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52 THE VOWEL SOUNDS.
The position is very similar to that of a smile. Great
care must be taken to keep the tip of the tongue against the back of the lower teeth and to prevent any rigidity of the tongue.
Knit.—The tongue is a little lower than for EE.
—Phonetic sign j. The sound y is often called a semi-vowel; the position is very similar to EE and should be practised with it.
Waking and asleep, Thou of death must deem Things more true and deep Than we mortals dream, Or how could thy notes flow in such a crystal stream ?
Who is this ? And what is here? And in the lighted palace near Died the sound of royal cheer; And they cross'd themselves for fear All the knights at Camelot.
66. The Vowels
Nude.—Pass quickly from the EE, or more correctly the y position, to that of 00; the diphthong sound u results.
While organs yet were mute Timotheus to his "breathing flute
Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, Sober, steadfast and demure.
67. The Vowels
Now.—Pass quickly from the Ah position to that of 00; the diphthong sound ou results.