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EXAMPLES FOR VOCAL PRACTICE.
Airy, fairy Lilian,
Flitting, fairy Lilian,
When I ask her if she love me,
Claps her tiny hands above me,
She'll not tell me if she love me,
Cruel little Lilian.-Tennyson.
Great rats, small rats, lean rats, brawny rats,
Fathers, mothers, uncles, cousins,
Families by tens and dozens,
Brothers, sisters, husbands, wives,
Followed the Piper for their lives.-Browning.
Now clear, pure, hard, bright, and one by one, like to hailstones,
Now with a sprightlier springiness, bounding in triplicate syllables,
Now, their voluminous coil intertangling like huge anacondas, Roll overwhelmingly onward the sesquipedalian words.-Stacy.
Fight, gentlemen of England! fight, bold yeomen!
Upon them! Victory sits on our helms.-Shakespeare
In the following examples study the pantomimic as well as the vocal expression, giving especial attention to the attitudes of the head. (See Lessons XXV. and XXVII.)
Girl! nimble with thy feet, not with thy hands,
Then Rustum raised his head; his dreadful eyes
I did hear him groan:
Ay, and that tongue of his, that bade the Romans
So you beg for a story, my darlings,
My brown-eyed Leopold,
And you, Alice, with face like morning,
Then come, if you will, and listen-
Proud Charleston by the sea.
—M. A. P. Stansbury.
Hail to thee, blithe spirit!-bird thou never wert-
-Shelley, "The Skylark."
Attitudes of the Head.—Continued.
V-The Head Inclined (Fig. 12)
Indicates ease, trustfulness, familiarity, or indifference. When the head is inclined toward a person or object it indicates affectionate or trustful attention. When the head inclines in the opposite direction from the object at which the speaker is looking, it indicates distrust, or criticism. When the eye also is turned away, the expression is of great indifference, inattention.
As a bearing, the head may sway from side to side, in which case it indicates self-esteem, indifference to others, egotism, or merely an easy-going nature, according to the degree of the movement. The head
inclined habitually to one side is indicative of a sentimental nature, apt to be indiscriminately trustful. Very great inclination denotes a degree of mental weakness: Usually, this attitude is an affectation.
VI.-The Head Advanced (Fig. 13)
indicates eagerness, curiosity, and sometimes threatening. This also may be a bearing.
VII. The Head Drawn Back (Fig. 14)
indicates surprise, suspicion, harsh moods of the mind, like hatred, fear, anger or disgust. As a bearing it denotes characteristics of a like unpleasant nature.
indicates shame, despair, or bodily weakness.
IX.- The Head Thrown Back (Fig. 16)
indicates prostration, agony either of mind or of body. We seldom have use for so extreme an attitude as this,
but quite often make a similar movement to express disgust or weariness, throwing back the head as if seeking to rest it on an imaginary pillow or on the shoulder.
Be angry when you will, it shall have scope;
That carries anger as the flint bears fire. V.
Here is a beautiful example of the indifferent inclination and action of the head in the first two lines, changing to the affectionate bearing as the anger of Brutus gradually melts.
Who is it leans from the belfry with face upturned to the sky, Clings to a column and measures the dizzy height with his eye? VI. -Stansbury.
How like a fawning publican he looks. V., VII.
Here Shylock's expression is a mixture of suspicion and jealousy, and the attitude of the head should cor