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6. The bliss of man (could pride that blessing find,)
7. Where thy true treasure? Gold says, not in me ;"
8. All this dread order break-for whom? for thee?
9. O the dark days of vanity! while here,
10. Whatever is, is right. This world, 'tis true,
And which more blest? who chained his country, say,
The word SERIES is here used to denote an enumeration of particulars.
A Commencing series is that which begins a sentence, but does not end it.
A Concluding series is that which ends a sentence, whether it begins it or not.
The series, whose members consist of single words, is called a simple series.
The series, whose members consist of two or more words, is called a compound series.
No. of Members. 2.....
No. of Members.
1'2' 3' 4'
1'2' 3' 4'
1'2' 3' 4' 5'
.1'2' 3' 4' 5'
1'2' 3' 4' 5' 6'
1'2' 3' 4' 5' 6'7'
1'2' 3' 4' 5' 6'
10 ........1 ` 2` 3' 4' 5' 6' 7` 8' 9' 10′ || 10...1` 2' 3' 4' 5' 6' 7' 8' 9′ 10`
SIMPLE COMMENCING SERIES
OF 2 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1', 2'.*-Dependence' and obedience' belong to youth.
3 MEMBERS.+-RULE. 1', 2', 3'.-The young', the healthy', and the prosperous', should not presume on their advantages.‡ 4 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1', 2`, 3`, 4.-Humanity', justice', generosity', and public spirit', are the qualities most useful to others.
5 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1', 2, 3, 4, 5'.-The presence', knowledge', power', wisdom', and goodness' of God, must all be unbounded.
6 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1', 2′, 3', 4', 5', 6'.—Desire', aversion', rage', love', hope', and fear', are drawn in miniature upon the stage.
7 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1', 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7'.-Sophocles', Euripides', Pindar', Thucydides', Demosthenes', Phidias', Apelles', were the contemporaries of Socrates or of Plato.
8 MEMBERS. RULE. 1', 2′, 3′, 4′, 5', 6', 7', 8'.—Wine', beauty', music', pomp', study', diversion', business', wisdom', are but poor expedients to heave off the insupportable load of an hour from the heart of man; the load of an hour from the heir of an eternity.
That is the falling inflection takes place on the first member, and the rising on the second.
In a simple commencing series of three members, the first must be pronounced in a somewhat lower tone than the second.
The noun, when attended by the article, or conjunction, is considered in the series as a single word.
9 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5', 6, 7, 8, 9'.-Joy', grief, fear, anger, pity', scorn', hate', jealousy', and love', stamp assumed distinctions on the player.
10 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5', 6', 7, 8, 9, 10'. Next then, you authors, be not you severe; Why, what a swarm of scribblers have we here! One, two, three, four', five', six', seven', eight', nine', ten', All in one row, and brothers of the pen.
SIMPLE CONCLUDING SERIES
OF 2 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1', 2`.-The spirit of true religion breathes gentleness' and affability'.
3 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1', 2′, 3`.-Industry is the law of our being; it is the demand of nature', of reason', and of God`.*
4 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1`, 2′,3′, 4-Fear not, ye righteous, amidst the distresses of life. You have an Almighty Friend continually at hand to pity', to support', to defend', and to relieve' you.
5 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1`, 2′, 3', 4′, 5.-The characteristics of chivalry were, valour', humanity', courtesy', justice', and honour'.'
6 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5', 6'.-Mankind are besieged by war', famine', pestilence', volcano', storm', and fire'.
7 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1', 2, 3, 4', 5', 6', 7'.-They passed over many a frozen, many a fiery Alp; rocks', caves', lakes', fens', bogs', dens', and shades of death'.
8 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1', 2, 3, 4, 5', 6', 7, 8'.-The speaker, having gained the attention and judgment of his audience, must proceed to complete his conquest over the passions; such as admiration', surprise', hope', joy', love', fear', grief', anger'.
9 MEMBERS. RULE. 1', 2, 3, 4, 5', 6', 7', 8', 9'.-The fruit of the Spirit is love', joy', peace', long-suffering', gentleness', goodness', faith', meekness', temperance'.
10 MEMBERS.-RULE. 1', 2', 3', 4, 5', 6', 7', 8', 9', 10. -Mr Locke's definition of wit, with this short explication, comprehends most of the species of wit; as metaphors', enig mas', mottoes', parables', fables', dreams', visions', dramatic' writings, burlesque', and all the methods of allusion'.
In a simple concluding series of three members, the first must be pronounced in a little higher tone than the second. When pronouncing with a degree of solemnity, the first member in this series must have the falling inflection.
COMPOUND COMMENCING SERIES.
RULE. The falling inflection takes place on every member but the last.*
2 MEMBERS.-Common calamities`, and common blessings', fall heavily upon the envious.
3 MEMBERS.--A generous openness of heart', a calm deliberate courage', a prompt zeal for the public service', are at once constituents of true greatness, and the best evidences of it.
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
*When the members of a compound series are numerous, the second must be pronounced a little higher and more forcibly than the first, the third than the second, &c
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