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MUSICAL RHYTHM                    105
called Ma Grandmbre, which offers the best illus­tration for a song mixed with recitation.
I shall give first the words of the song, and then indicate which lines are spoken and which are sung.
It is necessary to penetrate well the meaning of the song.
It is a grandmother, a French lady of olden times, speaking to her grandchildren of her joyous past. The poet indicates that her frankness is rather due to a drop of wine, but in interpreting the song you must not forget that the grandmother is a woman of the eight­eenth century. She has a gallant heart; she has loved love, which means the joy of loving and of being loved. In spite of her old age, her heart has not hardened; her old face bears still the divine smile of youth. It is a good, tender, charming, joyous grandmother whom your interpretation has to reveal. Her frank­ness grazes indiscretion, but not frivolity.
Ma grandmere un soir a sa f6te De vin pur ayant bu deux doigts Nous disait en branlant la tete, Que d'amoureux j'eus autrefois.

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