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Well, you don't look for much of a voice in a comic song.
You don't expect a man to break off in the middle of a line, and snigger, and say, it's very funny, but he's blest if he can think of the rest of it, and then try and make it up for himself, and, afterwards, suddenly recollect it, when he has got to an entirely different part of the song, and break off, without a word of warning, to go back and let you have it then and there.
Every Tragedy, therefore, must have six parts, which parts determine its quality--namely, Plot, Character, Diction, Thought, Spectacle, Song.
Of the remaining elements Song holds the chief place among the embellishments.
But Caedmon could neither read nor write, nor is it at all likely that he ever learned to do either even after he became a monk, for we are told that "he was well advanced in years" before his great gift of song came to him.
When she had finished her song the Student got up, and pulled a note-book and a lead-pencil out of his pocket.
On another day she repeated this, at the same time singing most of the song to him softly in his ear.
This song has been a favorite in Germany for forty years, and will remain a favorite always, maybe.
Very well, the next one," she said hurriedly, turning over the pages, and at once feeling that there was something connected with the song.
And Big-Fat said it was good, and the Bug sang another song about how good it was to observe the law, and what a fine land the Sea Valley was, and how every man who loved the Sea Valley should go forth and kill the bad Meat-Eaters.
I do call to mind a song that a certain minstrel used to sing in my father's hall, upon occasion.
I have sometimes thought that the mere hearing of those songs would do more to impress some minds with the horrible character of slavery, than the read- ing of whole volumes of philosophy on the subject could do.