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Thou standst at length before me undisguised, -
3. — Revenge.
(“Guttural and Pectoral Quality.”) SHYLOCK, (REFERRING TO THE POUND OF FLESH, THE PENALTY ATTACHED
TO ANTONIO'S BOND.) - Shakspeare. “ 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. If a 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 villany you teach me, I will execute ; and it shall go hard, but I will better the instruction."
4. — Hatred, Rage, Horror.
SATAN, (IN SOLILOQUY.] – Milton.
5. — Horror, Terror, and Alarm.
“Hence, horrible shadow !
EXERCISES IN FORCE.
I. — 166 SUPPRESSED
1. - Whispering.
very shadow of thy waving hair,
Oh! bid the conflict cease!"
6. The foe! they come, they come!”
1 "Suppressed force is not limited exclusively to the forms of the whisper or the half-whisper. Still, it is usually found in one or other of these ; and, on this account, although sometimes intensely earnest and energetic in the expression of feeling, it is a gradation of utterance which, in point of " cality,” ranks below even the “ moderate” and “subdued” forms of " pure tone." We regard, at present, its value in vocal force, - not in " expression.”
(“Pure tone:” “Effusive" utterance.)
The bright world glorious to her youthful eye,
And sent glad singing through the free blue sky.
1 The degree of force implied in the epithet “subdued,” is equivalent, in general, to that which, in music, would be indicated by the term “piano," and which suggests an obvious softening of the voice from even its moderate or ordinary energy. Pathos, solemnity, and tranquillity, when so arranged in succession, imply a slight increase of energy at every stage. But all three are still inferior to * moderate" or ordinary force.
Ye were but two, - and when that spirit passed,
Woe to the one, the last !
“Woe, yet not long ; :- she lingered but to trace
Thine image from the image in her breast,
But smile upon her, ere she went to rest.
It answered hers no more.
“ The earth grew silent when thy voice departed,
The home too lonely whence thy step had fled ; —
Death, death, to still the yearning for the dead.
Here with the Lyre and Sword!”
2. — Solemnity.
[DEATH.] — Bryant.
And stars to set ; – but all,
66 We know when moons shall wane, When summer birds from far shall cross the sea,
When autumn's hue shall tinge the golden grain : But who shall teach us when to look for thee?"
3. -- Tranquillity.
[EveniNG.] – Moir.
4.- Profound Repose. [Aspect of Death: From BYRON'S DESCRIPTION OF GREECE.)
“ He who hath bent him o'er the dead,
The first dark day of nothingness,
That fires not, — wins not, weeps not, - now,
And but for that chill, changeless brow,
(1“Orotund quality :” “Effusive" utterance.)
1.- Pathos and Sublimity. WOLSEY, [ON HIS DOWNFALL.] --Shakspeare. Farewell, a long farewell, to all my greatness ! This is the state of man: To-day he puts forth The tender leaves of hope, to-morrow blossoms, And bears his blushing honors thick upon him : The third day comes a frost, a killing frost; And, — when he thinks, good easy man,
full surely His greatness is a ripening, - nips his root; And then he falls as I do. I have ventured, Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders, This many summers, in a sea of glory, But far beyond my depth : my high-blown pride At length broke under me, and now has left me,
i The effect of “orotund quality," as transcending "pure tone,” is that of a deeper, fuller, rounder, and more resonant utterance, -implying, therefore, an increase of force, although still a “subdued," or softened force, when compared with even an ordinary degree. In music, the distinction would still be that of “ piano."