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32 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
You see clearly how the song becomes animated, scenic, and expressive by these hum . . . hums, which are just what is needed in the case to augment, to amplify the otherwise somewhat dry text.
The difficulty sometimes is to find the "correspondence" between the poetry and the amplification — I mean to say, the word or articulation to fit in — which must be absolutely direct and clear.
However, it is only a question of wit, of esprit, an indispensable gift for him who wishes to sing a song effectively, a gift without which you can do little.
Now let us improvise such an amplification of text, for instance, in the first verse of an old popular English song you all know: Comin' thro' the Rye.
The first verse reads in plain English: