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11. Courage, Romans! The gods are for us! those gods whose temples and altars the impious Tarquin has profaned. By the blood of the wronged Lucretia, I swear, (hear me, ye Powers Supreme!) by this blood, which was once so pure, and which nothing but royal villainy could have polluted, I swear that I will pursue, to the death, these Tarquins, with fire and sword; nor will I ever suffer any one of that family, or of any other family whatsoever, to be king in Rome! On, to the Forum! Bear the body hence, high in the public view, through all the streets! On, Romans, on! The fool shall set you
12. I'll keep them all;
He shall not have a Scot of them;
No, if a Scot would save his soul, he shall not:
1. Rescue, my Lord of Norfolk, rescue! rescue!
His horse is slain, and all on foot he fights,
§ 63. Exercises in Force. (See § 36.)
The following Exercises require the loudest vocal Force and highest Pitch.
2. Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace,
(Will they not hear?) — What, ho! you men, you beasts,
3. Rise, fathers, rise! 'tis Rome demands your help;
Point at their wounds, and cry aloud, To battle!
The following speech of Virginius offers a beautiful instance of Transition from loud Force to gentle, and from high tones to the purest and most pathetic low tones. Virginius, it will be remembered, having slain his daughter to save her from the pollution of Appius Claudius, who has claimed her as a slave, is touched with insanity.
He lies in the face of the gods. She is immutable,
Is it a voice, or nothing, answers me?
I hear a sound so fine. there's nothing lives
Justice will be defeated.
I've heard when I have talked with her in fancy!
The following passages require moderate Force, and at the Dash there should be a Transition from middle Pitch to low, with aspirated quality.
1. So stately her bearing, so proud her array,
The main she will traverse for ever and aye.
Hush! hush! thou vain dreamer! this hour is her last!
2. A thousand hearts beat happily; and when Music arose with its voluptuous swell,
Soft eyes locked love to eyes which spake again,
And all went merry as a marriage bell;
But hush! hark! a deep sound strikes like a rising knell!
3. Make fast the doors; heap wood upon the fire; Draw in your stools, and pass the goblet round,
But what is this?
And be the prattling voice of children heard.
The following should be read with gentle Force and in the purest low
1. FROM THE MAY QUEEN.
There's not a flower on all the hills: the frost is on the pane; I only wish to live till the snowdrops come again:
I wish the snow would melt, and the sun come out on high; I long to see a flower so, before the day I die.
One more unfortunate,
Gone to her death!
Lift her with care; Fashioned so slenderly, Young and so fair!
I have been wild and wayward, but you'll forgive me now; You'll kiss me, my own mother, upon my cheek and brow; Nay, nay, you must not weep, nor let your grief be wild, You should not fret for me, mother, you have another child.
Look at her garments
2. THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Hood.
If I can, I'll come again, mother, from out my resting-place ; Though you'll not see me, mother, I shall look upon your face, Though I cannot speak a word, I shall hearken what you say, And be often, often with you when think I'm far away.
While the wave constantly
Touch her not scornfully;
Gently and humanly;
§64. Exercises in Quality of Voice. (See § 39.).
The Quality appropriate in the first five Exercises which follow is for the most part aspirate and guttural, with loud Force and middle Pitch; but the reader must not suppose that when a passage is characterized as adapted to any particular Quality, Pitch, or Force, the characterization applies to every word and syllable. Much must be left to individual taste and feeling. As in describing a complicate painting all that we can well do is to designate the predominant tint, so in these Exercises any attempt to do more than to note the prevailing tone would convey but a confused impression. The reader must learn first to understand and feel, and then nature will supply the right intonations.
1. CONSTANCE UPBRAIDS AUSTRIA.
Thou slave, thou wretch, thou coward,
2. SATAN'S Encounter with Death.
"Whence, and what art thou, execrable shape!