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The Toice glides on at its own sweet will in speak­ing, obeying no rule whatever, whilst in song it springs or drops from one tone to the next over strictly measured gaps. In singing, short syllables are lengthened out and cease in fact to be short, and, except in certain kinds of dramatic singing and in recitative, the accent naturally falls on the vowels and not on the consonants. In speaking, only the lower third of the voice is em­ployed as a rule, whilst in singing the greatest effect is generally produced, except in the case of contraltos
and basses, by the use of the tipper and middle notes In speech the range of tone, even in the most excitable persons, hardly ever exceeds half an octave; in singing the average compass is two octaves. Singing tends to preserve purity of language, the rules which govern the utterance of every note also affecting the articulate element combined with it and keeping the words cast in fixed forms—a stereotype of sound, if I may venture the metaphor. Speech, on the other hand, like hand­writing, is always changing.—Sir Morell Mackenzie.
NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP.
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