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4 MEMBERS. The splendour of the firmament', the verdure of the earth', the varied colours of the flowers, which fill the air with their fragrance', and the music of those artless voices which mingle on every tree', all conspire to captivate our hearts, and to swell them with the most rapturous delight.
5 MEMBERS.-The verdant lawn, the shady grove', the variegated landscape', the boundless ocean', and the starry firmament', are contemplated with pleasure by every beholder.
6 MEMBERS.-France and England may each of them have some reason to dread the increase of the naval and military power of the other; but for either of them to envy the internal happiness and prosperity of the other, the cultivation of its lands', the advancement of its manufactures', the increase of its commerce', the security and number of its ports and harbours', its proficiency in all the liberal arts and sciences', is surely beneath the dignity of two such great nations.
7 MEMBERS.-A contemplation of God's works', a voluntary act of justice to our own detriment', a generous concern for the good of mankind', tears shed in silence for the misery of others', a private desire of resentment broken and subdued', an unfeigned exercise of humility', or any other' virtue, are such actions as denominate men great and reputable.
8 MEMBERS. To acquire a thorough knowledge of our own hearts and characters', to restrain every irregular inclination`,to subdue every rebellious passion',-to purify the motives of our conduct',-to form ourselves to that temperance which no pleasure can seduce',-to that meekness which no provocation can ruffle',—to that patience which no affliction can overwhelm`, and that integrity which no interest can shake' ; this is the task which is assigned to us,—a task which cannot be performed without the utmost diligence and care.
9 MEMBERS.-Absalom's beauty', Jonathan's love', David's valour', Solomon's wisdom', the patience of Job', the prudence of Augustus', the eloquence of Cicero', the innocence of Wisdom', and the intelligence of all, though faintly amiable in the creature, are found in immense perfection in the Creator.
10 MEMBERS.-The beauty of a plain', the greatness of a mountain, the ornaments of a building', the expression of a picture', the composition of a discourse', the conduct of a third' person, the proportions of different quantities and numbers', the various appearances which the great machine of the universe is perpetually exhibiting', the secret wheels and springs which produce them, all the general subjects of science and taste', are what we and our companions regard as having no peculiar relation to either of us.
COMPOUND CONCLUDING SERIES.
RULE.-The falling inflection takes place on every member except the last but one.
2 MEMBERS.-Belief in the existence of a God is the great incentive to duty', and the great source of consolation'.
3 MEMBERS.-When myriads and myriads of ages have elapsed, the righteous shall still have a blessed eternity before them: still continue brightening in holiness', increasing in happiness', and rising in glory'.
4 MEMBERS.-Watch' ye, stand fast in the faith', quit you like men', be strong.
5 MEMBERS.-We should acknowledge God in all our ways'; mark the operations of his hand'; cheerfully submit to his severest dispensations'; strictly observe his laws'; and rejoice to fulfil his gracious purpose'.
6 MEMBERS. Without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh', justified in the spirit', seen of angels', preached unto the gentiles', believed on in the world', received up into glory'.
7 MEMBERS.—A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly', assists readily', adventures boldly', takes all patiently', defends resolutely', and continues a friend unchangeably.
8 MEMBERS.-True gentleness teaches us to bear one another's burdens'; to rejoice with those who rejoice'; to weep with those who weep'; to please every one his neighbour for his good'; to be kind and tender-hearted'; to be pitiful and courteous'; to support the weak'; and to be patient towards all` men.
9 MEMBERS.-They through faith subdued kingdoms', wrought righteousness', obtained promises', stopped the mouths of lions', quenched the violence of fire', escaped the edge of the sword', out of weakness were made strong', waxed valiant in fight', turned to flight the armies of the aliens'.
10 MEMBERS.-Leviculus was so well satisfied with his own accomplishments, that he determined to commence fortune hunter; and when he was set at liberty, instead of beginning, as was expected, to walk the exchange with a face of importance, or of associating himself with those who were most eminent for their knowledge of the stocks, he at once threw off the solemnity of the counting' house, equipped himself with a modish wig, and a splendid coat', listened to wits in the coffee'-houses, passed his evenings behind the scenes in the theatres', learned the names
of beauties of quality', hummed the last stanzas of fashionable songs', talked with familiarity of high play', boasted of his achievements upon drawers and coachmen, told with negligence and jocularity of bilking a tailor', and now and then let fly a shrewd jest at a sober citizen'.
CONTAINING BOTH THE COMMENCING AND CONCLUDING SERIESES.
1. He who is self-existent', omnipresent', omniscient`, and omnipotent', is likewise infinitely holy', and just', and good'.
2. Families', and states', and empires', have their rise', and glory', and decline".
3. He who resigns the world, has no temptation to envy', hatred', malice', or anger', but is in constant possession of a serene mind; he who follows the pleasures of it, which are in their very nature disappointing, is in constant search of care', solicitude', remorse', and confusion'.
4. The simple whom the unrighteous have beguiled', the innocent whom they have betrayed', the poor whom they have oppressed', and the friendless whom they have undone', rise up in 'terrible array` before them, upbraid them for their guilt', and torment them before the time'.'
5. To deserve', to acquire', and to enjoy the respect and admiration of mankind, are the great objects of ambition' and emulation'.
6. Those characters of early language, descriptive sound', vehement tones and gestures', figurative style', and inverted arrangement', all hang together', have a mutual influence' on each other, and have all gradually given place to arbitrary` sounds, calm pronunciation, simple style, plain' arrangement.
7. All passions, without exception, love', terror', amazement', indignation, anger', and grief', throw the mind into confusion', aggravate their objects, and prompt a hyperbolical style.
8. The historian', the orator', the philosopher', address themselves, for the most part, primarily to the understanding: their direct aim is to inform', to persuade', or to instruct`.
1. Vicissitudes of good' and evil', of trials' and consolations', fill up the life of man.
2. The high' and the low', the mighty' and the mean`, the king' and the cottager', lie blended together without any order.
3. While the earth remaineth, seed'-time and harvest', cold' and heat', summer and winter', and day' and night' shall not
4. The wise' and the foolish', the virtuous' and the vile', the learned' and the ignorant', the temperate and the profligate', must often be blended together.
5. In all stations and conditions, the important relations take place, of masters' and servants', husbands' and wives', parents' and children', brothers' and friends', citizens' and subjects'.
SERIES OF SERIESES.
RULE I.-When several members of a sentence, consisting of distinct portions of similar or opposite words in a series, follow in succession, they must be pronounced singly, according to the number of members in each portion, and together, according to the number of portions in the whole sentence, that the whole may form one related compound series.
1. The soul consists of many faculties, as the understanding' and the will', with all the senses both inward' and outward'; or, to speak more philosophically, the soul can exert herself in many different ways of action: she can understand', will', imagine', see', and hear'; love' and discourse'; and apply herself to many other like exercises of different kinds and natures'.
2. The condition', speech', and behaviour of the dying parents'; with the age', innocence', and distress of the children', are set forth in such tender circumstances, that it is impossible for a reader of common humanity not to be affected with them.
3. Satan's pride', envy', and revenge'; obstinacy', despair', and impenitence', are all of them very artfully interwoven.
4. The man who lives under an habitual sense of the divine presence, keeps up a perpetual cheerfulness of temper, and enjoys every moment the satisfaction of thinking himself in company with his dearest and best of friends. He no sooner steps out of the world, but his heart burns with devotion', swells with hope', and triumphs in the consciousness of that presence which every where surrounds' him; or on the contrary pours out its fears', its sorrows', its apprehensions', to the great Supporter of its existence.
5. For I am persuaded, that neither death', nor life'; nor angels', nor principalities', nor powers'; nor things present', nor things to come'; nor height' nor depth'; nor any other creature', shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord'.
RULE II.—Where the sense of the sentence does not require force, precision, or distinction (which is but seldom the case), where the sentence commences with a conditional or suppositive conjunction, or where the language is plaintive and poetical, the falling inflection seems less suitable than the rising.
1. Seeing then that the soul has many different faculties', or in other words many different ways of acting'; that it can be intensely pleased or made happy by all' these different faculties or ways of acting; that it may be endowed with several latent faculties, which it is not at present in a condition to exert'; that we cannot believe the soul is endowed with any faculty which is of no use' to it; that whenever any one of these faculties is transcendently pleased, the soul is in a state of happiness'; and in the last place, considering that the happiness of another world, is to be the happiness of the whole man'; who can question but that there is an infinite variety in those pleasures we are speaking' of; and that this fulness of joy will be made up of all those pleasures, which the nature of the soul is capable of receiving'?
2. When the gay and smiling aspect of things has begun to leave the passages to a man's heart thus thoughtlessly unguarded'; when kind and caressing looks of every object without, that can flatter his senses, has conspired with the enemy within, to betray him and put him off his defence'; when music likewise hath lent her aid, and tried her power upon the passions'; when the voice of singing men, and the voice of singing women, with the sound of the viol and the lute, have broke in upon his soul, and in some