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In his dark, carved oaken chair
Sat the old baron-dead!
Hear the tolling of the bells
The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
How sweet the chime of the Sabbath bells !
Each one its creed in music tells,
As soft as song, as pure as prayer.
Mabel, little Mabel, with her face against the pane,
“ Farewell! farewell! base world, farewell !”
Now, by the lips of those ye love, fair gentlemen of France,
“ Maclaine ! you've scourged me like a hound-
Oh, with what pride I used
Again to the battle, Achaians !
FIRE! FIRE! it was raging above and below.
Quick ! quick ! brave spirits, to his rescue fly;
Strike-till the last armed foe expires,
God—and your native land!
By Nebo's lonely mountain,
On this side Jordan's wave,
There lies a lonely grave.
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day;
The lowing herds wind slowly o'er the lea:
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
The way is dark, my child! but leads to light.
And through the gloom
Now glory to the Lord of Hosts, from whom all glories are !
O Christ of the seven wounds, who look’dst through the dark
To the face of thy mother! consider, I pray,
And no last word to say.
Pity the sorrows of a poor old man,
Whose trembling limbs have borne him to your door;
Oh, give relief! and heaven will bless your store.
O, my son Absalom! My son Absalom!
My keg is but low, I confess, Gaffer Gray;
“ The poor man alone,
When he hears the poor moan,
SPECIAL MISCELLANEOUS EXERCISES.
MELODY, TRANSITION AND HARMONY.
FOR CLASS OR PRIVATE PRACTICE.
[NOTE OF EXPLANATION.- In the following exercises the symbols used are thus explained: (•) high pitch, (.) low pitch, (-) high and loud, (f) fast, (sl) slow, monotone, =) gradual increase of tone to the mark l or to the end of the sentence, (>) gradual decrease of tone. Words printed in italics should be played upon, those printed in SMALL CAPITALS should be given in a deep tone of voice, those printed in CAPITALS should be given with great force).
3. (.sl) When Ajax strives some rock’s vast weight to throw,
The line, too, labors, and the words move slow; (f) Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain,
Flies o'er the unbending corn and skims along the main.
Oh! Mona's waters are blue and bright
When the sun shines out like a gay young lover;
When the face of heaven is clouded over.
Far up the steep and rocky mountain,
The silvery voice, of Mona's fountain.
The lingering ray
Of dying day
A faint light gleams,
A light that seems
till Nature teems
7. (<) But, lo! he is nearing his heart's desire;
He is snuffing the smoke of the roaring fray,
With Sheridan only five miles away.
8. (>) The loud wind dwindled to a whisper low.
“ Ho! a sail! Ho! a sail !” cried the man at the lea,
They see us, they see us, the signal is waved !
Blow, bugle, blow; set the wild echoes flying;
Rejoice, you men of Angiers ! ring your bells :
“ In deeds of love excel! excel !”
Chimed out from ivied towers a bell. “Oh, heed the ancient landmarks well!”
In solemn tones exclaimed a bell. “Ye purifying waters, swell!”.
In mellow tones rang out a bell. * *
Must test the soul!” said a soft bell.
In touching tones exclaimed a bell.
Shouted in ecstasies a bell.
17. Speak the speech, pray you, as I pronounced it to youtrippingly on the tongue; but, if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the town-crier spake my lines.
18. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.