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While yet we live, scarce one short hour perhaps,
More miserable? Both have sinned; but thou
11. The dignity and deep pathos of the following stanzas cannot be fully expressed, but by the frequent union of the Monotone and the Tremor with the simpler elements of the Chromatic Melody.
The king stood still
"Alas! my noble boy! that thou shouldst die!
And leave his stillness in this clustering hair!
Cold is thy brow, my son! and I am chill,
As to my bosom I have tried to press thee.
Like a rich harp-string, yearning to caress thee,
The grave hath won thee. I shall hear the gush
And the dark tresses to the soft winds flung;-
But, oh! when I am stricken, and my heart,
Like a bruised reed, is waiting to be broken,
Yearn for thine ear to drink its last deep token!
And now, farewell! 'Tis hard to give thee up,
If from this wo its bitterness had won thee.
He covered up his face, and bowed himself
Mental Suffering and Bodily Pain, when not excessive, employ the vocal symbols of deep plaintiveness, even the Semitone, the Tremor, the Aspiration, and the Broken Melody.
Excessive bodily pain however, often substitutes for feebleness of voice great Force-sometimes even on the Falsette.
Search there; nay, probe me; search my wounded reins-
Oh, I am shot! A forked burning arrow
Sticks across my shoulders: the sad venom flies
Like lightning through my flesh, my blood, my marrow.
A bolt of ice runs hissing through my bowels:
SECRECY, APPREHENSION, FEAR, &c.
Secrecy is expressed by that perfect Aspiration which we call the Whisper.
Apprehension and Mystery combine the Aspiration with a suppressed voice. Curiosity, Suspicion, Eagerness, and Hope employ the same elements.
Suppressed Fear speaks in an under tone, and combines with this kind of vocality both the Tremor and the Aspiration.
1. Angels and ministers of grace defend us—
Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damned,
Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts from hell,
Be thy intents wicked or charitable,
Thou comest in such a questionable shape
That I will speak to thee.
Save me and hover o'er me with your wings,
You heavenly guards!-What would your gracious figure? 2. Hah! dost thou not see, by the moon's trembling light, Directing his steps, where advances a knight,
His eye big with vengeance and fate? 3. Then first, with amazement, fair Imogene found, That a stranger was placed by her side;
His air was terrific, he uttered no sound;
He spoke not, he moved not, he looked not around,
4. Now, fair Hypolita, our nuptial hour
Draws on apace, four happy days brings in
And 'tis not done; the attempt, and not the deed,
When danger becomes imminent, fear bursts through all restraints, and the state of mind ensues which is called Terror; and this is expressed by great Force of voice combined with the Downward Inflection and a strongly marked Aspiration. The voice of Terror sometimes breaks on the ear in the scream of the Falsette.
Horror combines Force of voice and the Aspiration with the Guttural Harshness, which as an element of speech is never properly used but to give expression to the highest emotions of the mind.
In Section V, of Chap. I, we deduced the principle that the Rising Slide is the prime element in Interrogation; and though this is the universal symbol of doubt and uncertainty, yet that the Thorough Interrogative Intonation is given only in the case of the Direct Question.
We are now to show how this Thorough form of Into
nation is modified by the conditions under which it is employed.
The Unimpassioned Interrogation should employ the Concrete Third and the Radical Stress.
The more earnest question carries the voice through the Fifth, and may employ the Vanishing Stress; as in the following example :
What! shall one of us,
Than such a Roman.
Dignity or Solemnity of expression will never allow the use of a wider interval than the Fifth; and where the question is characterized by these, Long Quantity and the Median Stress should prevail, and the Inverted Wave may take the place of the simple concrete.-Example:
Are these the pompous tidings ye proclaim,
Vaunting or Mirthful Interrogation carries the voice through an Octave; and the Vanishing Stress increases the intensity of the inquiry, as in the following: