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that is uttered. Unless the orator have a lofty ideal of virtue always prominent before his mind, his eloquence must be misapplied, abused, imperfect, impure, and therefore not entitled to the name which is given to it by inconsiderate men.
RULE II. Sentences beginning with an interrogative pro
noun or adverb or questions which cannot be answered by “yes” or “no,” generally close with the falling inflection.
Who sank thy sunless pillars deep in eàrth?
Extract from “Paradise and the Peri.”
Now, upon Syria's land of roses,
And whitens with eternal sleet,
Is sleeping rosy at his feet.
Of ruined shrines, busy and bright
Banqueting through the flowery vales ; And, Jordan, those sweet banks of thine,
And woods so full of nightingales !
But nought can charm the luckless Peri;
Flinging their shadows from on high,
Had raised to count his ages by!
Yet haply there may lie concealed,
Beneath those chambers of the sun,
With the great name of Solomon,
Which, spelled by her illumined eyes, May teach her where, beneath the moon, In earth or ocean, lies the boon,
* The Temple of the Sun at Balbec.
The charm, that can restore, so soon,
An erring spirit to the skies !
Cheered by this hope, she bends her thither;
Still laughs the radiant eye of Heaven,
Nor have the golden bowers of even, In the rich west, begun to wither ; When, o'er the vale of Balbec winging
Slowly, she sees a child at play,
As rosy and as wild as they ;
From his hot steed, and, on the brink
Impatient, fling him down to drink.
Then swift his haggard brow he turned
To the fair child, who fearless sat,
Upon a brow more fierce than that,
Yet tranquil now that man of crime-
Met that unclouded, joyous gaze,
Encounter morning's glorious rays.
But hark! the vesper-call to prayer,
As slow the orb of daylight sets,
From Syria's thousand minarets !
Kneels, with his forehead to the south,
From Purity's own cherub mouth; And looking, while his hands and eyes Are lifted to the glowing skies, Like stray babe of Paradise, Just lighted on that flowery plain, And seeking for its home again! O, 'twas a sight, — that heaven – that child,A scene, which might have well beguiled Even haughty Eblis of a sigh For glories lost, and peace gone by.
Nor found one sunny resting-place,
And hope, and feeling, which had slept
Fresh o'er him, and he wept -- he wept!
Blest tears of soul-felt penitence!
In whose benign, redeeming flow
Of guiltless joy that guilt can know.
And now behold him kneeling there,
RULE III. Interrogative sentences commencing with a verb,
or questions which may be answered by yes” or “no," usually end with the rising inflection.
Can the soldier, when he girdeth on his armor, boast like him that putteth it off? Can the merchant predict that the speculation, on which he has entered, will be infallibly