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When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
from the bed to see what was the matter :
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon, on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name :
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer! now, Vixen
On, Comet! on, Cupid ! on, Donder and Blixen-
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
away, dash away, dash away all !"
4. Law is law-law is law; and as in such and so forth and hereby, and aforesaid, provided always, nevertheless, notwithstanding. Law is like a country dance, people are led up and down in it till they are tired. Law is like a book of surgery, there are a great many desperate cases in it. It is also like physic, they that take least of it are best off. Law is like a homely gentlewoman, very well to follow. Law is also like a scolding wife, very bad when it follows us. Law is like a new fashion, people are bewitched to get into it: it is also like bad weather, most people are glad when they get out of it.
5. Come, dance, elfins, dance! for my harp is in tune,
The wave-rocking gales are all lulled to repose;
And the breath of this exquisite evening of June,
Is scented with laurel and myrtle and rose.
Each lily that bends to the breast of my stream,
And sleeps on the waters transparently bright,
Will in ecstasy wake, like a bride from her dream,
When my tones stir the dark plumes of silence and night
My silken-winged bark shall career by the shore,
As calmly as yonder white cloud on the air;
And the notes ye have heard with such rapture before,
Shall impart new delight to the young and the fair. 6. Oh! water for me! bright water for me,
And wine for the tremulous debauchee !
It cooleth the brow, it cooleth the brain,
It maketh the faint one strong again;
It comes o'er the sense like a breeze from the sea,
All freshness, like infant purity.
Oh! water, bright water for me, for me!
Give wine, give wine to the debauchee!
Fill to the brim! fill, fill to the brim,
Let the flowing crystal kiss the rim !
For my hand is steady, my eye is true,
For I, like the flowers, drink nought but dew.
Oh! water, bright water's a mine of wealth,
And the ores it yieldeth are vigor and health.
So water, pure water for me, for me!
And wine for the tremulous debauchee !
Fill again to the brim! again to the brim!
For water strengtheneth life and limb!
To the days of the aged it addeth length,
To the might of the strong it addeth strength,
It freshens the heart, it brightens the sight,
'Tis like quaffing a goblet of morning light!
So, water, I will drink nought but thee,
Thou parent of health and energy!
When o'er the hills like a gladsome bride
Morning walks forth in her beauty's pride,
And, leading a band of laughing hours,
Brushes the dew from the nodding flowers;
Oh! cheerily then my voice is heard
Mingling with that of the soaring bird,
Who flingeth abroad his matins loud,
As he freshens his wing in the cold gray
cloud. But when evening has quitted her sheltering yew, Drowsily flying and weaving anew
Her dusky meshes o'er land and sea,
How gently, 0 sleep, fall thy poppies on me!
For I drink water, pure, cold, and bright,
And my dreams are of Heaven, the live-long night;
So hurrah! for thee, Water! hurrah, hurrah!
Thou art silver and gold, thou art riband and star!
Hurrah! for bright water! hurrah, hurrah!
PositiveNESS, CONFIDENCE, AUTHORITY, &c. All expressions of full and settled Conviction or Confidence on the part of the speaker, have their appropriate symbols; and the same elements which express Certainty are very naturally employed to express Authoritative Command. They will be found to be the same; and the elements for denoting these sentiments are the Downward Slides, and the Radical Stress; and, in energetic expression, these are generally combined with Force. These characteristics of speech belong also to Denying, Reproving, Refusing and Forbidding, to Reprehension and Denunciation, and to Defiance and Adjuration, as well as to strong Affirmation; and even to warm Argument, when employed in defence of one's own rights. Also in their moderate degrees, these elements are suited to Instruction and Precept.-It is not perhaps surprising, that the confidence even of Despair and Resignation should express itself by the Downward movements of the voice.
Vaunting Authority, and a degree of positiveness which implies Self-Admiration, require a Harsh Voice, and the Vanishing Stress; and admit the Equal Direct Wave, combined with the Median Stress on syllables which are emphatic and admit of long quantity.
grace shall pardon me, I will not back;
I am too high born to be propertied ;
To be a secondary at control,
Or useful serving-man and instrument
To any sovereign state throughout the world.
Your breath first kindled the dead coal of war
Between this chastised kingdom and myself,
And brought in matter that should feed this fire;
And now 'tis far too huge to be blown out
With that same weak wind which enkindled it.
You taught me how to know the face of right,
Acquainted me with interest to this land;
Yea, thrust this enterprise into my heart;
And come ye now to tell me John hath made
His peace with Rome? What is that peace to me?
1, by the honor of my marriage-bed,
After young Arthur, claim this land for mine;
And, now it is half conquered, must I back,
Because that John hath made his peace with Rome?
Am I Rome's slave? What penny hath Rome borne,
What men provided, what munition sent,
To underprop this action? Is't not I
That undergo this charge? Who else but I,
And such as to my claim are liable,
Sweat in this business, and maintain this war?
Have I not heard these islanders shout out,
have banked their towns;
Have I not here the best cards for the game,
To win this easy match played for a crown?
And shall I now give o'er the yielded set?
No, no, my soul, it never shall be said.
However heaven or fortune casts my lot,
There lives or dies true to King Richard's'throne,
A loyal, just, and upright gentleman;
Never did captive with a freer heart
Cast off his chains of bondage, and embrace
His golden, uncontrolled enfranchisement,
More than my dancing soul to celebrate
This feast of battle with mine adversary.-
Most mighty liege—and my companion peers,
Take from my mouth the wish of happy years :
As gentle and as jocund, as to jest,
Go I to fight,-truth hath a quiet breast.
3. Let them lay by their helmets and their spears,
And both return back to their chairs again :-
Withdraw from us, and let the trumpet sound
While we return these dukes what we decree.
And list what with our council we have done.
For that our kingdom's earth should not be soiled
With that dear blood which it hath fostered;
And for our eyes do hate the dire aspect
Of civil wounds, ploughed up with neighbor's swords ;
Therefore we banish you our territories :
You, cousin Hereford, upon pain of death,
Till twice five summers have enriched our fields,
Shall not regreet our fair dominions,
But tread the stranger paths of banishment.
4. On pain of death no person be so bold
Or daring hardy as to touch the lists;
Except the marshal, and such officers
Appointed to direct these fair designs. 5. Met. Most high, most mighty, and most puissant Cæsar,
Metellus Cimber throws before thy feet
An humble heart.
Cæs. I must prevent thee, Ciinber;
These crouchings, and these lowly courtesies
Might fire the blood of ordinary men,
And turn pre-ordinance, and first decree,
Into the law of children. Be not fond,
To think that Cæsar bears such rebel blood,
That will be thawed from the true quality
With that which melteth fools; I mean sweet words,
Low-crooked curt’sies, and base spaniel fawning.
Thy brother by decree is banished;