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Sacred Song or Duett.


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Oh! could the depth of love be found, For words are weak,—we feel them weak,
Or angel mind conceive its store,

When the o'erpowering weight of bliss
Then ye your ecstacies might bound, Rests on the heart;-oh! who could speak
And say, how high your strain might soar. Of rapture so sublime as this !
Yet transports, ardors so intense,

But Music,-yes, that holy spell,
As in bright seraph-bosoms live,

The language of yon sainted sphere, -
How could they ever burst from thence, In it we may our triumphs tell,
Did Music not its utterance give ! And its sweet voice our God will hear.

Long He its eloquence hath known;
His young creation with it rang ;
When first those morning heralds shone,
Together they his praises sang.
Oh! sweet indeed is that employ,
Taught by himself,—his early choice;
Angels, with you we shout our joy,
In heaven-born Music's cheerful voice.



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Still imaged forth fair England's homes,

That lull'd their infant dream,-
When no lone vessel plough'd the wave,

Words from that clime to bear,
What nobly raised the stricken soul

Above that deep despair ?
What gave them strength 'mid all their loil,

In every hour of need, -
To plant within this sterile soil

A glorious nation's seed ?
The same that nerved them when they sank

To rest beneath the sod, -
That raised o'er Death the triumph-strain,--
Prayer,--and the faith of God.

L. H. A.

From the vale their homes have vanishid,

From the stream their swift canoe, Ch eftains and their tribea have perish'd

Like ihe thickets where they grew. Though their blood no longer gushing,

Wakens war's discordant cry,Stains it not the maple's flushing

When sad Autumn's step is nigh 1
None are living deplore them,-

None are left their names to tell, -
Only Nature bending o'er them,
Seems to sigh, "Farewel!, - farewell."

L. H. S


(The three beautiful Odes subjoined, which were written for the Second Centennial Anniversary of the Settlernent of Hartford, Conn., have been on hand for several weeks, and would have appeared sooner had not our columns been preoccupied. We are indebted for them in their corrected form, to the talented authoress whose initials they bear.May we not expect to be honored with similar favors from the same source ?

What led the pilgrim through the wild,

On to this stranger-land ?
Matron and maid and tender child,

An uncomplaining band ?
Deep streams and dark untrodden paths

Appall’d their weary eye,-
What fill'd them on that venturous way

With courage bold and high?
What cheer'd them when dire Winter's wrath

A frosty challenge threw,
When higher than their humble roofs

The mocking snow-wreath grew 1–
When in its wasted mother's arms

To famine's ills a prey,
The babe bereft of rosy charms

Pined like a flower away ?
And when the strong heart-sickness came,

And Memory's troubled stream

THE ABORIGINES. WHERE are they,—the forest-rangers,

Children of this western land ? Who to greet the pale-faced strangers,

Stretch'd an unsuspecting hand ? Where are they whom passion goaded

Madly to the unequal fight, Tossing high the feathery arrow

'Gailis the girded warrior's might ? Were not these their own bright waters ?

Were not these their native skies ?— Reard they not their red-brow'd daughters,

Where our princely mansions rise ?

GRATITUDE From the Descendants of the Pilgrim Fathers.

Praise from these fields, -no longer waste

Beneath the savage hunter's bow,-
But like their sons decreed to taste

The joy that culturing aris bestow.
Praise from these streams that span the vala,

No more with current clogg'd and slow,
But proudly speed the gliding sail

To marts where wealth and plenty now.
Praise from all people here who dwell

In this fair country of the free ;
Let every voice the tribute swell,
That flows, all Bounteous Sire! to Theo.



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ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS. absence by a musical rest (,) indicative of a 7 In the forest, | cinctured, i glade ! 7 pause. We now give an example:

Round the hermitage 17 of | health : 7

While the noon-bright / mountain's | blaze, 7 7 or a | truth 7 / no man 1 7 shall | stop me of this 7 | The universe is full of Music, full

7 In the sun's tor- | menting | rays: 7 boasting 1 7 in the / regions 1 7 of A- | chia. or richer strains than ever seraph sung

O’er the sick 7| 7 and sultry | plains, 7 Or thrill's from mortal's harp, or e'er were breathed By referring to this example, it will be seen, Through the dim 7 | 7 de- I licious / air, 7 From the fresh lips of beauty.–Mark the that the feet are equal in their time : "truth.

Ago. I nizing | silence | reigns, 177 Hear its soft murmur as it laves the shore,

7 And the ! wanness 7 of des. 1 pair: 717 7 When scarce a breath sweeps o'er its bosom,

this” being monosyllabic and accented

Nature | faints, 7 1 7 with | servent | heat, 7 And nought beside disturbs the general peace;

words, are destitute of that unaccented portion Ah 7 !| 7 her / pulse has ceased to beat 7 !! How it doch calm the soul, how soothe the heart

of the foot necessary to render it complete : We conclude our remarks on this important With its sweet murmur, sending up our thoughts A pause, therefore, indicated by the rest ( element in Elocution, by a final extract, from On eagle-wing to yonder purer sphere,

restores the time of the bar. The accented While the glad bosom heaves with feelings strange,

"Burke's Apostrophe to the Queen of France:” The heart throbs quick, the tongue reveals not why ;

words are “truth,” “no," "stop," "this,” T is Music. --See! the clouds are gath'ring fast, boast," " re," "chia:" I am perfectly aware,

7 It is I now, I sixteen or | seventeen years | 7 since 11

saw the Queen of | France, 7 | then the Dauphiness, i Stretching in misty wreaths aslant the west,

the grammarian will say, why separate the ad- 7 at Ver. | sailles : 771 7 and surely I never I lighted on The swift-wing'wind sweeps on o'er hill and plain;

jective "this," from the noun " boasting ?" this orb, 7 i 7 which she I hardly | seemed to | touch, 71 Here lightnings flish, there bursts the thunder-cloud, Swift speeds the storin, and now old ocean heaves;

Our reply is, that we take "this” to refer to a 7 a more de- | lightful | vision. 7717 I saw her i just a. | particular kind of boasting, and as such to be

bove the horizon, 17 7 | decorating and I Now roll and swell the angry white-capt waves,

| cheering 1

7 the elevated / sphere 17 she just began to | move Now dash the shore, and drowning every noise emphatic, and that it could not be so rendered

in: 177 | Glitterin7 like the morning / stars; 1 7 7 ful? With their wild clamor. Hark! again, again, -

without a division from the accent, by which of 1 lise, 7 | 7 and 1 splendor, 17 and I joy, 777 Oh! 71 'T is the fierce thunderbolt-Oh! I love the scene of elemental strise--that angry roar

it is directly followed. If it should be argued, what a / revo- lution ! 17 7 17 and ( what a heart ! Of nature, and that tumult of the deep that frequent pauses would cut up sentences

must Il bave 717 to con template | 7 with. I cui el Are music to my soul, nor would I give into minute periods, we answer, that pauses, as

motion, that 7 | 7 ele, vation 17 and that 7 | fall. 7 | 777. One hour of this grand minstrelsy, for days

such, have nothing to do with the expression of We now proceed to a notice of the general or what the world call pleasure and delight.

sense,—they are acts of silence, and consequent- faults of readers and speakers. A current I've stood on mountain tops, and listen'! long To the sweet sound of rustling evergreens,

ly cannot impress vocal conviction; that if they opinion prevails, on this head, among manNodding their lofty hearls before the breeze

were twice as numerous, as marked above, kind, that when we deliver our spontaneous Anon burst forth the chorus, sweet and shrill,

in the hands of a good reader, they would not expressions to each other, we speak naturally, of thousand warblers vieing to express

be observed: The intonation would overrule and that by transferring this natural manner The fulness of the joy even they might feel.

their disconnecting influence, and present to to our general reading and speaking, we shall At midnight, when the busy world were still, I've saunter'd forth to gaze upon the stars the ear, a slow and beautiful delivery.

read and speak well. That even sparkle brighily o'er our heads,

This rythmical system has also a higher That this natural manner is better than the And long'd lo soar above this victher world,

claim on Elocution than that of rendering first attempts at required perfection generally Where I might hear the music of the spheres,'

reading and declamation harmonious and are, may be admitted. Put the faults of conAnd note the harmony with which they move In their fix'l courees.

pleasing; it is intimately connected with the versational intercourse are as numerous as Almighty Father, thou,

great functions of life, Respiration and Circu- those of reading, though less usually observed, Who drove our parents from thy Paradise

lation. A reader or speaker who is guided by from the rapidity of colloquial speech. To dwell with toils and sorrows on this earth,

its principles in his delivery, will never be de- Another rule laid down by teachers to enD dst not withdraw their every source of joy; Thou lefi'xt them Music, that in darkest hours

ficient in breath or hurried in his respiration, sure good reading, is, a full comprehension of Might point them up to thee, a forelaste rich under the most powerful vocal efforts. It sur

That no reader can give effect to a or the eternal w.rld, where music reing,

nishes also a guide to the Orthoēpy of the lan- passage of which he cannot comprehend the And millions swell the general song of praise !

guage: The pronunciation of a word, of more grammatical construction, even with the best Brockport.

E. W. 1. E.

than one syllable, under its direction, can elocution, we will not for a moment dispute ; AN INQUIRY

never be mistaken. The accent and pause but that a full comprehension of the sense will INTO THE ELEMENTARY CONSTITUTION OF THE are placed before the eye: Nor can the pupil ensure a correct delivery or reading, we deny. Human Voice, OR

ever pass by them, if the teacher has the book We would cite our Clergymen, particularly SPEECH, AS A MUSICAL SCIENCE. in his hand and is conversant with its princi- Episcopalians, to test the truth of our denial. ples.

Do they not understand the sense of that which To remedy the evil arising from rapid read- We subjoin several poctic extracts, under they read, from the sacred desk? Can it be ing and want of accentual force, we published the rythmical notation above mentioned, that supposed, they do not comprehend that which in the year 1827, a series of exercises in Elo

the reader may be able from personal observa- they have sworn on the allar of their faith, to cution, upon the principles of Mr. Steele's no

tion, to decide, for himself, on its advantages: propagate and maintain ? We would not dare tation. We have lived to see their decided

70n | Linden! I when the sun was | low, 7|

to dishonor their sacred calling by the bare advantages and to behold their introduction

7 All | bloodless! I lay the un. I trodlen | snow, 7| supposition of such a fact. Do they read into the inost respectable public and private 7 And dark a3 / winter | 7 was the flow 7

well ? Does one in a hundred ? We will not institutions of the country. In this work, is a 7 00 | Iser / rolling rapidly. 1777.

answer the question-it is unnecessary. Naselection of poetry and prose from the most The vacant bars between “Linden” and

ture may, at times, form specimens of excelclassic English authors. We have in the “ when," and "blood-less" and "lay,"indicate | lence in delivery, unassisted by the resources primary pages, divided each piece into regu- a rhetorical pause equal to the time of a regu- of science : They are, however, among the lar feet, marking the accented syllables, in all lar foot.

' chosen few." Like the land of Goshen cases, with the sign 1, and accounting for its The underwritten extract from Montgome- amid the plagues of Egypt, they appear to

ry's "Thunder Storm,” is here presented under have been preserved by a great deliverance Exercises in Elocution, founded on an inquiry into the the notation adverted to,

from the general contamination. elementary constitution of the human voice, by Dr. Jou BARBER To be obtained of the author, at No. 51, Laight Oh, for I evening's | brownest I shade, 7

Do the opponents of science, in Elocution, street, New York.

Where the breezes I play by stealth, 7

argue from this fact, that it proves nature is



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