The Human Ear: Its Identifiction and Physiognomy

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A. and C. Black, 1900 - Ear - 225 pages
 

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Page 212 - If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die.— That strain again;— it had a dying fall; O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet south, That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour.— Enough; no more; 'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
Page 213 - Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on; Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd, Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone...
Page 212 - A jest's prosperity lies in the ear • Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it : then, if sickly ears, Deaf 'd with the clamours of their own dear groans.
Page 206 - For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
Page 214 - I HAVE no ear. — Mistake me not, reader — nor imagine that I am by nature destitute of those exterior twin appendages, hanging ornaments, and (architecturally speaking) handsome volutes to the human capital.
Page 213 - I was all ear, And took in strains that might create a soul Under the ribs of death...
Page 218 - Until the outmost finds your ear. Within that ear the surgeons find A tympanum or drum, Which has a little bone behind, — Malleus, it's called by some ; But those not proud of Latin Grammar Humbly translate it as the hammer. The wave's vibrations this transmits On to the incus bone (Incus means anvil, which it hits), And this transfers the tone To the small os orbiculare, The tiniest bone that people carry.
Page 218 - Nay, making it a little more, The circle shifts about. As much as it shrunk in before The Bell, you see, swells out ; And so a new ellipse is made, (You're not attending, I'm afraid). " ' This change of form disturbs the air, Which in its turn behaves In like elastic fashion there, Creating waves on waves ; Which press each other onward, dear, Until the outmost linds your ear.
Page 214 - King" all my life; whistling and humming of it over to myself in solitary corners; and am not yet arrived, they tell me, within many quavers of it. Yet hath the loyalty of Elia never been impeached.
Page 218 - That sound — attend to what I tell — That sound was not Saint Pancras' Bell. Sound is the name the sage selects For the concluding term Of a long series of effects Of which the blow's the germ.

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