give the fifth and the octave," said Mr.
Denisov, with sparkling eyes and ruffled hair, sat at the clavichord striking chords
with his short fingers, his legs thrown back and his eyes rolling as he sang, with his small, husky, but true voice, some verses called "Enchantress," which he had composed, and to which he was trying to fit music:
It was hard to believe, as he looked back over it, that the whole great span was incurably disabled, was already as good as condemned, because something was out of line in the lower chord
of the cantilever arm.
It was a moment of great peril; for,--despite the traditionary awe that had gathered over this instrument of music, and the dirges which spiritual fingers were said to play on it,--the devoted sister had solemn thoughts of thrumming on its chords
for Clifford's benefit, and accompanying the performance with her voice.
I forget exactly what it was, but something in our talk had set us glowing, had touched tender chords
of unexpected sympathy, and involuntarily I stretched out my hand across the corner of the table and pressed Nicolete's hand as it rested on the cloth.
Amina struck a few chords
and then broke into a song, which she sang with so much ardour that she was quite overcome, and sank gasping on a pile of cushions, tearing open her dress as she did so to give herself some air.
The mystic chords
of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
I will, in this place, hazard an observation, which will not be the less just because to some it may appear new; which is, that the more the operations of the national authority are intermingled in the ordinary exercise of government, the more the citizens are accustomed to meet with it in the common occurrences of their political life, the more it is familiarized to their sight and to their feelings, the further it enters into those objects which touch the most sensible chords
and put in motion the most active springs of the human heart, the greater will be the probability that it will conciliate the respect and attachment of the community.
Duty, gratitude, interest, ambition itself, are the chords
by which they will be bound to fidelity and sympathy with the great mass of the people.
I descended to the drawing-room, from whence I heard some chords
Mirrors her charms upon the silver shoal; And I have ta'en the lute, my only friend: The vibrant chords
beneath my fingers blend; They sob awhile, then as they slip control
Many of the men were making low-toned noises with their mouths, and these subdued cheers, snarls, imprecations, prayers, made a wild, bar- baric song that went as an undercurrent of sound, strange and chantlike with the resounding chords
of the war march.