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flection, following the directions given for the singing tone. As the tone is in progress think of roundness and fulness of voice. Hold in mind some lofty thought, or think of immensity, power, and majesty.
EXAMPLES FOR PRACTISE IN RESONANCE
1. My Lords, I do not mean to go further than just to remind your Lordships of this,—that Mr. Hastings' government was one whole system of oppression, of robbery of individuals, of spoliation of the public, and of supersession of the whole system of the English government, in order to vest in the worst of all the natives all the power that could possibly exist in any government; in order to defeat the ends which all governments eught, in common, to have in view. In the name of the Comm.ons of England, I charge all this villainy upon Warren Hastings, in this last moment of my application to you.
Therefore, it is with confidence that, ordered by the Commons of Great Britain, I impeach Warren Hastings of high crimes and misdemeanors.
I impeach him in the name of the Commons of Great Britain in Parliament assembled, whose parliamentary trust he has betrayed.
I impeach him in the name of the Commons of Great Britain, whose national character he has dishonored.
I impeach him in the name of the people of India, whose laws, rights, and liberties he has subverted, whose property he has destroyed, whose country he has laid waste and desolate.
I impeach him in the name and by virtue of those eternal laws of justice which he has violated.
I impeach him in the name of human nature itself, which he has cruelly outraged, injured, and opprest, in both sexes, in every age, rank, situation, and condition in life.
"The Impeachment of Warren Hastings."
2. Upon the principle on which the attorney-general prays sentence upon my client-God have mercy upon us! Instead of standing before Him in judgment with the hopes and consolations of Christians, we must call upon the mountains to cover us; for which of us can present, for omniscient examination, a pure, unspotted, and faultless course? But I humbly expect that the benevolent Author of our being will judge us as I have been pointing out for your example. Holding up the great volume of our lives in His hands, and regarding the general scope of them-if He discovers benevolence, charity and good will to man beating in the heart, where He alone can look; if He finds that our conduct, tho often forced out of the path by our infirmities, has been in general well-directed, His all-searching eye will assuredly never pursue us into those little corners of our lives, much less will His justice select them for punishment without the general context of our existence, by which faults may be sometimes found to have grown out of virtues, and very many of our heaviest offenses to have been grafted by human imperfection upon the best and kindest of our affections. No, gentlemen, believe me, this is not the course of divine justice, or there is no truth in the gospels of heaven. If the general tenor of a man's conduct be such as I have represented it, he may walk through the shadow of death, with all his faults about him, with as much cheerfulness as in the common paths of life; because he knows that, instead of a stern accuser to expose before the Author of his nature those frail passages which, like the scored matter in the book before you, checker the volume of the brightest and best-spent life, His mercy will obscure them from the eye of His purity, and our repentance will blot them out forever.
"The Freedom of the Press."
3. When Freedom from her mountain height
And set the stars of glory there;
And striped its pure, celestial white
Who rear'st aloft thy regal form,
When strive the warriors of the storm, And rolls the thunder-drum of heaven; Child of the sun! to thee 'tis given
To guard the banner of the free,
The harbingers of victory!
Flag of the brave! thy folds shall fly,
And cowering foes shall sink beneath
Flag of the free heart's hope and home,
Thy stars have lit the welkin dome,
And all thy hues were born in heaven.
Where breathes the foe but falls before us,
And Freedom's banner streaming o'er us ? "The American Flag." JOSEPH RODMAN DRAKE.
BRILLIANCY OF TONE
"Bell" exercise. Inhale deeply and fully; compress the air against the closed lips until they burst open on the word bell. Immediately place the tongue against the roof of the mouth to utter the sound of l, and hold the sound as long as possible, allowing it to die away very gradually in force. Avoid breathiness and violence in the explosion. Remember that the motive power should come from the abdominal muscles, and on no account from the throat. Practise this exercise rather gently at first, but later it can be done with increased sharpness and force.
2. "B-11" resonance. This is similar to the last exercise, but an effort is made to increase the vibration of the voice while dwelling on the letter i. This can be done by making
the voice tremble and by manipulating the tongue slightly. Aim also to bring the head resonance more particularly into play.
3. "Bell" varied. Repeat the first exercise in great variety. Take first the middle pitches of the voice, then the upper and lower keys. Practise considerably on the very low pitches, aiming at clearness. Strike the word bell several times in quick succession. Imitate the striking of a bell, by clear-cut blows, by swells of the voice, and other effects as they suggest themselves.
EXAMPLES FOR PRACTISE IN BRILLIANCY
1. Hear the sledges with the bells-silver bells—
All the heavens, seem to tinkle with a crystalline delight;
Hear the mellow wedding-bells, golden bells!
From the molten-golden notes, and all in tune,
What a liquid ditty floats
To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats on the moon! Oh, from out the sounding cells,
What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!
How it swells! how it dwells
On the Future! how it tells of the rapture that impels
To the swinging and the ringing of the bells, bells, bells
Of the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells
To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!