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SCIENCE OF TEMPO IN DECLAMATION 119
like to say that in speaking of a "science of tempo," I am not thinking of any theory or technicalities as the basis of such a science.
The science of tempo is based solely on a thorough comprehension of the thought of the author.
I do not think that tempo can be applied mechanically, as it should vary with the nature of the thought expressed in the text.
To illustrate the appliance of tempo in declamation, I shall give first the words of a text and then the same words between which I have inserted marks to indicate short pauses
LE LOUP ET L'AGNEAU
La raison du plus fort est toujours la meilleure:
Nous Pallons montrer tout a Pheure.
Un agneau se desalterait
Dans le courant d'une onde pure.
Un loup survient a jeun, qui cherchait aventure,
Et que la faim en ces lieux attirait.
Qui te rend si hardi de troubler mon breuvage ?
Dit cet animal plein de rage:
Tu seras chatie" de ta temerite\
Sire, r^pond Pagneau, que votre majeste"
Ne se mette pas en colere;








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