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“The iron of itself, though heat red-hot,

Approaching near these eyes, would drink my tears,
And quench his fiery indignation,
Even in the matter of mine innocence:
Nay, after that, consume away in rust,
But for containing fire to harm mine eye.
Are you more stubborn-hard than hammered iron ?
An if an angel should have come to me,
And told me, Hubert should put out mine eyes,
I would have believed no tongue, but Hubert's.”

Arthur, in KING JOHN.

“Hubert, the utterance of a brace of tongues
Must needs want pleading for a pair of eyes:
Let me not hold my tongue; let me not, Hubert !
Or, Hubert, if you will, cut out my tongue,
So I may keep mine eyes; 0, spare mine eyes;
Though to no use, but still to look on you!
Lo, by my troth, the instrument is cold,
And would not harm me.” Ibid.

“Come, Anthony, and young Octavius, come,
Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius,
For Cassius is aweary of the world:
Hated by one he loves; brav'd by his brother;
Check'd like a bondman; all his faults observ'd,
Set in a note-book, learn’d and conn'd by rote,
To cast into my teeth. O, I could weep
My spirit from mine eyes ! — There is my dagger,
And here, my naked breast; within, a heart
Dearer than Plutus' mine, richer than gold:
If that thou be’st a Roman, take it forth;
I, that denied thee gold, will give my heart:
Strike, as thou didst at Cæsar: for, I know,
When thou didst hate him worst, thou lov’dst him better
Than ever thou lov’dst Cassius.”

Cassius, in JULIUS CÆSAR.


According to Dr. Rush, when two or more syllables occur successively on the same place of radical pitch, the phrase may be called “the phrase of the Monotone."

When the radical pitch of a syllable is a tone above that of & preceding syllable, the phrase may be termed the Rising Ditone;if below the preceding syllable, the Falling Ditone."

When the radicals of three syllables successively ascend a tone, the phrase is called the “ Rising Tritone; when they successively descend a tone, the “ Falling Tritone."

The Monotone may be defined as that inflexible movement of the voice which is heard when fear, vastness of thought, force, majesty, power, or intensity of feeling is such as partially to obstruct the powers of utterance.

“This movement of the voice may be accounted for by the fact, that, when the excitement is so powerful, and the kind and degree of feeling are such as to agitate the whole frame, the vocal organs will be so affected, and their natural functions so controlled, that they can give utterance to the thought or sentiment in only one note, iterated on the same unvarying line of pitch.

“Grandeur of thought and sublimity of feeling are always expressed by this movement. The effect produced by it is deep and impressive. When its use is known, and the rule for its application is clearly understood, the reading will be characterized by a solemnity of manner, a grandeur of refinement, and a beauty of execution, which all will acknowledge to be in exact accordance with the dictates of Nature, and strictly within the pale of her laws." Tower.

Illustrations of the Monotone.
“My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains

My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains

One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:
'T is not through envy of thy happy lot,
But being too happy in thy happiness,
That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees,

In some melodious plot
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.”

“ The lady sprang up suddenly,
The lovely lady, Christabel !
It moaned as near, as near can be,
But what it is she cannot tell. —
On the other side it seems to be,

Of the huge, broad-breasted, old oak-tree.
“The night is chill; the forest bare;

Is it the wind that moaneth bleak ?

There is not wind enough in air
To move away the ringlet curl
From the lovely lady's cheek;
There is not wind enough to twirl
The one red leaf, the last of its clan,
That dances as often as dance it can,
Hanging so light, and hanging so high,

On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.
“Hush, beating heart of Christabel !

Jesu, Maria, shield her well!
She folded her arms beneath her cloak,
And stole to the other side of the oak:

What sees she there?– CHRISTABEL. Coleridge

“0, I have pass'd a miserable night,
So full of fearful dreams, of ugly sights,
That, as I am a Christian faithful man,
I would not spend another such a night,
Though 't were to buy a world of happy days;
So full of dismal terror was the time.”

Clarence, in RICHARD III.

" Then my heart it grew ashen and sober

As the leaves that were crisped and sere

As the leaves that were withering and sere,
And I cried, — “It was surely October,

On this very night of last year,
That I journeyed – I journeyed down here -
That I brought a dread burden down here, –
On this night of all nights in the year,

Ah, what demon has tempted me here?
Well I know now this dim lake of Auber

This misty mid region of Weir, -
Well I know now this dark tarn of Auber,
This ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.'".

UJALUME. Edgar A. Poe

“I am not come
To stay: to bid farewell, farewell forever,
For this I come! T is over! I must leave thee !
Thekla, I must — must leave thee! Yet thy hatred
Let me not take with me. I pray thee, grant me
One look of sympathy, only one look.

Say that thou dost not hate me. Say it to me, Thokla !
O God! I cannot leave this spot - I cannot!
Cannot let go this hand. O tell me, Thekla!
That thou dost suffer with me, art convinced
That I cannot act otherwise.”
Max to Thekla. — THE DEATH OF WALLENSTEIN. — Schiller,

“Grief should be
Like joy, majestic, equable, sedate,
Confirming, cleansing, raising, making free,
Strong to consume small troubles, to commend
Great thoughts, grave thoughts, thoughts lasting to the end."

SORROW. - Aubrey De Vere.
“I am old and blind!
Men point at me as smitten by God's frown:
Afflicted and deserted of my kind,

Yet am I not cast down.

I am weak, yet strong:
I murmur not, that I no longer see;
Poor, old, and helpless, I the more belong

.Father, Supreme! to Thee..

0, merciful One!
When men are farthest, then art Thou most near;
When friends pass by, my weaknesses to shun,

Thy chariot I hear.

Thy glorious face
Is leaning toward me, and its holy light
Shines in upon my lonely dwelling place-

And there is no more night.”

MILTON ON HIS BLINDNESS. — Mrs. E. L. Howell Hush, the Dead March wails in the people's ears: The dark crowd moves, and there are sobs and tears: The blank earth yawns: the mortal disappears; Ashes to ashes, dust to dust; He is gone who seem'd so great. Gone; but nothing can bereave him Of the force he made his own Being here, and we believe him Something far advanced in State, And that he wears a truer crown. Than any wreath that man can weave him.

But speak no more of his renown,
Lay your earthly fancies down,
And in the vast cathedral leave him;
God accept him, Christ receive him.”



Mrs. Browning. But it is in Chaucer we touch the true height, and look abroad into the kingdoms and glories of our poetical literature,—it is with Chaucer that we begin our “Books of the Poets,” our collections and selections, our pride of place and name. And the genius of the poet shares the character of his position : he was made for an early poet, and the metaphors of dawn and spring doubly become him. A morning star, a lark's exaltation, cannot usher in a glory better. The “cheerful morning face," " the breezy call of incense breathing morn,you recognize in his countenance and voice; it is a voice full of promise and prophecy. He is the good omen of our poetry, the “good-bird,” according to the Romans, “the best good angel of the spring,” the nightingale, according to his own creed of good luck, heard before the cuckoo.

Up rose the sunne, and up rose Emilie, and up rose her poet, the first of a line of kings, conscious of futurity in his smile. He is a king and inherits the earth, and expands his great soul smilingly to embrace his great heritage. Nothing is too high for him to touch with a thought, nothing too low to dower with an affection. As a complete creature cognate of life and death, he cries upon God, — as a sympathetic creature he singles out a daisy from the universe (“si douce est la marguerite”), to lie down by half a summer's day and bless it for fellowship. His senses are open and delicate, like a young child's — his sensibilities capacious of supersensual relations, like an experienced thinker's. Child-like, too, his tears and smiles lie at the edge of his eyes, and he is one proof more among the many, that the deepest pathos and the quickest gayeties hide together in the same nature. He is too wakeful and curious to lose the stirring of a leaf, yet not two wide awake to see visions of green and white ladies between the branches; and a fair house of fame and a noble court of love are built and hidden in the winking of his eyelash. And because his imagination is

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