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of beauty and ornament is poured forth on the face of nature! What a magnificent spectacle presented to the view of man! What supply contrived for his wants ! What a variety of objects set before him to gratify his senses, to employ his understanding, to entertain his imagination, to cheer and gladden his heart! Indeed, the very existence of the universe is a standing memorial of the goodness of the Creator.
RULE 10. When excessive joy is accompanied by strong excitement, it should be read on an elevated key, and sometimes even on the shouting pitch, with the prevailing falling inflection.
I hold to you the hands you first beheld,
heads into the sky!
QUESTION. What is the rule for excessive joy accompanied by strong excite ment!
2. Go ring the bells, and fire the guns,
And fling the starry banner out;
Give back their cradle shout:
Of honor, liberty, and fame;
With “ Glory” for each second word,
To praise our glorious liberty !
Shouting and Narrative.
An hour passed on; the Turk awoke;
That bright dream was his last;
He woke - to die 'midst flame, and smoke,
And death-shots falling thick and fast
altars and your fires; Strike - for the green graves of your sires ;
God, and your native land !”
• Boz-zar”-is, (Marco,) a Grecian commander, who fell in an attack on the Terke at Lapsi, August 20th, 1823. He expired in the moment of victory.
EXERCISE XIV. RULE 11. The language of anger, vexation, excessive bodily pain, unsuppressed fear, alarm, and terror, is loud, high, vehement, and rapid in movement, varying, however, according to the intensity of excitement. The falling inflection prevails in the expression of these emotions.
NOTE. The language of suspicion, apprehension, and suppressed fear, usually requires a suppressed voice, or an aspirated under-tone, combined with the tremor or intermittent stress.
Impatience, Anger, and Contempt.
Cas. Urge me no more; I shall forget myself :
Bru. Away, slight man!
Bru, Hear me, for I will speak.
Cas. Must I endure all this?
QUESTION. What is the rule for the language of anger, vexation, fear, alarm, and termor?
. Cas'si-us, (Caius,) the friend of Brutus, and a conspirator against Cæsar.
You shall digest the venom of your spleen,
Cas. Is it come to this?
Bru. You say, you are a better soldier:
Cas. You wrong me every way — you wrong ine, Brutus:
Bru. If you did, I care not.
for. Bru. You have done that
should be sorry for.
you denied me.
Was that done like Cassius?
Should I have answered Caius Cassius so?
Cas. I denied you not.
Cas. I did not; - he was but a fool
Bru. I do not, till you practice them on me.
Bru. A flatterer's would not, though they did appear As huge as high Olympus.*
Pain, Alarm, and Unsuppressed Fear. 1. Search there; nay, probe me; search my
Oh! 't is death! 't is death!
Cæsar cried," Help me, Cassius, or I sink.”
O-lym'pas, a celebrated mountain in Thessaly, the top of which, Homer repm. Bonts as the dwelling of the gods.