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Example of an Oration, divided into Parts.
Address of St. Paul to Agrippa,
ACTS 26, 2 v.
An Oration is divided as follows, except in some, which have no refutation.- In learning this, or any other Oration, put the Exordium, or beginning into the 1st square; the Narration, into the 2d, &c. as they are numbered. The Confirmation being long I have divided it for Example into four parts, so that it will take up the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th squares. The Refutation will be in the 8th, and the Peroration, or Conclusion, in the 9th. In directing the eye to the Squares while you are getting this off, you will be able to refer to any part of it instantly. In dividing a piece of prose
and associating it with the Squares, take care not to break off too abruptly from one part to the other, but let the period be compleat, before you go to the next square, otherwise you will be apt to perplex yourself, by breaking the thread of the dis
“ 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 first among my own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews, which knew me from the beginning, (if they would testify) that after the straitest sect of our Religion, I lived a Pharisee. 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 thing I also did in Jerusalem : and many of the Saints did I shut
in prison, having received authority from the chief priests : and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them, 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. V. 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 good.-VI. And I said, who art thou Lord ? 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 an inheritance among them, which are sanctified through that faith which is in me.VII. Whereupon, o King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision: but shewed, first unto them of Damascus, and afterwards to those of Jerusalem, and through all the country of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent of their sins, and turn unto God, performing deeds, worthy of that repentance which they profess.”
“ For these causes, the Jews caught me in the Temple, and went about to kill me with their own
hands. 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 have declared should be : that Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should discover light unto the people, and to the Gentiles."
IX.-PERORATION, or CONCLUSION.
“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 also 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, beleivest thou the prophets ? I know that thou beleivest. 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."
Blank verse may be divided according to fancy, as you may put only one line in each square, or one, two, or three periods, according as the connection runs.--Here as in all other instances, take advantage of all the imagery that offer; as this will never fail to assist you in learning it with faci. lity; also look in the squares while learning each
Part, otherwise there can be no association between the eye
and the place of loquallity:
An E.cample, from part of NORVAL. 1 My name is Norval : on the Grampian hills
My father feeds his flock : a frugal swain, Whose constant cares were to increase his store,
And keep his only son, myself, at home. 2 For I had heard of battles, and I longed
To follow to the field some warlike Lord ;
And Heaven soon granted what my sire denied. 3 This moon which rose last night round as my shield
Had not yet filled her horns, when by her light, A band of fierce barbarians, from the hills, Rush'd like a torrent down upon the yale, Toy Sweeping our Aocks and herds.
You will perceive this is to be put in the first, second, and third squares; and here are a variety of images to assist you in attaining it. In the first part, bring before your view as you look towards the square, Norval, the hills, the father, the flock, &c.-In the second, fancy to yourself the din of war, the clash of swords, and that you are going to the field of battle, &c.—In the third, bring before the eye of the mind, the moon, shield, band of barbarians, &c. and depend upon it, if you follow this mode of using the imagination, you will not only learn things in one fourth part of the time, but it will be more permanently fixed in the memory. Any speech, harrangue, &c. that you hear drop from the lips of another person, you may associate with the squares of the Wall opposite you; paying attention to the discourse with