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CHAPTER XXIII.

ORATORS.

347. William Pitt, Earl of 359. From his Speech against Warren Has-

:ings in Westminster Hall, June 3,

Chatham, 1708-1778. 442

1788.

Edmund Burke, 1731-1797.

John Philpot Curran, 1750-

444

1817.

464

348. From his “Speech on Conciliation

with America," March 22, 1775.

360. From his Speech on the Trial of Archi-

349. Character of Lord Chatham's Second

bald Hamilton Rowan.

Adininistration, and of Charles

Robert Hall, 1764-1831. 464

Townshend, 1774.
350. Invasion of the Carnatic by Hyder Ali. 361. The War with Napoleon.
Edward, Lord Thurlow, 1732 Sir James Mackintosh, 1765-
1806.

450 1832. .

351. Speech in Reply to the Duke of Grafton. 362. From his Speech in Defence of Peltier

for a Libel on the First Consul of

William Pitt, the Younger,

France - Bonaparte.

1759-1806.

451 Thomas, Lord Erskine, 1750-

352. From his Speech on the Abolition of

1823. .

469

the Slave Trade, April 2, 1792.

363. Principles of the Law of Libel.

Charles James Fox, 1749–1806. 454 364. From his Speech on the Trial of

Thomas Hardy.

353. From his Speech on the Address on the

King': Speech, Nov. 26, 1778.

George Canning, 1770-1827. 472

354. From his Speech on the Overtures of

Peace from the First Consul, Feb. 3,

365. From his Speech on Parliamentary Re-

1800.

form,

355. Character of Mr. Fox and Mr. Pitt.

366. Speech at Plymouth in the Year 1823,

sion of being presented

Henry Grattan, 1750–1820. 457

with the Freedom of that Town.

356. Attack upon Mr. Flood.

Lord Brougham, 1779-1868. 474

357. Speech against Napoleon, May 25, 1815.

367. Peril of denying Just Reforms.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 368. Slavery opposed to the Law of Nature.

1751-1816. ..

462 Edward Irving, 1792–1834.

358. From his Speech against Warren Has-

369. The Object of Miracles.

tings in the House of Commons, Feb.

370. Anticipation of a Future World of

7, 1787

Glory.

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INDEX OF AUTHORS.

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Addison, Joseph.

232
Akenside, Mark.

287
Alfred, King.
Ascham, Roger.

53
Bacon, Francis.

93
Barbour, John.
Barrow, Isaac.

208
Baxter, Richard.

.-156
Beaumont and Fletcher. • 125
Bentham, Jeremy.

439
Berkeley, Bishop.

242
Berners, Lord.
Blair, Robert.

282
Bolingbroke, Lord.

240
Boyle, Robert

213
Brougham, Lord.

474
Browne, Sir Thomas.

150
Browne, William.

142
Browning, Elizabeth B.

408
Buckhurst, Lord.

73
Bunyan, John.

197
Burke, Edmund.

272, 444
Burnet, Gilbert.

215
Burns, Robert.

315
Burton, Robert.

98
Butler, Samuel.

182
Butler, Bishop.

230
Byron, Lord.

339
Caedmon.

17
Campbell, Thomas.

363
Canning, George. 399, 472
Carew, Thomas.

142
Caxton, William.

48
Chalmers, Thomas.

434
Chatham, Earl of.

270, 442
Chatterton, Thomas.

310
Chaucer, Geoffrey.

29-36
Chillingworth, William.

149
Clarendon, Earl of.
Coleridge, S. T. .

377
Collins, William.

286
Cowley, Abraham.
Cowper, William.

Crabbe, George.
Crashaw, Richard.
Curran, John Philpot.
Daniel, Samuel.
Darwin, Erasmus.
Davenant, Sir William.
Davies, Sir John.
Defoe, Daniel.
Denham, Sir John.
Donne, John.
Doddridge, Philip.
Drayton, Michael.
Drummond, William.
Dryden, John.
Dunbar William.
Erskine, Lord.
Evelyn, John.
Falconer, William.
Feltham, Owen.
Fielding, Henry.
Fletcher, Giles.
Ford, John.
Foster, John.
Fox, Charles James.
Fuller, Thomas. .
Gascoigne, George.
Gay, John. .
Gibbon, Edward.
Goldsmith, Oliver.
Gower, John
Grattan, Henry.
Gray, Thomas.
Habington, William.
Hales,

John.
Hall, Bishop.
Hall, Joseph.
Hall, Robert.
Hallam, Henry.
Hamilton, Sir William.
Hazlitt, William.
Hemans, Felicia Dorothea.
Herbert, George.
Herbert, Lord.

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Herrick, Robert.
Hobbes, Thomas.
Hood, Thomas.
Hooker, Richard.
Howe, John.
Hume, David.
Irving, Edward.
Jaines I., King.
Jeffrey, Francis.
Johnson, Samuel.
Jonson, Ben.
Junius, Letters of.
Keats, John.
Lamb, Charles
Latimer, Hugh.
Layamon.
Locke, John.
Lockhart, J. Gibson.
Lovelace, Sir R.
Lyndsay, Sir David.
Macaulay, Thomas B.
Mackintosh, Sir J.
Macpherson, James.
Mandeville, Sir John de.
Marlowe, Christopher.
Marvell, Andrew.
Massinger, Philip.
Miller, Hugh.
Milton, Johni
Montagu, Lady Mary.
Montgomery, James.
Moré, Sir Thomas.
Moore, Thomas.
Newton, Sir Isaac.
Overbury, Sir Thơmas.
Paley, William.
Parnell, Thomas.
Pepys, Samuel.
Pitt, William, Jun.
Pollok, Robert.
Pope, Alexander.
Prior, Matthew.
Quarles, Francis.
Quincey, Thomas de.
Raleigh, Sir Walter.
Ray, John. ·
Robertson, William.

Rogers, Samuel..
Scott, Sir Walter.
Shaftesbury, Lord.
Shakspeare, William.
Shelley, Percy B.
Shenstone, William.
Sheridan, Richard B.
Sherlock, William.
Shirley, James.
Sidney, Algernon.
Skelton, John.
Smith, Adam.
Smith, Horace.
Smith, Sydney
Smollett, Tobias G.
South, Robert.
Southey, Robert.
Southwell, Robert.
Spenser, Edmund.
Steele, Sir Richard.
Sterne, Laurence.
Suckling, Sir John..
Surrey; Earl of.
Swift, Jonathan..
Sydney, Sir Philip.
Taylor; Jeremy:
Temple, Sir William.
Thomson; James.
Thurlow, Lord.
Tillotson, John.
Tyndale, William.
Vaux, Lord.
Waller: Edmund.
Walton, Izaak.
Walpole. Horace.
Watts, Isaac.
Whateley; Richard.
Webster, John.
Wicliffe, John de.
Wilson, John.
Wither, George.
Wolcott, John.
Wolfe, Rev. Charles.
Wordsworth, William.
Wyatt, Sir T..
Young; Edward.

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239
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357

285
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212
132
195

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418
247
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387
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75
237
248
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CHOICE

SPECIMENS OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.

CHAPTER 1.

ANGLO-SAXON, SEMI-SAXON, AND OLD ENGLISH LITERATURE.

A. -ANGLO-SAXON.

1.- CAEDMON, A. D.650. The Creation. (Manual, p. 26.)

(From Guest's English Rhythms, vol. ii. p. 32.)

Ne wæs her tha giet, nymthe heol- Ne had there here as yet, save the ster-sceado,

vault-shadow, Wiht geworden; ac thes wida Aught existed ; but this wide grund

abyss Stod deop and dim drihtne Stood deep and dim - strange to fremde,

its Lord, Idel ? and únnyt.

Idle? and useless.
On thone eagum wlat

On it with eyes glanc'd Stith-frihth cining, and tha stowe The stalwart king, and the place beheold

beheld Dreama lease. Geseah deorc ges- All joyless. He saw dark cloud

weorc Semian

3

sinnihte, sweart under Lour with lasting night, swart roderum,

under heaven, Wonn* and weste; oth that.theos Wan 4 and waste; till this world's woruld-gesceaft

creation Thurh word gewearth wuldor- Rose through the word of the cyninges.

glory-King Her ærest gesceop éce drihten Here first shap'd the eternal Lord (Helm eall-wihta!) heofon and (Head of all things !) heaven and eorthan;

earth; Rodor arærde, and this rume land Sky he rear'd, and this wide land Gestathelode - strangum mihtum, He 'stablish'd - by his strong

might, Frea almihtig!

Lord Almighty!
Folde was tha gyt

Earth was not as yet Græs-úngrene; gár-secg theahte, Green with grass; ocean cover'd,

1 Fremde has a double ending in the nominative-one vowel, the other consonantal. 3 Idel, A. S., barren, idle. Deserts idle. - Othello. Ile pebbles. - Lear. 3 Seman is the active verb; semian, I believe, is always neuter. In Caedmon 4. 4 Wan, in the sense of dismal, was long known to our poetry:

Vin is the drenching in the sea so wan. - Chaucer, Knightes Tale.

Sweart synnihte, side and wide, Swart with lasting night, wide and

far, Wonne wægas.

Wan pathways.
Tha wæs wuldor-torht,

Then glory-bright, Heofon-weardes gast ofer hólm Was the spirit of Heaven's-Guard boren,

o'er the water borne, Miclum spedum.

With mighty speed.
Metod engla heht,

Bade the Angel-maker, (Lifes brytta) leoht forth cuman (The Life-dispenser) light to come

forth Ofer rumne grúnd. Rathe wæs O'er the wide abyss. Quick was gefylled

fulfill'd Heah-cininges has him wæs The high King's hest-round him halig leoht,

was holy light, Ofer wéstenne, swa se wyrhta be- Over the waste, as the Maker bead.

bade.

2. KING ALFRED. Ohther's Narrative, in Translation of

Boëthius. (Manual, p. 28.) (From Marsh's Origin and History of the English Language, pp. 125–128.) Fela spella him sædon tha Beor Many things him told the Beormas, ægther ge of hyra agenummas, both of their own land and of lande ge of thæm lande the ymb the land that around them about hy utan wæron; ac he nyste hwæt were; but he wist-not what (of-) thæs sothes wær, forthæm he hit the sooth was, for-that he it self sylf ne geseah. Tha Finnas him not saw. The Finns him thought, thuhte, and tha Beormas spræcon and the Beormas spoke nigh one neah an getheode. Swithost he language. Chiefliest he fared thifor thyder, to-eacan thæs landes ther, besides the land's seeing, for sceawunge, for thæm hors-hwæl- the horse-whales, for-that they um, forthæm hi habbath swythe have very noble bones in their æthele ban on hyra tothum, tha teeth, these teeth they brought teth hy brohton sume thæm cy- some (to-) the king: and their hide nincge: and hyra hyd bith swythe is very good for ship-ropes. This god to scip-rapum. Se hwæl bith whale is much less that other micle læssa thonne othre hwalas, whales, not is he longer than seven ne bith he lengra thonne syfan ells long; but in his own land is elna lang; ac on his agnum lande i the best whale-hunting, they are is se betsta hwæl-huntath, tha beoth eight and forty ells long, and the eahta and feowertiges elna lange, largest fifty ells long; (of-) these and tha mæstan fiftiges elna lange; he said that he (of-) six some slew thara he seede thæt he syxa sum sixty in two days. He was (a) ofsloge syxtig on twam dagum. very wealthy man in the ownings He was swythe spedig man on that their wealth in is, that is in thæm æhtum the heora speda on wild-deer. He had yet, when he beoth, thæt is on wild-deorum. the king sought, (of-) tame deer He hæfde tha-gyt, tha he thone unsold six hundred. These deer cyningc sohte, tamra deora unbe- they hight reins, (of-) them were bohtra syx hund. Tha deor hi six stale-reins, these are very dear hatath hranas, thara wäron syx with (the) Finns, for-that they stæl-hranas, tha beoth swythe dyre catch the wild reins with (them). mid Finnum, for-thæm hy fod tha wildan hranas mid.

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