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and all the seasons of the year, a morning of spring, and a morning of autumn, a night brilliant with stars, and a night obscure with clouds ; — you will then have a more just notion of the spectacle of the uni Terse. Is it not wondrous, that while you are admiring the Bun plunging beneath the vault of the west, another observer is beholding him as he quits the region of the east, — in the same instant reposing, weary, from the dust of the evening, and awaking fresh and youthful, in the dews of morn!"
Straight means right, crooked means wrong: hence right ideas demand the right or straight slides, while wrong or crooked ideas demand the crooked or 'circumflex slides'
All sincere and earnest, or, in other words, all upright and downright ideas demand the straight, or upright and downright slides.
All ideas which are not sincere or earnest, but are used in jest, or irony, in ridicule, sarcasm, or mockery, in insinuation or double-meaning, demand the crooked or 'circumflex slides.'
The last part of the circumflex is usually the longer, and always the more characteristic part. Hence when the last part of this double slide rises it is called the 'rising circumflex;' when the last part falls, it is called the 'falling circumflex.'
The 'rising circumflex' should be given to the negative, the 'falling circumflex' to the positive ideas of jest, irony, &c. When these ideas are coupled in contrast, the circumflex slides must be in contrast also to express them.
Example of jest.
Marullus. Y6u, sir; what trade are you? 2d Citizen. Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am but, as you would say, a cobbler.
Mar. But what trade art thou? Answer me directly.
2d Cit. A trade, sir, that, I hope, I may use with a safe conscience; which is, indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles.
Mar. What trade, thou knave? thou naughty knave, what trade?
2d Cit. Nay, I beseech you, sir, be not out with me: yet, if you be out, sir, I can mend you.
Mar. What mean'st thou by that? Mend me, thou saucy fellow?
2d Cit. Why, sir, cobble you.
Flavius. Thou art a cobbler, art thou?
2d Cit. Truly sir, all that I live by is with the aVl.
Flav. But wherefore art not in thy shop to-day? Why dost thou lead these men about the streets?
2d Cit. Truly, sir, to wear out their shoes, to get myself into more work. But, indeed, sir, we make holiday, to see Cafsar, and to rejoice in his triumph."
In the last sentence, the citizen drops his jesting, and speaks in earnest: and therefore with the straight slides.
Examples of sarcasm and irony.
2. "Now, sir, what was the conduct of your own allies to Poland? Is there a single atrocity of the French in Italy, in Switzerland, in Egypt if you please, more unprincipled and inhuman than that of Russia, Austria, and Prussia, in Poland?
"O, but you 'regretted the partition of Poland!' Yes, regretted!—you regretted the violence, and that is all you did."
3. They bovast they come but to improve our state, enlarge our thoughts and free us from the yoke of error! Yes, they will give enlightened freedom to our minds, who are themselves the slaves of passion, avarice, and pride! They offer us protection! yes, such protection as vultures give to lambs—covering and devouring them! Tell your invaders we seek no chang* •=- and least of all such change as they would bring Ub!"
4. :' Good Lord! when one man dies who wears a Crown, How the earth trembles, — how the nations gape, Amazed and awed! — but when that one man's victims, Poor worms, unclothed in purple, daily die
In the grim cell, or on the groaning gibbet,
Or on the civil field, ye pitying souls
Drop not one tear from your indifferent eyes!"
5. Cassit/s. Urge me no more! I shall forget myself; Have mind upon your health; tempt me no further.
Brutus. Away, slight man!
Cas. Is't possible?
Bar. Hear me, for I will speak.
Cas. O ye gods! ye gods! Must I endure all this?
Bbu. All this? Ay, more. Fret till your proud heart break;Go show your slaves how choleric you are, And make your bondmen tremble! Must I budge?Must I observe you? Must I stand and crouch Under your testy humor?You shall digest the venom of your spleen, Though it do split you; for, from this day forth, I'll use you for my mirth, —yea, for iny laughter. When you are waspish!
Cas. Is it come to this!
Bru. You say you are a better soldier:
LENGTH Of SLIDES.
The length of the slides depends on the 'general spirit' or 'kind' of what is read. PRINCIPLE.
If the general spirit is 'unemotional,' the slides are 'moderate.'
If the general spirit is 'bold,' 'joyous,' or 'noble,1 the slides are ' long.'
If the general spirit is 'subdued or pathetic' or 'grave,' the slides are ' short.'
Examples for the ' moderate' slide, or in the definite language of music, the " Third."
"Can I speak with you a moment?" "Certainly."
"The ancient Spartans were not less remarkable for their bravery in the field of battle, than for brevity and wit in their answers. We have a memorable instance of their national spirit, in the reply of the old warrior, who was told that the arrows of the Persian host flew so thick as to darken the sun. 'So much the better,' was his answer; ' we shall enjoy the advantage of fighting in the shade.'"
Examples for the 'long,' slide or the " Fifth."
"What but liberty
"True courage but from opposition grows;
"Ye men of Sweden, wherefore are ye come?
— To stretch your supple necks beneath their feet And fawning lick the dust? Go, go, my countrymen, Each to your several mansions, trim them out, Cull all the tedious earnings of your toil, To purchase bondage. — O, Swedes! Swedes!Heavens! are ye men and will ye suffer this ? — There was a time, my friends, a glorious time!When, had a single man of your forefathers Upon the frontier met a host in arms, His courage scarce had turned; himself had stood, Alone had stood, the bulwark of his country."
Example for the 'short' slide, or the "Minor Third"
"Dear, gentle, patient, noble Nell was dead. Her little bird,
— a poor, slight thing the pressure of a finger would have crushed, — was stirring nimbly in its cage, and the strong heart of its child-mistress was mute and motionless forever I
"Sorrow was dead, indeed, in her; but peace and perfect happiness were born, — imaged — in her tranquil beauty and profound repose.
"Waking, she never wandered in her mind but once, and that was at beautiful music, which, she said, was in the air! God knows. It may have been.
"Opening her eyes at last from a very quiet sleep, she begged that they would kiss her once again. That done, she turned to the old man, with a lovely smile upon her face, — such, they said, as they had never seen, and never could for