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Muster the “ Apron-string Guards on the Common :
That is the corps for the sweet little man !
Each of them armed with a deadly rattan !
HOLMES. Joy is usually loud, brisk, high, pure, of full volume, median stress, long slides. Thus :
Now glory to the Lord of Hosts, from whom all glories are !
MACAULAY. ADMIRATION, which always contains something of joy, is rather loud, rather high ; of moderate movement, sometimes quick; pure quality; median stress; moderate volume, sometimes large, especially when the object is large; long slides.
Sometimes a distant sail gliding along the edge of the ocean would be another theme of idle speculation. How interesting this fragment of a world hastening to rejoin the great mass of existence! What a glorious monument of human invention has thus triumphed over wind and wave; has brought the ends of the earth in communion ; has established an interchange of blessings, pouring into the sterile regions of the north all the luxuries of the south ; diffused the light of knowledge and the charities of cultivated life ; and has thus bound together those scattered portions of the human race between which Nature seemed to have thrown an insurmountable barrier !
- IRVING. DELIGHT is between joy and cheerfulness. Its manifestation differs a little from that of cheerfulness. The movement is rather fast; the force is considerable ; the slides are moderate ;
the stress is strongly median ; the volume is moderate or large ; the quality is very pure. Thus :
Hear the mellow wedding bells, golden bells :
How they ring out their delight !
And all in tune,
On the moon !
PoE. . Love, undisturbed, is usually of slight or moderate force ; moderate movement, sometimes inclining to quick; moderate or high pitch ; very pure quality ; moderate or slight volume ; soft median stress ; moderate slides, often rising. Thus :
Not as all other women are,
Great feelings hath she of her own,
She hath no scorn of common things ;
Blessing she is : God made her so ;
LOWELL. TENDERNESS is usually rather high, pure, of slight force, moderate or slow movement, slight volume, gentle median stress, sometimes tremulous; short or moderate slides, oftener rising than falling. Thus :
ADAM. Dear master, I can go no further : 0, I die for food ! Here lie I down, and measure out my grave. Farewell, kind master.
ORLANDO. Why, how now, Adam ! no greater heart in thee? Live a little ; comfort a little ; cheer thyself a little. If this uncouth forest yield anything savage, I will either be food for it, or bring it food to thee. Thy conceit is nearer death than thy powers. For my sake be comfortable ; hold death awhile at the arm's end. I will here be with thee presently. . ... Yet thou liest in the bleak air : come, I will bear thee to some shelter ; and thou shalt not die for lack of a dinner, if there live anything in this desert. Cheerly, good Adam. — SHAKE
If the tenderness is playful, the slides may be long and circumflex.
SORROW is of various kinds. When allied to tenderness and pity, it has usually slight force, slow movement, high pitch; pure quality, sometimes aspirated ; slight volume; median stress, sometimes intermittent; moderate or long slides, often rising. Thus :
Gone, gone from us ! and shall we see
high pitch, pure quality, small volume ; median, or slight radical, stress; moderate slides, often rising. Thus :
Do you hear the children weeping, O my brothers !
Ere the sorrow comes with years ?
And that cannot stop their tears.
The young birds are chirping in the nest,
The young flowers are blowing towards the west ;
They are weeping bitterly !
DISTRESS is of several kinds and degrees. It is usually loud, by paroxysms; very high, quick, with occasional long sounds of grief; aspirated; of moderate volume; vanishing stress, rarely median ; long slides, mostly rising. Thus :
That I did love thee, Cæsar, 0, 't is true !
SHAKESPEARE. IMPATIENCE is usually loud, quick, high ; harsh, impure; of moderate or small volume; strong vanishing * stress; long, usually falling slides. Thus :
LEAR. You heavens, give me patience, – patience I need.
* As if, the longer the mind dwelt on the thought, the more intense the feeling became.
Against their father, fool me not so much
SHAKESPEARE. VEXATION has very nearly the same vocal expression as impatience. Thus:
0, what a rogue and peasant slave am I !
Yet I, a dull and muddy-mettled rascal
SHAKESPEARE. CONTEMPT is usually of slight force, quick or moderate movement, moderate pitch, expulsive initial stress, aspirated whispering quality, small volume ; moderate, sometimes long slides. Thus :
Has the gentleman done? Has he completely done? He was unparliamentary from the beginning to the end of his speech. There was scarce a word he uttered that was not a violation of the privileges of this house. But I did not call him to order. Why? Because the limited talents of some men render it impossible for them to be severe without being unparliamentary. But before I sit down, I shall show him how to be severe and parliamentary at the same time. On any other occasion I should think myself justifiable in treating with silent contempt anything which might fall from that honorable member. – GRATTAN.