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Like all other elements of utterance, it must be practiced judiciously or the effect will be injurious rather than beneficial,
Like Pure Tone, Orotund, and Oral, it has its Effusive, Expulsive, and Explosive Forms.
To acquire control of this quality, practice in a whispered tone the elements, words, and sentences in which the element h predominates.
Contrasting Aspirate and Pure Tone, Efusive Form.
1. Effusive Aspirate.
ASPIRATE, EFFUSIVE FORM—WHEN Used. The Aspirate in the Effusive Form is the quality appropriate for the expression of quietness, secret thought, suppressed fear, and profound repose.
Aspirate, Efusive Form.
“One struggle more, and I am free."-BYRON. Leave me! O, leave me! Unto all below
Thy presence binds me with too deep a spell;
That I may part in peace!
The very shadow of thy waving hair,
O bid the conflict cease!
I hear thy whisper—and the warm tears gush
Into mine eyes, the quick pulse thrills my heart; Thou bidd'st the peace, the reverential hush, The still submission, from my thoughts depart:
Dear one! this must not be.
The past looks on me from thy mournful eyes,
The beauty of our free and vernal days; Our communings with sea, and hill, and sky0, take that bright world from my spirit’s gaze!
Thou art all earth to me!
The jasmine's breath, the murmur of the bee;
Tuo mucli--and death is here!
Doth our own spring make happy music now,
From the old beech roots flashing into day? Are the pure lilies imaged in its tow? Alas! vain thoughts! that fondly thus can stray
From the dread hour so near!
If I could but draw courage from the light
Of thy clear eye, that ever shone to bless! –
Bearing all strength away!
I would be still, in voiceless prayer to die!--
O yet a while delay!
QUESTIONS. 1. What Quality is presented in this lesson ? 2. Define the Aspirate Quality. 3. To which class does it belong? 4. What styles of thought and feeling can be expressed only with LESSON XIII.
the Aspirate Quality ? 5. What is the effect of the Aspirate when blended with the Oro
tund ? 6. In what Forms may it be given ? 7. When is the Aspirate, Effusive Form, appropriately employed ? 8. Why does the selection require Aspirate Effusive.
DIAGRAM OF TWELFTH LESSON.
3. Topic-Effusive Aspirate.......
4. Selection. “Parting Words."
1. Exercises in Position.
EXERCISES IN ARTICULATION.
ă, as in add.
ASPIRATE EXPULSIVE. The quality is the same as in the last lesson, but the form is changed to Expulsive.
EXERCISE IN ASPIRATE EXPULSIVE.
1. ē, as in me.
4. ,, up.
1. Tread softly, bow the head!
Contrasting Pure Tone and Aspirate, Effusive and Expulsive Forms. Repeat the foregoing sounds, words, and sentences with
1. Effusive Pure Tone.
2. Expulsive Aspirate.
4. Expulsive Pure Tone.
ASPIRATE, EXPULSIVE FORM-WHEN USED. The Aspirate in the Expulsive Form is the quality appropriate for the expression of suppressed command, sudden fear, alarm, and terror. Combined with the Orotund, it gives intensity to awe, horror, and dread.
EXAMPLE: SUPPRESSED COMMAND.
Soldiers, you are now within a few steps of the enemy's outposts! Our scouts report them as slumbering in parties around their watchfires, and utterly unprepared for our approach. A swift and noiseless advance around that projecting rock, and we are upon them -we capture them without the possibility of resistance. One disorderly noise or motion may leave us at the mercy of their advanced guard. Let every man keep the strictest silence under the pain of instant death.
1. Define the Aspirate Expulsive.
2. When is it used?
3. Give an example from nature.
4. Why does the selection require Aspirate Expulsive?
5. With what qualities may the Aspirate be combined?