The World’s Famous Orations, Vol. VII
I stand here and can say no more. God help me. Amen.
Before the Diet of Worms

The World’s Famous Orations, Vol. VII

Continental Europe (380–1906)

Two millennia of Western Civilization come into focus through these 281 masterpieces delivered by 213 rhetoricians.


Index to Authors

Part I: Early Christianity
Saint John Chrysostom
The Blessings of Death
Saint Augustine
On the Lord’s Prayer
Peter Abelard
The Divine Tragedy
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Why Another Crusade?
Part II: The Reformation
Girolamo Savonarola
I. A Report on His Embassy to the King
II. After His Excommunication
Huldreich Zwingli
On Mercenary Soldiers
Martin Luther
Before the Diet of Worms
Philip Melanchthon
On the Death of Luther
John Calvin
On Suffering Persecution
Part III: Modern France
Jacques Bénigne Bossuet
On the Death of the Great Condé
On the Passion of Christ
François de Salignac de la Mothe Fénelon
True and False Simplicity
Jean Baptiste Massillon
Of a Malignant Tongue
Camille Desmoulins
Better to Die than not Live Free
Honoré Gabriel Riquetti, Comte de Mirabeau
I. Necker’s Financial Plan
II. On Being Accused of Treasonable Relations to the Court
Antoine Pierre Joseph Marie Barnave
Against Majority Absolutism
Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud
On the Situation in France
Georges Jacques Danton
I. “Dare, Dare Again, Always Dare
II. On Liberty of Worship
III. On Taxing the Rich
Maximilien Marie Isidore Robespierre
I. Against Granting the King a Trial
II. His Last Speech
Jean Paul Marat
In His Own Defense
Pierre Joseph Cambon
On the Situation in France
Louis de Saint-Just
Invective Against Danton
Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac
On the Heroism of the “Vengeur’s” Sailors
Napoleon I
I. To the Army in Italy
II. To the Army of Italy Again
III. Speech to the Directory
IV. During the Egyptian Campaign
V. On the Anniversary of Austerlitz
VI. To His Soldiers at Fontainebleau
VII. After the Return from Elba
Lazare Nicolas Marguerite Carnot
Against Setting Up an Emperor
Alphonse Marie Louis de Lamartine
To a Deputation of Poles
Victor Marie Hugo
In Defense of His Son
Léon Gambetta
Education for the Peasantry in France
Paul Henri Benjamin, Baron d’Estournelles de Constant
France and the United States
Jean Jaurès
In the Debate on Socialism with Clemenceau
Georges Clemenceau
In the Debate on Socialism with Jaurès
Part IV: Italy
Giuseppe Mazzini
To the Young Men of Italy
Giuseppe Garibaldi
To His Soldiers
Camillo Benso, Conte di Cavour
Rome as the Capital of United Italy
Part V: Modern Germany, Hungary and Spain
Frederick II
I. To His Generals Before Invading Silesia
II. To His Generals Before the Battle of Leuthen
Otto von Bismarck
The Canossa Speech
Louis Kossuth
On His Welcome to New York
Emilio Castelar y Ripoll
Plea for a Republic in Spain
Count Albert Apponyi
On the Death of Louis Kossuth