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A young attorney of winning grace,
With true judicial celerity ;
Is merely a double verity.
The last of those who came to court Was a lively beau of the dapper sort, "Without any
visible means of support,"
A ragged fellow “a vagrant.”
A courtly fellow was Dapper Jim,
And maugre his meagre pocket,
With Fortunatus to rock it!
Now Dapper Jim his courtship plied,
nothing shorter!" For he said to himself, in his greedy lust, “Whenever he dies, as die he must, And yields to Heaven his vital trust, He's very sure to come down with his dust,'
In behalf of his only daughter.”
And the very magnificent Miss MacBride,
Quite graciously relented ;
With much disdain, consented !
Alas! that people who've got their box
Secure from all financial shocks,
Without the least apology!
Of Mammon's fierce Zoology!
Old John MacBride, one fatal day,
Of Fortune's undertakers;
Among the brokers and breakers !
At his trade again in the very shop
He follows his ancient calling, –
From a dismal dream of falling.
But alas! for the haughty Miss MacBride! 'Twas such a shock to her precious pride! She could n't recover, although she tried
Her jaded spirits to rally ; 'Twas a dreadful change in human affairs, From a Place - Up Town,” to a nook “Up Stairs,"
From an Avenue down to an ailey! Twas little condolence she had, I wot, From her otroops of friends," who had n't forgot
The airs she used to borrow; They had civil phrases enough, but yet 'Twas plain to see that their “deepest regret
Was a different thing from Sorrow !
They owned it could n't have well been worse,
Was truly a dismal feature;
Put it was n’t strange, — they whispered, at all; That the Summer of pride should have its Fall,
Was quite according to Nature!
And some of those chaps who make a pun,
Remarked that moral transgression
Was a very wicked profession!
And vulgar people, the saucy churls,
And mocked at her situation ;
And that was a consolation!”
And to make her cup of woe run over,
Was the very first to forsake her ;
To quiet the butcher and baker!”
And now the unhappy Miss MacBride,
Bewails her lonely position;
Was ever a worse condition ?
Because you flourish in worldly affairs,
With insolent pride of station !
But learn, for the sake of your soul's repose,
Is subject to irritation !
INFLECTIONS, Continued. The two great principles regulating the use of the falling inflection are force and completeness of expression.
So far as the rising inflection is addressed to the understanding, the circumstance of incompleteness or expectation is the governing principle determining its use. Feeling and harmony give significance to all other rules for its application.
A simple affirmative sentence, or member of a sentence, generally closes with the falling inflection; as,
Language is part of a man's character!.” – Landor.
“Nature is conquered by obeying her!” — Bacon. A simple negative sentence, or member of a sentence, generally closes with the rising inflection; as,
•Spirits are not finely touched
But to fine issues'." Shakespeare. The falling inflection terminates a forcible interrogation, or any form of question, which does not admit of being answered by yes or no; therefore,
Interrogative sentences beginning with a pronoun or adverb, generally close with the falling inflection ; as,
6. Who knows not that Truth is strong, next to the Almighty": She needs no policies, nor stratagems, nor licensings, to make her victorious. . . . Let Truth and Falsehood grapple: whoever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter' ?” - Milton.
Forms of speech which excite expectation of farther expression, - whether they occur in the form of question, or of incomplete thought, and suspension of sense, - raise or suspend the voice by the rising in flection ; therefore
Interrogative sentences beginning with a verb generally close with the rising in flection; as,
“Would you make men trustworthy?' Trust them. Would you make them true?! Believe them. We win by tenderness; we conquer by forgiveness.” — Robertson.
When the sense of a member is suspended, and depends for completion on the succeeding member, the rising inflection is required; as,
6. The worst is not, So long as we can say, This is the worst.” — Shakespeare. A parenthetical clause generally closes with the same inflection as that used in the preceding member (usually, the rising); as,
“He (the American scholar) must be a perpetual inspiration of freedom in politics. He must recognize that the intelligent exercise of political rights, which is a privilege in a monarchy,' is a duty in a republic.” — G. W. Curtis.
The parenthetical clause, it should be remembered, is generally read in a lower tone, and with a quicker movement than the rest of the sentence.
Contrasted sentences, or words expressing contrasted ideas, generally close with contrasted inflections ; — the more important member (generally the second) requiring the falling in flection; as,
“ He who undertakes to note the defects of an art, must carry with his censure, a knowledge of its perfections!.”. Rush.
A concession closes with the rising inflection; as,
“Every man loves his ease' - loves to please his taste. But into how many homes along this lovely valley came the news of Lexington and Bunker Hill, eighty years ago – If it clash with his ease,
his retirement, his taste, his study, let it clash, but let him do his duty. The course of events is incessant, and when the good deed is slighted, the bad deed is done.” — Curtis.
Exceptions to the application of rules for the rising inflection occur in cases of peculiar force or emphasis. In such instances, the falling inflection supersedes the rising; as the former is the invariable indication of energetic expression, and the ruie of force displaces every other, in the utterance of thought.
It will be observed that the inflection used at the close of a sentence is usually the same as that placed on the principal emphatic word; the