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tice will, in dost cases, attain the object. Sixiles in poetry form proper
examples for gaining a habit of lowering the voice.

He above the rest,
In shape and gesture proudly eminent,
Stood like a tower. His formn had yet nint lost
All her original brightness, nor appeareu
Less than archangel ruined, and the excess
Of glory obscured : as when the sun new-risen
Looks through the horizontal misty air
Shorn of his beams; or froin behind the moon,
In diin eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds
On half the Nations, and with fear of change

Perplexes Monarchs.
The folowing passage, in which King Jolin takes Hubert aside, an I tempta
him to undertake the death of Arthur, requires, in the enunciation, a full, quidi.
ble tone of voice, in a low key :
K. John. I had a thing to say,

but let it go;
The sun is in the licaven, and the proud day,
Attended with the pleasures of the world,
Is all too wanton and too full of gauds
To give me audience. If the midnight bell
Did, with his iron tongue and brazen mouth,
Sound one unto the drowsy race of niglit:
If this sane were a church-yard where we stand,
And thou possessed with a thousand wrongs;
- Or if that thou couldst sce mo without eyes,
Hicar me without thine cars, and make reply
Without a tongue, using conceit alone,
Without eyes, cars, and harmful sound of words,
Then, in despite of broad-eyed watchful day,
I would into thy bosom pour my thoughts.
But, ah ! I will not, yet I love thee well;
And, by my troth, I think thou lov'st me well!

Hub. So well, that what you bid me undertake,
Though that my death wero adjunct to my act,
By llearen, I'd do 't!

K. John. Do I not know thou wouldst ?
Good Iubert, Hubert, llubert, throw thine eye
On that young boy: I'll tell thee what, my friend,
llo is a very serpent in my way,
And wheresoe'er this foot of mine doth tread,
He lies before me! Dost thou understand me?
Thou art his keeper.

Hub. And I 'll keep him so
That he shall not offend your majesty

K. John. Death.
Hub. My Lord ?
K. John. A grave.
Hub. He shall not live.

K. John. Enough.
I could be merry now. Hubert, I love thee:
Well, I'll not say what I intend for thee;

Shakspeare's King John, Act ii. Scene 8

MIDDLE KEY. This is the key of common discourse, and the ke; in which a speaker inust anually deliver the greater part of his speech. Sheridan points out a simple mothod of acquiring loudness in this key. “ Any one, who hrough habit, has fallen into a weak utterance, cannot hope suddenly to change it he must

do it by degrees, and constant practice. I would there "ore recommend it to bim that he should daily exercise himself in reading or it peating, in the hearing of a friend ; and that, too, in a large room. At first, his friend should stand at such a distance only as the speaker can easily reach, in his usuai manner of delivering himself. Afterwards, let him gradually increase his distance, and the speaker will in the same gradual proportion increase the force of his voice.” In doing this, the speaker still keeps on the same toue of voice, but gives it with greater power. It is material to notice, that a well-forme i middle tone, and even a low one, is capable of filling any room; and that the neglect of strengthening the voice in these lends a speaker to adopt the bigla ghouting note which is often heard in our pulpits. Hamlet's adress to the players should be mostly delivered in this midille key.


This key of the voice, though very uncommon in level speaking or reading, ought to be practised, as it tends to give strength to the voice generally, and as it is frequently employed in public speaking and declamation. Every one can speak in a high key, but few ilo it pleasingly. There is a compression Decessary in the high notes, as well as the middle and low; this compression distinguishes the vociferous pitssion of the peasant from that of the accomplished actor or orator. The following passage will bear the most vigorous exercise of the high key :

Fight, gentlemen of England ! fight, bold Ycomen!
Draw, archers, draw your arrows to the head;
Spur your proud horses hard, and ride in blood:
Amazo the welkin with your broken staves !
A thusand hearts are great within my bosoin;
Advance our standards, set upon our focs;
Our ancient word of courage, fair St. George,
Inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons !

Upon thein! Victory sits on our heluns ! It should be borne in mind, that it is not he who speaks the loudest who can be heard the furthest. “It is a curious fact in the history of sound," says a scientific observer, “that the loudest noises always perish on the spot where they are produced, whereas musical notes will be heard at a great distance. Thus, if we approach within a inile or two of a town or village in which a fair is held, we may hear very faintly the clamor of the multitude, but more distinctly the organs, and other musical instruments, which are played for their amusement. If a Cremona violin, a real Amati, be played by the side of a modern fiddle, the latter will sound much louder than the former; but the sweet, brilliant tone of the Amati will be heard at a distance the other cannot reach. Dr. Young, on the authority of Durham, states that at G braltar the human voice may be heard at a greater distance than that of any other animal; thus, when the cottager in the woods, or the open plain, wishes to call her husband, who is working at a distance, she does not shout, but pitches her voice to a musical key, which she knows from habit, and by that means reaches his ear. The loudest roar of the largest lion could not penetrate so far. Loud speakers are seldom heard to advantage. Burke's voice is said to have been a sort of lofty cry, which tended as much as the formality of his discourse in the House of Commons to send the members to their dinner. ' Chatham's lowest whisper was distinctly heard. His middle tones were sweet, rich and beautifully varied,' says a writer, describing the orator; 'when he raised his voice to the highest pitch, the House was completely filled with the volume of sound; and the effect was awful, except when he wished to cheer or animate — and then he had spirit-stirring notes which were perfectly irresistible. The terrible, however, was his peculiar power. Then the House sank before him; still, he was dignified. aud, wonder

ful #3 was his eloquence, it was attended with this important effect, that it possessed every one with it conviction that there was something in him finer than his words, – that the man was greater, infinitely greater, than the orator.'"


A monotone is intonation without change of pitch: that is, preserving a fulness of tone, without ascent or descent on the scale. It is no very difficult inatter to be loud in a high tone; but to be loud and forcible in a lox tone, requires great prictice and management; this, however, may be facili. tated by pronouncing forcibly at first in a low monotone. Amonotone, though in a low key, and without force, is much more sonorous and audible than when the voice slides up and down at almost every word, as it must do to be various. This tone is adopted by actors when they repeat passages aside. It conveys the idea of being inaudible to those with them in the scene, by being in a lower tone than that used in the dialogue; and, by being in a monotone, becomes audible to the whole house. The monotone, therefore, is an excellent vehicle for such passages as require force and audibility in a low tone, and in the hands of a judicious reader or speaker is a perpetual source of riety. It is used when anything awful or sublime is to be expressed, as

O! when the last account twixt Heaven and earth
Is to be mado, then shall this band and seal

Witness against us to damnation. The language of the ghost in Hamlet is mostly uttered in a deep monotone. lhe following pissage from Ion is partly given in a solemn monotone :

Dark and cold
Stretches the path, which, when I wear the Crown,
I needs must enter; -- the great Gods forbid

That thou shouldst follow it! The monotone is varied, in the ite cized part, to the tone of passionate emotion and supplication.


Modulation includes, also, the considuration of time, which is natural in the pronunciation of certain passages. The combinations, then, of pitch, force and time, are extremely numerous : thus, we have low, loud, slow; low, soft, slow ; low, feeble, slow ; low, loud, quick, &c. ; miedle, loud, slow ; midlle, soft, slow ; middle, feeble, slow, &c. Thus, we have a copious natural language, adapted to the expression of every emotion and passion.

IMITATIVE MODULATION, Motion and sound, in all their moʻlifications, are, in descriptive reading, more or less imitated. To glide, to drive, to swell, to flow, to skip, to whirl, to turn, to rattle, &c., all partake of a peculiar modification of voice. This expression lies in the key, force, and time of the tones, and the forcible pro. runciation of certain letters which are supposed more particularly to expr 03s tão inilation.

Boft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows,
And the smooth stream in smoother numbers Pow3;
But when loud surges lash the sounding shore,
The hoarsc, rough verso should like the torrent roda
When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw,
Tho lino too labors, and the words move slow;
Not so, when swift Camilla scours the plain,
Flies o’er the unbending corn, and skims along the mala.


Grammatical punctuation does not always demand a pauge, and the time of the pauses at various points is not correctly stated in many books on read. ing. In some treatises, the pause at the period is described as being uni. formly four times as long as that at a comma ; whereas, it is regulated entirely by the nature of the subject, the intimacy remoteness of the connection between the sentences, and other causes. “I am convinced,” says Mr. Knowles, “that a nice attention to rhetorical punctuation has an extremely mischigro is tendency, and is totally inconsistent with nature. Give the sense of what you rexi - und is the thing. Pauses are essential only where the omission would obscure the sense. The orator, who, in the act of delivers ing himself, is studiously solicitous about parcelling his words, is sure to leave the best part of his work undone. He delivers words, not thouglits. Deliver thoughts, and words will take care enough of themselves."


By emphasis is meant that stronger and fuller sound of voice, by which, in reading or speaking, wo distinguish the accented syllable, or some woril, on which we design to lay particular stress, in order to show how it affects the rest of the sentence. On the right management of the emphasis depend the whole life and spirit of every discourse. If no emphasis be placed on any word, not only is discourse rendered heavy and lifeless, but the meaning left often ambiguous. . If the emphasis be placed wrong, we pervert and confound che meaning wholly. In order to acquire the proper management of the emphasis, then, the great rule, and, indeed, the only unexceptional rule, is, that the speaker or reader study to attain a just conception of the force and spirit of those forms of expression which he is to pronounce.

To give a common instance : such a simple question as this, “ Do you ride to town to-day?” is capable of no fewer than four acceptations, according as the emphasis is differently placed on the words. If it be pronounced thus : Do you ride to town to-day? the answer may naturally be, No; I send my Berrant in my stead. If thus: Do you ride to town to-day? Answer. No ; I intend to waik. Do you ride to town to-day? No; I ride out into the fields. Do you ride to town to-day? No; but I shall to-morrow. And there is yet another expression that this little sentence is capable of, which would be given by placing the emphasis on the first word, do, being a necessary enforcement of the question, if the person asked had evaded giving a reply : thus: “Do you ride to town to-day?” The tone implying: Come, tell me at cace, do you, or do you not ?

There are four obvious distinctions in the sound of words, with respect to force. First, the force necessary for the least important words, such as conjunctions, particles, &c., which may be called feeble or unaccented. Second the force necessary for substantives, verbs, &c., which may be called accentel, Third, that force which is used for distinguishing some words from others, commonly called emphasis of force. Fourth, the force necessary for emphasis of sense. As opposition is the foundation of all emphasis of sense, whatever

Fords are contrasted with, contradistinguished from, or set in opposition to, , 929 another, they are always emphatic. Hence, whenever there is antithesiz

in the sense, whether words or clauses, there ought to be emphasis in the pres nunciation.

The variations of emphasis are so numerous as to defy the formation of rules that can be appropriate in all cases. Give a dozen well-trainer elocutionists a sentence to mark emphatically, and probably no two woulo perform the task precisely alike.

What though the field be lost?
All is not lost; the unconquerable wili,
And study of -puenge, immortal hate,

And courage never to submit or yield, -
That glory never shall His wrath or might
Extort from me,

The following speech of Othello is an example of what is termed cumulating emphasis :

If thou dost slander her and torture me,
Never pray more ; abandon all remurse;
On horror'a head horrors accumulate ;
Do deeds to make Heaven weep, all earth amazed -
For nothing canst thou to danination add
Greater than this!

III. GESTURE. GESTURE, considered as a just and elegant adaptation of every part of the body to the nature and import of the subject we are pronouncing, has always been considered as one of the most essential parts of Oratory. Cicero says, that its power is eren greater than that of words. It is the language of nature in the strictest sense, and makes its way to the heart without the utterance of a single sound. I may threaten a man with my sword by speech, and produce little effect ; but if I clap my hand to the hilt simultaneously with the threat, he will be startled according to the earnestness of the action. This instance will illustrate the whole thcory of gesture. According to Demosthenes, action is the beginning, the middle, and the end of Oratory.

To be perfectly motionless while we are pronouncing words which require force and energy, is not only depriving them of their necessary support, but rendering them unnatural and ridiculous. A very vehement address, pronounced without any motion but that of the lips and tongue, would be a burlesque upon the meaning, and produce laughter ; nay, so unnatural is this total absence of gesticulation, that it is not very easy to speak in this manner. As some action, therefore, must necessarily accompany our words, it is of the utmost consequence that this be such as is suitable and natural. No matter how little, if it be but akin to the words and passion ; for, if foreign to them, it counteracts and destroys the very intention of delivery. The voice and gesture may be said to be tuned to cach other; and, if they are in a different key, as it may be called, discord must inevitably be the consequence.

• A speaker's body,” says Fenelon, “must betray action when there is movement in his words ; and his body must remain in repose when what he utters is of a level, simple, unimpassioned character. Nothing seems to me so shocking and absurd as the sight of a man lashing himself to a fury in the utterance of tame things. The more he sweats, the more he freezes my very blood.”

Mr. Austin, in his “ Chironomia,” was the first to lay down laws for the regulation of gesture ; and nearly all subsequent writers on the subject have borrowed largely from his work. He illustrates his rules by plates, showing the different attitudes and gestures for the expression of certain emotions. Experience has abundantly proved that no benefit is to be derived from the study of these figures. They only serve as a subject for ridicule to boys; and are generally found, in every volume in use, well pencilled over with satirical marks or mottoes, issuing froru the mouths of the stiff-looking gentlemen who are presented as models of grace and expression to aspiring youth.

The following is an enumeration of some of the most frequent gestures, to which the various members of the body contribute :

The Head and Face. The hanging down of the head denotes shame, or grief. The hoiding it up, pride, or courage. To nod forward, implies assent To toss the head back, dissent. The inclination of the head implies bashfulfulness or languor. The head is averted in dislike or horror. It leans for varri in attention.

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