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Prodigious power had shown, and met in arms
Saw where the sword of Michael smote, and felled
Should combat, and their jarring spheres confound.
LESSON XXXIX. $
[This should be read in a medium tone, between high and low.]
PAUL'S DEFENSE BEFORE KING AGRIPPA.
1. THEN said Agrippa unto Paul: "Thou art permitted to speak for thyself." Then Paul stretched forth his hand and answered for himself.
2. I think myself happy, king Agrippa', because I shall answer for myself, this day, before thee, touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews'; especially, because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. My manner of life from my youth', which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem', know all the Jews; who knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee.
Observe the improper pronunciation of the word " aspect," required by the poetic accent. In this case an equal degree of force may be given to each syllable.
3. And now, I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers'; unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa', I am accused of the Jews. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which things I also did' in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief-priests, and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
4. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them, even unto strange cities. Whereupon, as I went to Damascus, with authority and commission from the chief-priests, at mid-day, O King', I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue', Saul', Saul', why persecutest thou me'? it is hard for thee to kick against the goads. And I said', Who art' thou, Lord'?
5. And he said', I am Jesus', whom thou persecutest. But rise and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear' unto thee; delivering thee from the people and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God; that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified, by faith that is in me.
6. Whereupon, O king Agrippa', I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision; but showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. Having, therefore, obtained help of God', I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small' and great', saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come; that Christ should suffer', and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead', and should show light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
7. And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, thou art beside' thyself, much learning hath made
thee mad." But he said, "I am not mad', most noble Festus', but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom I speak freely'; for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner'. King Agrippa', believest thou the prophets'? I know' that thou believest."
8. Then Agrippa said unto Paul'; "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian." And Paul said, "I would to God that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost', and altogether' such as Il' am, except these bonds." And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor and Bernice, and they that sat with them. And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying; "This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds." Then said Agrippa unto Festus; "This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Cesar."
HENRY V. TO HIS TROOPS.
(This lesson requires a high key.)
1. ONCE more unto the breach, dear friends', once more;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
2. Now set the teeth, and stretch the nostril wide,
And you, good yeomen',
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
That you are worth your breeding, which I doubt not;
RIENZI'S ADDRESS TO THE ROMANS.
Strong in some hundred spearmen`; only great'
Each hour, dark fraud,
Or open rapine, or protected murder,
Cry out against them. (h) But this very day,
He tossed not high his ready cap in air,
Nor lifted up his voice in servile shouts,
At sight of that great ruffian! (hh) Be we men',
And suffer such' dishonor? men', and wash not
The stain away in blood? (7) Such shames are common,
I had a brother` once'-
Full of gentleness, of calmest hope,
Of sweet and quiet joy,-there was the look
How I loved,
That gracious boy! Younger by fifteen years`,
The cōrse, the mangled corse, and then (h) I cried
(1) Yet this-is Rôme,
That sat on her seven hills, and, from her throne
Yet we are Romans!
(h) Why, in that elder day, to be a Ròman,
Was greater than a king!
And once again,—
(hh) Hear me, ye walls, that echoed to the tread
The remaining exercises of Part II. are promiscuously arranged, and are intended to illustrate all the principles which have been explained.
LESSON XLII. 4 2
THE FORTUNE TELLER.
1. HARLEY sat down on a large stone, by the way-side, to take a pebble from his shoe, when he saw, at some distance, a beggar' approaching him. He had on a loose sort of coat mended with different-colored rags, among which the blue and russet were predominant. He had a short, knotty stick in his hand; and on the top of it was stuck a ram's horn; he wore no shoes, and his stockings had entirely lost that part of them which would have covered his feet and ancles; in his face, however, was the plump appearance of good humor; he walked a good round pace, and a crook-legged dog trotted at his heels.
2. "Our delicacies," said Harley to himself, "are fantastic; they are not in nature! That beggar' walks over the sharpest of these stones barefooted, whilst I have lost the most delightful dream in the world, from the smallest of them happening to get into my shoe." The beggar had by this time come up, and pulling off a piece of a hat, asked charity' of Harley. The dog began to beg too. It was impossible to resist both; and, in truth, the want