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“There's another,- not a sister,-in the happy days gone by,
weak, His eyes put on a dying look,- he sighed, and ceased to speak; His comrade bent to lift him, but the spark of life had fled – The soldier of the Legion in a foreign land was dead ! And the soft moon rose up slowly, and calmly she looked down On the red sand of the battle-field, with bloody corses stre Yes, calmly on that dreadful scene her pale light seemed to shine, As it shone on distant Bingen — fair Bingen on the Rhine.
THE NATION'S DEAD.
Four hundred thousand men,
The brave — the good — the true,
Lie dead for me and you !
For me and you !
By many a black bayou,
And died for me and you !
For me and you!
Their ready swords they drew,
To gain for me and you !
For me and you !
They charged — those boys in blue -'Mid surging smoke, and volley'd ball The bravest were the first to fall!
To fall for me and you !
For me and you !
Their martyr spirits grew
They starved for me and you !
For me and you !
To them is justly due,
“ They died for me and you!” Four hundred thousand of the brave Made this, our ransomed soil, their grave
For me and you !
INFLECTIONS. Inflections are the peculiar slides which the voice takes in pronouncing a letter, syllable, or word.
The Rising Inflection is the upward slide of the voice. he indicated by the acute accent (!).
The Falling Inflection is the downward slide of the voice. It may be indicated by the grave accent (1).*
The Circumflex or Wave is the union of the rising and falling inflections. It is called Direct when the first interval ascends (~); Inverted, when the order of the intervals is reversed (v); Equal, when the rising and falling are the same, and Unequal, when they are different. It is called Single when two intervals only are thus joined (v or ^); Double, when another is joined continuously to the second of the single form (n).
“ The use of Inflection is to give significance to speech ; it constitutes that part of modulation addressed to the understanding, ranking next to distinct articulation, as the means of rendering consecutive oral expression intelligible. It has, too, a certain effect of local melody,--so to term it,in the successive clauses of a sentence, without which aid we could not discriminate between the commencement and the completion of a thought addressed to the ear.
Propriety of tone, even in the plainest forms of prose reading, is wholly dependent on the right use of inflections. In the reading of verse, appropriate inflections are the only means of avoiding the two great evils of monotony and chant.” Russell,
“Words may be considered under three aspects: as representatives of simple thought, as indicative of an enforcing of thought and as expressive of passion. The progress of the voice in speaking (as before stated) is called Jelody. The course of melody under the direction of simple thought, is through the interval of a tone in the radical change, with a concrete rise of a tone from each of those radicals. But the portions of discourse representing simple thought are limited : thoughts are to be enforced and passions expressed. The tenor of the simple diatonic melody is therefore often interrupted by an occurrence of wider intervals of the scale both in the concrete and discrete forms.”-Rush.
* Should the pupil be unable readily to distinguish between the rising and falling inflections, the following plan may be adopted to overcome the difficulty.
Take for illustration the word “constitution.” To exemplify the use of the falling inflection, let the question be asked, “What is the word ? ” — The answer - “ Constitution" will inevitably be given with the falling slide of the voice. To secure the use of the rising slide, a direct question, (demanding a positive answer, — “yes,” or “no”- ) may be asked by the pupil; thus, “Is the word “Constitution'?” The interrogation will be involuntarily made with the rising inflection.
By the term Octave is meant the uninterrupted movement of the voice from any assumed radical place, througb the notes of the scale, till it vanishes in the eighth degree above or below that radical place.
The Rising Octave expresses the most forcible degree of interrogation, and of emphasis on a rising interval. It is the appropriate intonation of questions accompanied with contempt, mirth, raillery, and the temper or triumph of peevish or indignant argument.
Examples. “ My extravagance ! I'm sure I'm not more extravagant than a woman ought to be.
“Sir Peter, am I to blame because flowers are dear in cold weather ? You should find fault with the climate, and not with me. For my part, I'm sure I wish it was spring all the year round, and that roses grew under our feet.” — SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL. Sheridan.
“Do you deny me justice? Saints of heaven,
He turns from me! Do you deny me justice ?
see around you — Courts and Princes -
RICHELIEU. — Bulwer.
“What? shall we teach our chroniclers henceforth
PHILIP VAN ARTEVELDE. Henry Taylor
“If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me of half a million; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated my enemies. And what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes ? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Is he not fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same summer and winter, as a Christian is? If you stab us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die ? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge ? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility ? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villainy you teach me, I will execute; and it shall go hard, but I will better the instruction.” Shylock, in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.
The Rising Fifth, like the octave, is used for interrogation, - for wonder and admiration, when they embrace a slight degree of inquiry and doubt, and for emphasis. It has, however, less of the smart inquisitiveness of the latter interval ; it is the most common form of interrogation, and 'without having the piercing force of the octave, is equally capable of energy, and is always more dignified in its expression.
“The intonation of the octave, whether by concrete or by radical pitch, is rarely employed; since a rise of eight degrees above the ordinary line of utteranco carries most speakers into the falsette. And even with those in whom the rise might not exceed the natural voice, the melody, wben suddenly changed in radical pitch, would often be ludicrous, from contrast ; or would be in danger of breaking into the falsette in its variations; or would be beyond the limits of the speaker's skilful elocution. These objections do not apply to an occasional skip of radical pitch through the ascent of the fifth; the variation being less striking in contrast; and the interval of a fifth above the common range of the voice, being rarely beyond practicable management.” — Rush.
MARMION. — Scott.