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of the soul are touched and aroused by its potency, and the religious emotions awakened at its magic call.
“Now for the fight! Now for the cannon-peal!
Forward-through blood, and toil, and cloud, and fire!
The volley's roll, the rocket's blasting spire!
They shakel like broken waves their squares retire!
Think of the orphan'd child, the murdered sire:
EXERCISES IN OROTUND VOICE. In the following exercises the voice ranges from G, on the fifth of the scale, to B, C, D, and E: (B) “Majestic monarch—of the cloud !
Who rear'st aloft—thy regal form
the warriors of the storm
To guard the banner of the free,-
To ward away—the battle-stroke,
Like rainbows on the cloud of war,
The harbingers-of victory.”—DRAKE.
“No, let us rather choose, -
“The horrors and cruelties of civil and intestine war, the bloodshed and the barbarism of the battle-field, the furies and the crimes attendant upon massacre, conflagration, and pillage, can never be made to prepare the way for the blessings of liberty,-peace,—and equal rights to enter-and take up their abode in any land. They serve only to bind upon it still more firmly the burden and the woes of slavery and sin. 'All they that take the sword' (that is, select and adopt it as the means of improving their social or political condition) “shall perish with the sword. But truth-is mighty, reason—is mighty, conscience—is mighty, yet the spirit of human and of Christian benevolence is mightier than them all,—and the most despised minority, the most trampled victims of oppression and slavery, if they make these the weapons of their warfare, and wield them in faith, patience, and perseverance, will be sure to conquer,—for God—will be their ally. And the strongest and fiercest-giant, who comes to the field with a spear, and with a sword, and with a shield will be sure to fall before the merest stripling who meets them in the name of-the LORD."-C. W. UPHAM.
The falsetto, as its name implies, is false voice. We may more properly say a strained voice. In oratory it is talking on a higher pitch than the orotund, and partakes of the tones used in the effort of calling or talking to persons at a distance. To produce it properly the imagination should be directed to distance. The lips and corners of the mouth are drawn further back than in producing the orotund, and the sound is more shrill. The round O will best represent the orotund tone and the compressed the falsetto.
This quality of voice is not much used in speaking, yet we have many passages in recitations where it occurs, adding usually great rhetorical force and beauty of expression, by its bursting suddenly upon the hearer, in tones from eight to ten notes higher than the general tenor of the piece. It occurs in passages where intense excitement or alarm is to be exhibited, as in the cry of fire, help, or of resistance, of victory, and in calling and hailing persons at a distance; as, (8) Fire! (9FIRE! (10) FIRE!
"Ah!' she said, 'the eyes of Panguk
Glare upon me in the darkness;
(8) Hiawatha! (10) HIAWATHA !"
“The midday watch was set beneath the blaze of light,
(11) A sail! (12)a sail in sight!'”
This voice, when used to represent sounds in the distance, must be fainter and much softer than that pitch of voice used in representing something near:
"When o'er the silent seas alone
Sparkling at once is every eye;
While answering back the sounds we hear,
The conversational voice, though it should be pure in tone, is restricted in compass or prolongation, and the vibrations are not so forcible as in the orotund. Very many people, in common conversation, run into an insipid falsetto, mixed with nasal tones, which are exceedingly grating to the ear of the listener.
We may perhaps be allowed to add here that this nasal-sound is a predominant fault in some parts of our country. But it should never be dignified, as it sometimes is, by naming it a head-voice. There is no such thing as a head-voice in nature. It is a habit, and an exceedingly bad one, of perverting pure sound; forcing it through the nose when it ought to have free passage through the open mouth. There is but one pure nasal-sound in the English alphabet, which occurs on ng or nk, and in this there is no mixture of mouth-sound. M and n are formed in the back of the mouth, and the sound thrown through the nose.
They are mixed mouth and nasal-sounds. If there is any stoppage of this passage, by a drying of the secretions, by catarrh, or by snuff-taking, these sounds can not be produced, while the swallowed sounds of bo, d, gr usually take their place. If persons thus affected attempt to say "good morning" the result is good bordig. This is not more objectionable, however, than the constant habit of driving the sound through the nose or splitting it between the nasal and mouth passages. This habit prevails so widely in some parts of the United States—the sounds are so common—that they are unnoticed, and persons imitate each other by association without knowing it. To remedy this it is necessary to husband the expenditure of the breath, holding the sound firmly, and forcing it out through the open mouth. This, like other bad habits, requires frequent friendly hints from associates if we would have it effectually eradicated.
Others again talk on one key without modulation or breath. Incessant talkers generally choose this manner, and are called tiresome and disagreeable. The painful sympathy of the listener, occasioned by their want of breath wherewith to make pure sounds, is almost intolerable. To be decently smothered would be merciful in comparison.
The following example shows the ascent from the conversational to the falsetto, and the descent to the conversational voice:
"The war-that for a space did fail
And-Stanley-was the cry.
And fired his glazing eye;
The grave tones of voice are the antipodes of the orotund and falsetto, and are used in solemn and impressive styles, which are more difficult to acquire. The transition of the voice from the extreme upper tones of the falsetto to a full low register in many instances is productive of marvelous rhetorical effects, and repays the student for the labor of acquiring such power.
“ The world was void;
" But Linden saw another sight,
The darkness of her scenery.”
Example of ascent from the grave tones of voice into the orotund, ending in the falsetto:
"The combat deepens;-on, ye brave,
And charge with all thy chivalry!" Tremor of voice is produced by a retention of the volume of air in the larynx, with the glottis sufficiently contracted to prevent an even escape of sound. The escaping air playing upon the chords of the glottis, and this double vibratory force reaching the sounding-board above, gives a tremulous or wavy sound of the voice, corresponding somewhat to the trembling, buzzing sound produced in making the name-sound of z. But the difference between these is wide; the first being an emotional sound formed in the voice-chamber, the other an articulating sound made by the tongue and teeth. There are many emotions which can not be expressed without this effort. It is used in sorrow, in terror, and in distress of mind. Bestow much practice on the trilled words:
“Cromwell, I did not think-to shed a tear
Queen Katharine said, in commending her daughter to Henry, “And a little to love her, for her mother's sake; who loved him-Heaven knows how dearly!”
That which gives beauty to all the qualities of the voice is feeling. We must feel what we say.
“Hark-I hear thy thunder's sound
• Tried-and convicted-traitor :- Who says this ?
“Unnerved, and now unsettled in his mind,
I pray thee,- live once more among ye.
Hamlet. Oh! that this too, too solid flesh would melty