To judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of their declamations
and the bitterness of their invectives.
The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils, have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished; as they continue to be the favorite and fruitful topics from which the adversaries to liberty derive their most specious declamations
. The valuable improvements made by the American constitutions on the popular models, both ancient and modern, cannot certainly be too much admired; but it would be an unwarrantable partiality, to contend that they have as effectually obviated the danger on this side, as was wished and expected.
"I hope," said he, "your majesty has paid no attention to the vain declamations
which the solitude and disgust familiar to kings suggest to the happiest dispositions?"
They consisted of an elaborate scenic background set up near the city gate or on the street, with figures from allegorical or traditional history who engaged in some pantomime or declamation
, but with very little dramatic dialog, or none.
It was a place to quote Alastor in, and nothing but a bad memory prevented my affrighting the oaks and rills with declamation
. As it was, I could only recall the lines
His mouth was now as effectually stopt, as that of quack must be, if, in the midst of a declamation
on the great virtues of his pills and powders, the corpse of one of his martyrs should be brought forth, and deposited before the stage, as a testimony of his skill.
The eloquent Pickwick, with one hand gracefully concealed behind his coat tails, and the other waving in air to assist his glowing declamation
; his elevated position revealing those tights and gaiters, which, had they clothed an ordinary man, might have passed without observation, but which, when Pickwick clothed them--if we may use the expression--inspired involuntary awe and respect; surrounded by the men who had volunteered to share the perils of his travels, and who were destined to participate in the glories of his discoveries.
"When Johnson writes tragedy," said Garrick, "'declamation
roars and passion sleeps':* when Shakespeare wrote, he dipped the pen in his own heart." Garrick did what he could with the play, but it was a failure, and although Johnson continued to believe that it was good, he wrote no more tragedies.
Wopsle said grace with theatrical declamation
- as it now appears to me, something like a religious cross of the Ghost in Hamlet with Richard the Third - and ended with the very proper aspiration that we might be truly grateful.
Admitting that he might be wrong, a frenzied declamation
of the kind would turn him into a worm.
There was a vast deal of solemn deliberation, and hard Scottish reasoning, with an occasional swell of pompous declamation
Graham,' said I, suddenly stopping short, checked in my passionate declamation
by unutterable feelings to behold her actually smiling at the picture of the ruin she had wrought.