All that day the drums resounded, the priests chanted
, and the multitude feasted and roared till sunset, when the throng dispersed, and the Taboo Groves were again abandoned to quiet and repose.
is called the Placebo from the first word.
During the balance of the day the priests of Opar were busy erecting an altar in the center of the clearing, and while they worked they chanted
weird hymns in the ancient tongue of that lost continent that lies at the bottom of the Atlantic.
It was while bending over them, examining, that again he heard the eery chant
. He had seen the thing pursue the coyote, and he knew he had no chance on a straight run.
'He's dreadfully imprudent,' muttered Brass, after he had listened to two or three repetitions of the chant
. 'Horribly imprudent.
The choral chant
, in fact, which had thus acted as a charm, was a kind of wild accompaniment to the favorite Indian game of "Hand." This is played by two parties drawn out in opposite platoons before a blazing fire.
Ten years earlier he had lifted the chant
, sung to the air of the "Doxology," when afflicted with the fever to go gold-mining in Patagonia.
Then, in a wild burst of their chant
they sang with united voices the temper of the Mohican's mind.
Chanting for chanting, my dear Planchet; I have remarked that nations prefer singing a merry chant
to the plain chant
Down he sank in a chair--ran his hands through his hair-- And chanted
in mimsiest tones Words whose utter inanity proved his insanity, While he rattled a couple of bones.
Another thought that a scarlet mole should be buried alive in the public park and a suitable incantation chanted
over the remains.
So I drove her into it, and through it, and across, and maundered aloud and chanted
my disdain for all the books and schools.