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15. Could every man apply himself to [the] employments which are most suited to his capabilities, and, in his appointed talling, work only with a view to serviceable, sincere, and ennobling results, the measure of his achievements might still, perchance, fall short of his original aspirations; but, being commensurate with his powers, and conformable to the eternal laws, it could not fail to yield him that assurance of security and contentment which, by necessity, proceeds from all faitlifulness of action.— Chambers.
16. By the immortal gods, I wish.(pardon me, O my coun try! for I fear what I shall say out of a pious regard for Milo may be deemed impiety against thee) that Clodius not only lived, but were prætor, consul, dictator, rather than [that I should] be witness to such a scene as this. Immertal gods ! how brave a man is that, and how worthy of being preserved by you! By no means, he cries; the ruffian met with the punishment he deserved; and let me, if it must be so, suffer the punishment I have not deserved.—Duncan's Cicero.
17. Where American liberty raised its first voice, and where its youth was nurtured and sustained, there it still lives, in the strength of its manhood, and full of its original spirit. If discord and disunion shall wound it; if party strife and blind ambition shall hawk at and tear it; if folly and madness, if uneasiness under salutary restraint, shall succeed to separate it from that Union, by which alone its existence is made sure,
it will stand, in the end, by the side of that cradle in which its infancy was rocked; it will stretch forth its arm with whatcver of vigor it may still retain, over the friends who gathered around it, and it will fall at last, if fall it must, amid the proudest monuments of its glory, and on the very spot of its origin.Webster. 18. So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan, that moves
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.-Bryant 19. Of chance or change, 0 let not man complain,
Else shall he never, never cease to wail;
All feel th' assaults of Fortune's fickle gale;
Beattio. 20. The One remains, the many change and pass ;
Heaven's light forever shines, Earth's shadows fly;
Shelley 21. The honey-bee, that wanders all day long
The field, the woodland, and the garden o'er,
To gather in his fragrant winter store,
The lily's dainty cnp, the violet's lips;
But from all rank and noisome weeds he sips
Seek only to draw forth the hidden sweet
A. C. Lynch. 92. And Ardennes waves above them her
Byron. 23. Heaven from all creatures hides the book of fate,
All but the page prescribed, their present state;
From brutes what men, from men,
what spirits know;
And now a bubble burst, and now a world.-Pope. 24. As thus the snows arise; and, foul and fierce,
All Winter drives along the darkened air;
In many a vain attempt.-Thomson.
On rose and myrtle, lulld with syren song;
And steals our embryos of iniquity.—Young. 26. The pulpit, therefore, (and I name it, filled
With solemn awe, that bids me well beware
* See Obs. 3, page 112.
The pulpit (when the satirist has, at last,
As angels use, the Gospel whispers peace.-Cowper. 27.
Look, as I blow this feather from my face,
Shakspeare. 28. Nature never did betray
The heart that loved her; 'tis her privilege
Is full of blessings.— Wordsworth. 29.
O, Adam, one Almighty is, from whom
CHAPTER II.--RELATION AND AGREEMENT.
In this chapter and the next, the Rules of Syntax are again exhibited, in their former order, with Examples, Exceptions, Observations, Notes, and False Syntax. The Notes are all of them, in form and character, subordinate rules of syntax, designed for the detection of errors. The correction of the False Syntax placed under the rules and notes, will form an oral exercise, somewhat similar to that of parsing, and perhaps more useful.
OBs.-- Relation and Agreement are taken together that the rules may stand in the order of the parts of speech. The latter is moreover naturally allied to the former. Seven of the ten parts of speech are, with a few exceptions, incapable of any agreement; of these, the relation and use must be explained in parsing; and all necessary agreement between any of the rest, is confined to words that relate to each other.
RULE 1.- ARTICLES. Articles relate to the nouns which they limit: as, a little distance from the ruins of the abbey, stands an aged elm.”
EXCEPTION FIRST. The definite article, used intensively, may relate to an adjective or adverb of the comparative or the superlative degree; as,
A land which was the mightiest.” — Byron. “ The farther they proceeded, the greater appeared their alacrity."- Dr. Johnson. “ He chooses it the rather." — Cowper. [Seo Obs. 7th, next page.]
EXCEPTION SECOND. The indefinite article is sometimes used to give a collective meaning to an adjective of number ; as, “Thou hast a few names, even in Sardis."--Rev. “ There are a thousand things which crowd into my memory."-Spectator, No. 468. (See Obs. 12th, next page.]
OBSERVATIONS ON RULE I. Obs. 1.- Articles often relate to nouns understood ; as, “The (river) Thames,' - Pliny the younger" [man),—"The honourable [body], tho Legislature,"—"The animal (world) and the vegetable world,” “Neither to the right (hand) nor to the left” (hand).-Bible. “He was a good man, and a just" (man).-Ib. “The pride of swains Palemon was,
the generous (man), and the rich" [man).—Thomson.
OBs. 2.- It is not always necessary to repeat the article before several nouns in the same construction: the same article serves sometimes to limit the signification of more than one noun; but we doubt the propriety of ever construing two articles as relating to one and the same noun.
Obs. 3.- The article precedes its noun, and is never, by itself, placed after it; as, “Passion is the drunkenness of the mind."--Southey.
Obs. 4.-When an adjective precedes the noun, the article is placed before the adjective, that its power may extend over that also ; as,
“ The private path, the secret acts of men,
If noble, far the noblest of their lives." — Young.