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Insulting. They cry" Behold the mighty Hector's wife .!”
Thus having spoke th' illustrious chief of Troy,
Stretch'd his fond arms, to clasp the lovely boy, Tenderness.
The babe clung, crying, to his nurse's breast,
"O thou, whose glory fills th' 'ætherial Interceffion
throne, And all ye deathless pow'rs-Protect my
Grant him, like me, to purchase just renown,
He spoke, and fondly gazing on her charms, Tenderness. Restor'd the pleasing burthen to her arms ;
Soft on her fragrant breast the babe she laid,
Hush'd to repose, and with a smile survey'd.
REMORSE. ATTEMPT TOWARDS RE-
The wicked king's Soliloquy, expressing his remorse for the murder of his brother Hamlet, king of Denmark.
(Shakespear's HAMLET.) King. Oh my offence is rank! It smells to compune:
heav'n ; It hath the eldest curse of heaven upon it. A brother's murder! Pray, alas ! I cannot; Though sore my need of what the guilty pray for; heart. My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent, And, like a man to double business bound, I stand in pause, where I shall first begin, Glimpse And both neglect.-*What, if this cursed hand of hope. Where thicker than itself with brother's blood, Is there not rain enough in the sweet heav'ns To wash it white as snow; Whereto serves mercy, But to confront the visage of offence ? And what's in prayer, but this two-fold force, To be forestalld, ere yet we come to fall, Or pardon'd, being down - Then I'll look up. My fault is past.- $ But oh! what form of
pray'r Can serve my turn--*“ Forgive me my foul
$ Doom, murder !!" That cannot be, since I am still possest Of those effects, for which I did the murder ; My crown, inine own ambition, and my queen. May one be pardon'd and retain th' offence ? In the corrupted currents of this world, Offence's gilded hand may shove by justice ; Nay, oft 'tis seen, the wicked prize itself
Terror. Buys out the law. * But'tis not so above:
There is no shuffling ; there the action lies
E'en to the teeth and forehead of our faults, # Anxiety. To give in evidence--+ What then?-What rests? Hope.
Try what repentance can.-What can it not? Obduracy. Yet what can it, when one cannot repent ? Despair. Oh wretched state! Oh bosum, black as death!
Oh limed soul ! that struggling to be free, Anguish, Art more engag'd ! & Help, Angels! Make essay, Bow, stubborn knees : and heart with strings of
steel, Be soft as sinews of the new-born babe! All may be well, [The king kneels, and by his looks and gestures,
expresses great agony and horror; but no penitential melting of heart; after continuing a short time in that posture, he rises in des.
pair, and speaks the following.] Despair.
My words fly up-My thoughts reinain below
REPROACHING. EXCITING TO
The speech of T. Q. Capitolinus to the Romax
people, when the Æqui and Volsci, taking the advantage of the animosities then prevailing between the patricians and plebians, joined their forces, and, after plundering the Roman territories, advanced, in a hostile manner, to the very walls of the city.
[T. Liv. Hist. Rom.] HOUGH I ain not conscious to inyself, Ro. inans, of any offence I have committed against iny country ; it is with confusion that I address you thus publicly on such an occasion. For what can be innagined more shameful, than that
it should be known to the world that it should
fourth consulship (though our affairs have of late gone in such a way, that every thing was to be feared) I would have avoided the consular honor--* the. * Agony. shame rather by banishment, or even by death. How much more desirable to have died in my third consulship, than to live to see the dishonours, which the times are like to bring upon us. But whom does the insolence of so contemptible Remonft. an enemy disgrace? Is it us, the consuls? Or is it you, Romans? If the fault be in us; take from us that authority, we are so : un vorthy to enjoy. And if that he not enough, inflict on us the punishment we have deserved. † If it is ow- + Kindness. ing to you, my countrymen, that the enemy have thus dared to insult us, & all I beg of the gods Intercef. is, that they will forgive you : * and I wish no * Kindness. other punishment to come upon you, than repen- † Courage. tance for your misconduct. + Our enemies have not presumed upon any want of bravery in you, Romans ; nor upon any imagined superiority in themselves. They know both you and themselves too well. They have not forgot how often they contempt. :have been routed in battle, how often put to shameful flight, deprived of their lands, and even made to pass under the yoke, by the Romans. It Vexation, is the fatal dissention between the patricians and plebians, that give courage to the enemies of the Roman name. Our quarrels amongst ourselves are the poison of our state. While you are dissatisfied with the power enjoyed by the patricians, and we are jealous of the plebeians, the: : enemy, seeing their time, have surprised us.
But what (in the name of all the gods!) will x satisfy you? You demanded piebian tribunes.
For the sake of peace, we, patricians, consented. andere You then called for decemviri. We agreed, that
the decemviral power should be established. You were quickly tired of this form of government, we obliged the decemviri to abdicate. Four resent
ment pursuing them even to their retirement, Grief.
we gave our consent to the exile and death of some of the first men of Rome for birth and merit. Then
you insisted, that the tribunitial authority should Remonft.
be re-established. You did accordingly re-estab-
Rome as our common country? We, of the patrician rank, though losers, are more disposed to peace, than jou, who have gained all your ends.
Is it not enough that you have made yourselves formidable to your superiors ? Now you assemble, in a seditious manner, on the Mount Aventine ;
then on the Mons sacer ; and against us your Rouing vengeance is always directed.
You were in no Shame.
haste to prevent the enemy from seizing on the
Esquilia, or from mounting our works. It is Reproach. only against the patricians that you dare to
shere your valour. Go on, then, if you are so deterinined ; and when you have surrounded the senate house, made the forum dangerous for any of patrician rank to be seen in, and got the pri