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EXAMPLES. 1. My heart', my soul', my sword', are thine forever!! 2. Shriek', and shout', and battle-cry', are maddening in their rear!

3. Your thought), your counsel', and, if necessary, your blood', must be given to your country'.

4. An embargo liberty, a handcuffed liberty', liberty in fetters', is none of our offspring!

RULE XII.-If the members of a concluding series are not emphatic, they all take the rising inflection except the last, which takes the falling inflection; but if emphatic, they all take the falling inflection except the last but one, which takes the rising inflection.

EXAMPLES. 1. The dew is dried up', the star is shot', the flight is past', the man forgot'.

2. He tried each art', reproved each dull delay', allured to brighter worlds', and led the way!

3. She winks', and giggles', and simpers', and simpers', and giggles', and winks!

4. They will celebrate it with thanksgiving', with festivity', with bonfires', and illuminations!

5. You bring with you marks of honor from Trenton and Monmouth, from Yorktown', Camden', Bennington', and Saratoga!

6. He was so young', so intelligent', so generous', so brave', so every thing', that we are apt to like in a young man!

7. My doctrine shall drop as the rain', my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small raia upon the tender herb', and as the showers upon the grass!

8. These crowd around to ask him of his health'; these bow in honest duty and respect'; and these arrange a sofa or a chair', and these conduct him there.

9. Moreover, I will take from them the voice of mirth', and the voice of gladness!, the voice of the bridegroom', and the voice of the bride', and the sound of the millstones', and the light of the candle!.

10. These through faith subdued kingdoms', wrought righteousness, obtained promises', stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire', escaped the edge of the sword', out of weakness were made strong', waxed valiant in fight', turned to flight the army of the aliens!

EXCEPTION.-If very emphatic, all the members may receive the falling inflection.

EXAMPLES.

1. It is higher', purer', nobler'. 2. We may die'; die colonists'; die slaves'. 3. Thou art a robber', a law-breaker', a villain'. 4. Look to see them live', torn from your arms', disdain'd', dishonor'd'.

5. Behold, mine anger and my fury it shall be poured out upon this place', upon man', and upon beast', and upon the trees of the field', and upon the fruit of the ground'.

RULE XIII.-Language of scorn, irony, sarcasm, and contrast, is uttered with the CIRCUMFLEX.

EXAMPLES. 1. What you, you insignificant prevaricator! · 2. But to-morrow some Roman Adonis, breathing sweet ôdors from his cũrling lôcks, shall come, and, with his lily fingers, pat your red brawn, and bet his sesterces upon your blood.

3. Hail, King of the Jêws !

4. Hear him, my lord; he's wondrous conděscending! Mark the humility of the shepherd Nôrval.

5. You did no mischief; õh !

6. Cry aloud, for he is a god: either he is talking, or he is pursuing or he is on a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awâked.

7. “But,” says the noble lord, “We have a right to tax America." Oh, inestimable right! Oh, wônderful, transcendent right! the assertion of which has cost this country thirteen provinces, six islands, one hundred thousand lives, and seventy millions of money!

8. They are not fighting; they are pausing.

9. Yet this is Rôme, that sat on her seven hills and from her throne of beauty ruled the wôrld! Yet are Rômans! Why, in that elder day to be a Roman was greater than a king.

RULE XIV.-Grave, solemn, and sublime language requires the use of the MONOTONE.

EXAMPLES 1. Pāle-shēēted ghosts, with gõry locks, upstārting from their tombs. 2. Aloft in āwful stāte, the gādlīke hērā sāte on his impērial throne.

3. The past, at least, is secure. There is Boston, and Concord, and Lexington, and Bunker-Hil; and thēre thēy wil nomāin förēver. 4. Dzēpēst hõrror chill'd his blood, thāt būrn

before; sõld, clāmmy Bwēāts cāme o'er him.

God, thāt būrned De

Lõ, from the rēgions of the North

The rēddening storm of bāttle põūrs;
Rõlls along the trēmbling ēārth,

Fāstens on the Olynthian towers. 6. Thūs sāīth the hīgh and lofty One thāt inhābīteth etērnity, i dwēll in the high and hõly plāce.

7. And I sāw a greāt white throne, and he thāt sāt upon it, from whose fāce the eārth and the heāven ilēd awāý; and thēre wās föūnd no plāce for thēm. 8. Hīgh on a throne of royal state, whīch fār

Oūtshōne the wealth of Ormūs or of Ind,
Or whēre the gõrgēõus Ēāst, with rīchest hānd,
Showers on her kings barbāric pēārl and gold,

Sātān exalted sat! 9. In thöūghts from the visions of the night, whên dēēp slēēp fālleth ön mān, fear cāme upõn mē, and trēmbling, which māde all my bones to shāke. Then a spirit pāssed bēfore my fāce; the hāir of my filēsh stood ūp. It stood still, būt I could not discērn the form thēreof; an imāge wās before mine ēyes; thêre wās sīlence, and I hēard a voice, sāying, Shāll mortāl mān bē mõre jūst thān God? Shāll ā mān bē mõre pūre thān hīs Maker ?

RULE XV.-The parenthesis must be read quicker and in a lower tone than the principal sentence, and must generally end with the same inflection that terminates the clause immediately preceding it.

EXAMPLES.

1. If there's a Power above us',

(And that there is, all Nature cries aloud

Through all her works',) he must delight in virtue. 2. Know ye not, brethren', (for I speak to them that know the law',) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth ? 3. What conjuration, and what mighty magic',

(For such proceeding I am charged withal',)

I won his daughter with. 4. Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence'; (for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned ;) and when they brought them, they set them before the council.

NOTE.—To that part of this rule which has reference to in flection there are exceptions, as will be seen by the following

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EXAMPLES. 1. For I know that in me' (that is, in my flesh') .dwelleth no good thing,

Forthwith' (behold the excellence, the power,
Which God hath in his mighty angels placed!!)
Their arms away they threw, and to the hills
Light as the lightning glimpse, they ran, they few.'
Thou little tricksy Puck!
With antic toys so funnily bestuck,

Light as the singing bird that wings the air',
(The door! the door! he'll tumble down the stair!)

Thou darling of thy sire!!
(Why, Jane, he'll set his pinafore afire'!)

Thou imp of mirth and joy!
In love's dear chain so bright a link,

Thou idol of thy parents' ; (Hang the boy'!
There goes my inkl.)

SECTION VII.

РІтсн. PITCH may be defined that tone which prevails in speaking or reading any sentence, paragraph, or discourse.

In every voice there are many pitches; but, for present purposes, it will only be necessary to notice five, which are as follows: very low pitch, low pitch, medium pitch, high pitch, very high pitch.

Very low pitch is the lowest key on which pure tones can be produced; and is the appropriate pitch for language expressive of deep solemnity and awe.

Low pitch is about half-way between the very low and the medium pitch; and is used for expressing solemn and sublime thoughts.

Medium pitch is that used in ordina

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Conversation; and is a

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suitable pitch for calm reasoning and simple narration and description.

High pitch is about half-way between medium and very high pitch; and may be correctly used in spirited declamation and in expressing lively and joyous emotions.

Very high pitch is the highest key used in speaking and reading; and is the pitch which is employed in calling, in giving commands, and in expressing strong emotions.

For the sake of convenience we will let (P2) designate very low pitch; (po), low pitch; (P3), medium pitch; (P4), high pitch; and (25), very high pitch.

DIRECTIONS FOR EXERCISE ON PITCH. Select a line and utter it successively on each pitch, beginning at the lowest and proceeding to the highest, and then begin at the highest and proceed to the lowest. When this can be well done, choose appropriate passages for each pitch, and deliver them in the same manner.

EXAMPLES.

(25) Roll on, thou dark blue ocean.
(P4) Roll on, thou dark blue ocean.
(p3) Roll on, thou dark blue ocean.
(P2) Roll on, thou dark blue ocean.

(") Roll on, thou dark blue ocean. Those who are somewhat familiar with music may prefer the following arrangement.

8. do (05) Roll on, thou dark blue.ocean.
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6. la
-5.-sol-0–(P“) Roll on, thou dark blue ocean.

4. fa @ -3.-mi

2. re -1.-do-9-(p3) Roll on, thou dark blue ocean.-

7. si e
m _6.-la--0-

5. sol (pa) Roll on, thou dark blue ocean.
4.--fa-
8. mi (p') Roll on, thou dark blue ocean.

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