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highest sentimentalities and the purest enthusiasms.

EDW. G. PARKER-The Golden Age of American Oratory. Ch. I.


Præterea multo magis, ut vulgo dicitur viva vox afficit: nam licet acriora sint, quæ legas, ultius tamen in ammo sedent, quæ pronuntiatio, vultus, habitus, gestus dicentis adfigit.

Besides, as is usually the case, we are much more affected by the words which we hear, for though what you read in books may be more pointed, yet there is something in the voice, the look, the carriage, and even the gesture of the speaker, that makes a deeper impression upon the mind.

PLINY the Younger-Epistles. II. 3.

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Fear not, my lord, I'll play the orator As if the golden fee for which I plead Were for myself.

Richard III. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 95.


Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear, Or, like a fairy, trip upon the green.

Venus and Adonis. L. 145.


Charm us, orator, till the lion look no larger than the cat.

TENNYSON-Locksley Hall Sixty Years After. L. 112.

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In the hollow tree, in the old gray tower,
The spectral Owl doth dwell;

Dull, hated, despised, in the sunshine hour,
But at dusk-he's abroad and well!

Not a bird of the forest e'er mates with him-
All mock him outright, by day:

But at night, when the woods grow still and dim,
The boldest will shrink away!

O, when the night falls, and roosts the fowl,
Then, then, is the reign of the Horned Owl!

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Painting with all its technicalities, difficulties, and peculiar ends, is nothing but a noble and expressive language, invaluable as the vehicle of thought, but by itself nothing.

RUSKIN-True and Beautiful. Painting. Introduction.


If it is the love of that which your work represents-if, being a landscape painter, it is love of hills and trees that moves you-if, being a figure painter, it is love of human beauty, and human soul that moves you-if, being a flower or animal painter, it is love, and wonder, and delight in petal and in limb that move you, then the Spirit is upon you, and the earth is yours, and the fullness thereof.

RUSKIN-The Two Paths. Lect. I.

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Of threads of palm was the carpet spun
Whereon he kneels when the day is done,
And the foreheads of Islam are bowed as one!
To him the palm is a gift divine,
Wherein all uses of man combine,-
House and raiment and food and wine!
And, in the hour of his great release,
His need of the palms shall only cease
With the shroud wherein he lieth in peace.
"Allah il Allah!" he sings his psalm,
On the Indian Sea, by the isles of balm;
"Thanks to Allah, who gives the palm!"
WHITTIER-The Palm-Tree.

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