at his will ?

Go, dress thine eyes with eye-salve; ask of him,
Or ask of whomsoever he has taught ;

And learn, though late, the genuine cause of all.
179. O, the dark days of vanity! while here,

How tasteless ! and how terrible, when gone!

Gone? they ne'er go : when past, they haunt us still. Remarks,


180. The following Exercises must be neatly transcribed, observing, First, To prefix to each Example the name of the Figure under which it may be classified; Secondly, Underline the particular words exemplifying the Figure; Thirdly, Subjoin to each Example Remarks showing its propriety:181. Where thy treasure? Gold says, “not in me;" And, “not in me,” the diamond.

Gold is poor. Remarks.

182. “I saw their chief,” says the scout of Ossian, “tall as a rock of ice ; his spear, the blasted fir; his shield, the rising moon; he sat on the shore like a cloud of mist on the hill."


183. Grief is the counter passion of joy. The one arises from agreeable, and the other from disagreeable events,—the one from pleasure, and the other from pain,- the one from good, and the other from evil Remarks. 184. Like April morning clouds, that pass,

With varying shadow, o'er the grass ;
And imitate, on field and furrow,
Life's chequer'd scene of joy and sorrow;

Like streamlet of the mountain north,
Now in a torrent racing forth,
Now winding slow its silver train,
And almost slumbering on the plain ;
Like breezes of the autumn day,
Whose voice inconstant dies away,
And ever swells again as fast,
When the ear deems its murmur past;
Thus various, my romantic theme

Flits, winds, or sinks, a morning dream.
185. But loose in morals, and in manners vain,

In conversation frivolous, in dress
Extreme, at once rapacious and profuse ;
Frequent in park with lady at his side,
Ambling and prattling scandal as he goes ;
But rare at home, and never at his books,
Or with his pen, save when he scrawls a card ;
Constant at routs, familiar with a round
Of ladyships, a stranger to the poor ;
Ambitious of preferment for its gold,
And well-prepared, by ignorance and sloth,
By infidelity and love of world,
To make God's work a sinecure ; a slave
To his own pleasures and his patron's pride ;
From such apostles, O ye mitred heads,
Preserve the church! and lay not careless hands

On skulls that cannot teach, and will not learn.

186. Should these credulous infidels after all be in the right, and this pretended revelation be all a fable, from believing it what harm would ensue? Would it render princes more tyrannical, or subjects more ungovernable ? the rich more inso. lent, or the poor more disorderly? Would it make worse parents or children ? husbands or wives ; masters or servants; friends or neighbours ? or would it not make men more virtuous, and, consequently, more happy in every situation ?



187. The following Exercises must be neatly transcribed, observing, First, To prefix to each Example the name of the Figure under which it may be ranged; Secondly, Underline the particular words exemplifying the Figure; Thirdly, Subjoin to each Example Remarks showing its propriety:

188. The most frightful disorders arose from the state of feudal anarchy. Force decided all things. 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.


189. As for man his days are as grass ; as a flower of the field so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone ; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

190. Bright as the pillar rose at heaven's command,

When Israel marched along the desert land,
Blazed through the night on lonely wilds afar,
And told the path -- a never setting star :
So heavenly Genius, in thy course divine,

Hope is thy star, her light is ever thine.
191. Hence ! loathed Melancholy

Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born,
In Hygian cave forlorn,

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