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But not distinctively. I did consent,
V. REPORT OF AN ADJUDGED CASE, NOT
TO BE FOUND IN ANY OF THE BOOKS.
BETWEEN nose and eyes, a strange contest arose, The spectacles set them unhappily wrong; The point in dispute was, as all the world knows, To which the said spectacles ought to belong. So the tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of learning; While chief-baron ear sat to balance the laws, So famed for his talent in nicely discerning.
66 In behalf of the nose, it will quickly appear, And your lordship” (he said) “will undoubtedly find, That the nose has had spectacles always in wear; Which amonnts to possession time out of mind.” (Then holding the spectacles up to the court-) “ Your lordship observes they are made with a straddle As wide as the ridge of the nose is; in short, Designed to sit close to it just like a saddle.
6 Again, would your lordship'a moment suppose, ('Tis a case that has happened, and may be again, That the visage or countenance had not a nose; Pray who would, or who could wear the spectacles then?
" On the whole it appears, and my argument shews, With a reasoning the court will never condemn,
That the spectacles plainly were made for the nose, And the nose was as plainly intended for them."
Then shifting his side, as a lawyer knows how, He pleaded again in behalf of the eyes ; But what were his arguments 'few people know, For the court did not think they were equally wise.
So his lordship decreed, with a grave solemn tone, Decisive and clear, without one if or but That whenever the nose put his spectacles on, By day-light or candle-light-eyes should be shut.
VI. Henry V, condemning treason.
The sweetuess of affiance! Shew men dutiful?
VII. Accusation of Tertullus against St. Paul, be
SEEING, that through thee, we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done for this nation, through thy prospicience, we accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious uuto thee, I pray thee, that thou wouldst hear me, of thy cle. mency, a few words. For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes; who also hath gone about to profane the temple; whom we took, and would have judged ac. cording to our law: but the chief captain, Lysias, came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, commanding his accusers to come unto thee: By examining of whom thyself, thou mayest take known ledge of all those things, whereof we accuse him.
VIII. St. Paul's defence, before Felix, in reply to
the accusation of Tertullus.
FORASMUCH as I know that thou hast been for many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself. Because that thou must understand that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalemn, for to worship; and they neither found me in the temple, disputing with any man, vor raising up the people, either in the synagogues, or in the city; nor can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. But this I confess unto thee, that after the way
which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law, and in the prophets; and have hope towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence towards God, and towards, men.
Now, after many years, I came to bring alms to my
nation, and offerings; whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with mul. titude, nor with tumult; who ought to have been here before thee, and accuse, if they had ought against me. Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, when I stood before the council; ex. cept it be for this one declaration, which I proclaimed standing among them, “ Touching the resurrection of the dead, I am called in question by you this day."
IX. St. Paul's defence before Agrippa.
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 ques. itions 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 rigorous 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 this hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. Why should it be thought a thing incredible to 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 Jesusa. lem; and many of the saints did shut up in prison; 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.
Whereupon as I went to Damascus, with anthority and commission from the chief priests, at mid-day, O king! I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me, and then