Whether she plays or sings, or talks or works with the children, it is perfect. 'It all seems so easy when you do it, I said to her yesterday, and she pointed to the quotation for the day in her calendar. It was a sentence from George MacDonald: 'Ease is the lovely result of forgotten toil. Now it may be that Miss Mary Denison is only an angel; but I think that she 's an artist."
Aiken's instance, he sang one of Burns's songs, the one about "Annie" and the "rigs of barley." He sings in a perfectly simple style, so that it is little more than a recitative, and yet the effect is very good as to humor, sense, and pathos. After rejoining the ladies, he sang another, "A posie for my ain dear May," and likewise "A man's a man for a' that."
Mary was introduced to dozens of young fellows, attended spreads and sings and proms, danced a great deal, was asked to dance ever so much more, chatted and laughed and enjoyed herself as a healthy, happy, and pretty girl should enjoy a college commencement. And on the following Tuesday she and Miss Pease, looking down from the steamer's deck, waved their handkerchiefs to Mrs.
"Possibly for years. I'm coming to work here." "Work!" "In the office of one of Mr Devitt's companies." The man assumed an air of some deference. "Mr Devitt! Our leading inhabitant sings baritone," remarked the station-master. "Indeed!" "A fair voice, but a little undisciplined in the lower register. This is quite between ourselves." "Of course. Do you think you can help me to find rooms?"
He has snakes for his belt, and his ears are adorned with ear-rings made of snakes. Snakes form also the sacred thread he wears. An elephant skin forms his upper garment. He sometimes laughs and sometimes sings and sometimes dances most beautifully. Surrounded by innumerable spirits and ghosts, he sometimes plays on musical instruments.
And the policy set on foot by him was developed but a few years ago into a scheme of slaughter, which in atrocity has far surpassed the killings of Attila, of whom the Nationalist poet sings, or even the designs of the deposed Sultan.
Sadness was not my nature; I was as cheerful as the bird that sings, save a mighty something which clung to me and overshadowed me like the enormous wings of a terrible genius. One day it began again to snow; a million feathers from the frost king's fleece were flying in the air.
Here a buttercup pressed like finely beaten brass, there a great yellow rose in my Keats; my Chaucer is like his old meadows, 'ypoudred with daisie, and my Herrick is full of violets. The only thing is that they haunt me sometimes. But then, again, they bloom afresh every spring. As Mr. Monkhouse sings: 'Sweet as the rose that died last year is the rose that is born to-day.
The mother bird meanwhile was flitting about in the branches overhead, peering down upon me and uttering her anxious "quay quay," equivalent, I suppose, to saying: "Get away!" This I soon did. Most of our bird music, like our wild flowers, is soon quickly over. But the red-eyed vireo sings on into September not an ecstatic strain, but a quiet, contented warble, like a boy whistling at his work.
Sometimes I am alone and sitting when everybody else is standing, and that is easy to bear; but sometimes I find myself standing when everybody else is sitting, and that is very hard. They have gone to the vestry. The choir sings an anthem to while away the kissing-time, and, right or wrong, I am sitting down, comforting my poor hat.