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Before him, such as in their souls infix'd
IX.- Alexander's Feast ; or, the Power of Music.An Ode
for St. Cecilia's Day.-DRYDEN.
His valient peers were placéd around,
So should desert iu arms be crown'd,
Sat like a blooming eastern bride,
Happy, happy, happy pair !
None but the brave,
Amid the tuneful choir,
With flying fingers touchód the lyre!
And heavenly joys inspire.
When he to fair Clympia press'd, world. And Stamp'd an image of himself, a sovereign of the
The list'ning crowd admire the lofty sound;
With ravish'd ears the monarch hears,
Assumes the god, affects to nod,
The jolly god in triumph comes !
He shows his honest face :
young, Drinking joys did first ordain:
Bacchus' blessings are a treasure ;
Rich the treasure ;
Sweet the pleasure,
fslaio. And thrice he routed all his foes; and thrice he slew the
The master saw the madness rise;
He chose a mournful muse,
By too severe a fate,
Fall'n, from his high estate,
With downcast look the joyless victor sat, Revolving, in his alter'd soul,
The various turns of fate below;
And tears began to flow.
Softly sweet, in Lydian measures,
Never ending, still beginning,
If the world be worth thy winning,
Take the good the gods provide thee,
Gaz'd on the fair,
Who caus'd his care;
Sigh’d and look'd, and sigh'd again :
Now, strike the golden lyre again ;
Has rais'd up his head,
As awak'd from the dead;
How they hiss in their hair,
Behold a ghastly band,
Each a torch in his hand ! These are Grecian ghosts, that in battle were slain,
And, unbury'd, remain
Inglorious on the plain,
How they point to the Persian abodes,
And glittering temples of their hostile gods ! The princes applaud, with a furious joy! And ihe king seiz'd a flambeau, with zeal to destroy:
Thais led the way,
To light him to his pray;
Thus long ago,
And sounding lyre,
At last divine Cecilia came,
Inventress of the vocal frame.
Enlarg'd the former narrow bounds,
And added length to solemn sounds, With nature's mother wit, and arts unknown before,
Let old Timotheus yield the prize,
Or both divide the crown :
LESSONS IN SPEAKING.
ELOQUENCE OF THE PULPIT.
1.-On Truth and Integrity.— TILLOTSON. TRUTH and integrity have all the advantages of appearance, and many more. If the show of any tbing be good for any thing, I am sure the reality is better; for why does any man dissemble, or seem to be that which he is not, but because he thinks it'good to have the qualities he pretends to ? For, to counterfeit and dissenible, is to put on the appearance of some real excellency. Now, the best way for a man to seem to be any thing, is really to be what he would seem to be. Besides, it is often as troublesome to support the pretence of a good quality, as to have it; and if a man have it not, it is most likely he will be discovered to want it; and then all his labour to seem to have it, is lost. There a something unnatural in painting, which a skilful eye will easily discern from nalive beauty and complexion.
It is hard to personate and act a part long; for where truth is not at the bottom, nature will always be endeavouring to return, and will betray herself at one time or other. Therefore, if any man think it convenient to seem good, let him be so indeed; and then his goodness will ap-+ pear to every one's satisfaction ; for truth is convincing, and carries its own light and evidence along with it; and. will not only commend us to every man's conscience; but, which is much more, to God, who searcheth our hearts : so that, upon all accounts, sincerity is true wisdom. Pars ticularly as to the affairs of this world, integrity hath many advantages over all the artificial modes of dissimula