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Prodigious power had shown, and met in arms
Intestine war in heaven, th' arch-foe subdued.
Made horrid circles; two broad suns their shields
PAUL'S DEFENSE BEFORE KING AGRIPPA. 1. THEN said Agrippa unto Paul : “Thou art permitted to speak for thyself.” Then Paul stretched forth his hand and answered for himself.
2. I think myself happy, king Agrippa', because I shall answer for myself, this day, before thee, touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews'; especially, because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews : wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. My manner of life from my youth', which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem', know all the Jews; who knew me from the beginning , if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee.
* Observe the improper pronunciation of the word "aspect,” required by the poetic accent. In this case an equal degree of force may be given to each syllable.
3. And now, I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers'; unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa', I am accused of the Jews. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead' ? I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which things I also did' in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief-priests, and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
4. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them, even unto strange cities. Whereupon, as I went to Damascus, with authority and commission from the chief-priests, at mid-day, 0 King', I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue', Saul', Saul', why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the goads. And I said', Who art' thou, Lord' ?
5. And he said', I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest. But rise and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear' unto thee; delivering thee from the people and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God; that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified, by faith that is in me.
6. Whereupon, O king Agrippa', I was not disobedient' unto the heavenly vision; but showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. Having, therefore, obtained help of God', I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small' and great', saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say
should come ;
that Christ should suffer', and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead', and should show light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
7. And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, " Paul, thou art beside thyself, much learning hath made
thee mad." But he said, “I am not mad', most noble Festus', but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth' of these things, before whom I speak freely'; for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner'. King Agrippa', believest thou the prophets'? I know that thou believest."
8. Then Agrippa said unto Paul'; “ Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian." And Paul said, “I would to God that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost', and altogether' such as I' am, except these bonds.” And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor and Bernice, and they that sat with them. And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying; “This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds." Then said Agrippa unto Festus; “ This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Cesar.”
(This lesson requires a high key.)
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
2. Now set the teeth', and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath', and bend up every spirit
And you, good yeomen',
The story of our thralldom. We are-slaves!!
In that strange spell ;-& NAME'. 2.
Each hour, dark fraud,
voice in servile shouts,
To the beloved disciple. 3.
How I loved,
The corse, the mangled corse, and then (h) I cried
brave sons"? Look in the next fierce brawl
Be answered by the lash'.
(1) Yet this — is Rôme,
Of beauty, ruled the world! Yet we are Rômans!
Was greater than a king! 5.
And once again,-
Of either Brutus! Once again, I swear,
The remaining exercises of Part II. are promiscuously arranged, and are intended to illustrate all the principles which have been explained.
LESSON XLII. 47
THE FORTUNE TELLER.
1. HARLEY sat down on a large stone, by the way-side, to take a pebble from his shoe, when he saw, at some distance, a beggar' approaching him. He had on a loose sort of coat mended with different-colored rags, among which the blue and russet were predominant. He had a short, knotty stick in his hand; and on the top of it was stuck a ram's horn; he wore no shoes, and his stockings had entirely lost that part of them which would have covered his feet and ancies; in his face, however, was the plump appearance of good humor; he walked a good round pace, and a crook-legged dog trotted at his heels.
2. “Our delicacies,” said Harley to himself, “are fantastic; they are not in nature! That beggar' walks over the sharpest of these stones barefooted, whilst I have lost the most delightful dream in the world, from the smallest of them happening to get into my shoe.” The beggar had by this time come up, and pulling off a piece of a hat, asked charity of Harley. Tlie dog began to beg too. It was impossible to resist both; and, in truth, the want