For cool and sustained declamation he stood unrivalled in parliament, and his readiness in debate was universally acknowledged.
Cobden did the reasoning, Bright supplied the declamation, but like Demosthenes he mingled argument with appeal.
The latter part of the essay is remarkable for its fervid presentment of the charms of scenery and for vigorous declamation against the follies and a crimes of ambitious men.
Several years after the death of Socrates the sophist Polycrates composed a declamation against him, to which Lysias replied.
In literature and oratory he was more distinguished, receiving a Boylston prize for declamation, and two Bowdoin prizes for dissertations, the first essay being on "The Character of Socrates" and the second on "The Present State of Ethical Philosophy" - both rather dull, formal, didactic productions.