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There are two kinds of Chests,—Active and Passive.
The Active Position of the chest represents intensity of
thought and feeling.
The Passive Position of the chest is that in which there
is absence of passion.
Elocution is the correct expression of thought by Speech
and Gesture. The elements in the expression of every emotion are
Ritch, Quantity, Quality, Movement, and Inflection.
The voice should always follow the conceptive location
of the object,—Moral and Physical.
Hear it not, Duncan ; for it is a knell
Heaven from all creatures hides the book of fate,
Atoms or systems into ruin hurled,
“ Whither is fled the visionary gleam? Where is it now, the glory and the dream ?”
“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting.
And cometh from afar.
From God, who is our home.”
“Oh, joy! that in our embers
The thought of our past years doth breed
Not for these I raise
of thanks and praise ;
High instincts before which our moral nature
But for those first affections,
Those shadowy recollections,
Truths that awake to perish never.
Though inland far we be,
Which brought us hither.— Wordsworth.
A gay, serene spirit is the source of all that is noble and good. Whatever is accomplished of the greatest and noblest sort flows from such a disposition. Petty, gloomy souls, that only mourn the past and dread the future, are not capable of seizing upon the holiest moments of life, of enjoying and making use of them as they should.–Frederick von Schiller.
“ No day is commonplace, if we had only eyes to see its splendor.”
Hearts, like apples, are hard and sour,
Flow naturally never,
With God's hand on the lever.
There is a thought higher than mortal thought;
To be at work, to do things for the world, to turn the currents of the things about us at our will, to make our existence a positive element, even though it be no bigger than a grain of sand, in this great system where we live,—that is a new joy of which the idle man knows no more than the mole knows of the sunshine or the serpent of the eagle's triumphant flight into the upper air. The man who knows indeed what it is to act, to work, cries out, “This, this alone is to live!"- Phillips Brooks.
Every day is a fresh beginning;
Every morn is the world made new;
Here is a beautiful hope for you-
Every day is a fresh beginning:
Listen, my soul, to the glad refrain,
And puzzles fofecasted and possible pain,
“ Rouse thee up! Oh, waste not life in fond delusions! Be a soldier! Be a hero! Be a man
The quality of mercy is not strain'd;
Tis wisdom's law, the perfect code,
By love inspired;
Is much required ;
The rushing stream the wheel must move,
The tempered steel its strength must prove,
If I am weak and you are strong,
Why then, why then you
the braver deeds belong!
And so, again,
have gifts and I have none,
'Tis yours with freer hand to give,
with truer grace to live,
Words should be spoken quickly, with pauses between of
greater or less length according to the levity or gravity
of the emotion. Quantity may be long or short. Words of dignity and strength require Long Quantity. Words of impatience, stubbornness, and sudden action
require Short Quantity.
EXAMPLES OF LONG QUANTITY.
It must be so: Plato, thou reasonest well!