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  • She adopts the lilt of a jazz singer.
    lilt = rising and falling pitch of voice
  • On Saint Patrick's Day, she adopts a strong Irish lilt.
    lilt = accent
  • Their speech had a lilting cadence that made me think of singing more than speaking.   (source)
    lilting = pleasing with the pitch rising and falling
  • She makes a happy, lilting sound, an elephant laugh.   (source)
    lilting = pleasing (with the pitch rising and falling)
  • "Apparitions?" she asked with a pleasant Dutch lilt.   (source)
    lilt = accent
  • The Old Umber lilt is back in his voice.   (source)
    lilt = way of speaking
  • It was comforting listening to them, Mama's voice a warm, lilting murmur, Papa's a quiet, easy-flowing hum.   (source)
    lilting = pleasing with the pitch rising and falling
  • The voice that answered had an Indian lilt to its Canadian accent, light but unmistakable, like a trace of incense in the air.   (source)
    lilt = way of speaking
  • Andy was a large man, over six feet tall and 200 pounds, who spoke with a sharp Kiwi lilt;   (source)
    lilt = accent
  • And the other is a woman with skin so black it's blue and a lilt in her voice.   (source)
    lilt = pleasing sound
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  • The gray man spoke English with a curious lilt.   (source)
    lilt = accent
  • "Yes," she says, a mischievous lilt in her voice.   (source)
    lilt = pleasing way of speaking
  • He doesn't smile, but there's a teasing lilt to his voice and his eyes are bright.   (source)
    lilt = way of speaking
  • He had a slight country lilt, like that of the white man at the counter.   (source)
    lilt = accent
  • Your greeting has a poetic lilt, the pleasing rhythm of spellwork.   (source)
    lilt = pleasing sound
  • He had a rich deep voice, good both in song and in speech, and while he had no brogue there was a rise and a lilt and a cadence to his talk that made it sound sweet in the ears of the taciturn farmers from the valley bottom.   (source)
    lilt = pleasing way of speaking
  • "We haven't lost each other and our babies are all right and we have a roof over our heads," said Melanie and there was a lilt in her voice.   (source)
    lilt = cheerful manner
  • There was a lilt in her voice which was new.   (source)
    lilt = way of speaking
  • As she said this, her voice lilted with sarcasm, as if this blunder, after everything else—after joking about the Holocaust and glancing at her test—was too much and she was done with me.   (source)
    lilted = changed pitch
  • The disappointment he felt in his daughters sifted down on them like ash, dulling their buttery complexions and choking the lilt out of what should have been girlish voices.   (source)
    lilt = cheerful manner
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  • She sang a cheerful lilt.
  • Low pipe organ music began to lilt through the church.   (source)
    lilt = play in a lively manner
  • But there was, at least, a lilt; she felt her own feet wanting to dance as she got nearer.   (source)
    lilt = lively music
  • Darzee's Chant (Sung in honor of Rikki-tikki-tavi) Singer and tailor am I— Doubled the joys that I know— Proud of my lilt to the sky, Proud of the house that I sew— Over and under, so weave I my music—so weave I the house that I sew.   (source)
    lilt = happy song
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  • It began as a black feather, lilting, floating.†   (source)
  • He walked past me, his shoulders filling out his green knit polo shirt, his back straight, his steps lilting just slightly to the right as he walked steady and confident on what I had determined was a prosthetic leg.†   (source)
  • After some deliberation, I bought a cookie at The Cookie Gremlin — oatmeal and chocolate chip — and a Styrofoam cup of coffee, and sat on one of the park benches, sipping and licking my fingers, resting my feet, listening to the taped music with its lilting, mournful twang.†   (source)
  • Vasily, who spoke with such pointed accuracy when providing directions to the city's sights, suddenly had the lilt of one who may or may not remember tomorrow what he had said today.†   (source)
  • Now only a few feet away, the visitor grew louder and louder until Thomas caught a shadowed glimpse of a skinny boy limping along in a strange, lilting run.†   (source)
  • They were gentle and lilting, these sighs, and despite their melancholy Reynie loved to hear them.†   (source)
  • The couples then joined hands and moved forward in a graceful promenade, dancing a lilting minuet to the strains of Don Giovanni.†   (source)
  • I rang the bell and was greeted not by Connie but by Morrie's wife, Charlotte, a beautiful gray-haired woman who spoke in a lilting voice.†   (source)
  • The sounds of lilting speech reached them, along with the gentle strumming of a harp.†   (source)
  • She seemed entranced by the music, a little frenzied piano piece with this mesmerizing quality, sort of quick passages and then teasing lilting ones before it returned to the quick playful parts.†   (source)
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  • She could hear the lilt and glee of nuanced rumors being exchanged between them, the sound of easy intimacy in the air.†   (source)
  • He proceeded to give us directions in a lilting accent, which I found enormously entertaining.†   (source)
  • He had an accent, the lilt of the Free Cities, Braavos perhaps, or Myr.†   (source)
  • "Your Highness," she said in a lilting voice that thrummed along Kai's spine.†   (source)
  • A bird pelted the air with a strange, lilting song.†   (source)
  • "Less and less," Lucy admitted, a tiny lilt of hope in her voice.†   (source)
  • "No, no, Marvin," lilted Trillian, "that's just fine, really…."†   (source)
  • Would you be Jon, then?" he inquired in a lilting New Zealand accent, glancing at a sheet of photocopied passport photos depicting Rob Hall's clients.†   (source)
  • I ignore the fact that he has just said "we," a word that for some reason sounds amazingly appealing when pronounced with his lilting, laughing accent.†   (source)
  • A thirty-seven-year-old man, HARRY, has his daughter, LILT, on his shoulders.†   (source)
  • I'd forgotten her lilting accent and the twang that grew   (source)
  • Sometimes I dream that I remember her voice, the lilt and tone and turn-in-the-womb centerhess of it, but then I awake and it becomes only the wind moving lace curtains or the sound of some alien sea on stone.†   (source)
  • A while ago, the nurse I liked with the lilting accent said she was going home.†   (source)
  • This was the most Jane had ever heard Bella say, in her lilting accent that made even English words sound foreign.†   (source)
  • Babette employed her storytelling voice, the same sincere and lilting tone she used when she read fairy tales to Wilder or erotic passages to her husband in their brass bed high above the headlong traffic hum.†   (source)
  • Clary liked the lilt to his shoulders, the way he tossed his hair as he went.†   (source)
  • As he grew angrier, his lilting accent became more pronounced.†   (source)
  • His first offering is a Beethoven cello sonata, and this drab concrete corner of downtown Los Angeles, with its nearby settlement of bug-bitten denizens and moving clouds of noxious vehicle exhaust, is transformed into a place of lilting repose.†   (source)
  • "She is, she's beautiful," I said, and felt my stomach lilt.†   (source)
  • The voice was lilting, half filled with laughter.†   (source)
  • The lilting reggae strains of Bob Marley began to pulse through the speakers, having an almost instant mellowing effect on us both.†   (source)
  • I was starving, so I lilted the lid off the first bowl.†   (source)
  • Soon her gratifying fingering and her lilting voice would lull me to sleep again.†   (source)
  • Eragon asked in the ancient language, adopting a light, lilting tone.†   (source)
  • "It means the crime is deemed an accident," Rafi's smooth, lilting voice says behind me.†   (source)
  • The fiddlers are playing a lilting ballad, and at my nod, the boy takes my hands as confidently as if we've been friends for years.†   (source)
  • The lilting voices of the bluebirds flashed through the room like motes of light.†   (source)
  • "I hear her strange heart," he murmured with an almost musical lilt to his words.†   (source)
  • Her voice was low-pitched, lilting, and vaguely familiar.†   (source)
  • My head starts to spin, like riding a lilt-A-Whirl.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile, life in Appleton, Wisconsin, seemed to lilt along almost in defiance of the Depression, or any other unwelcome intrusion.†   (source)
  • It was softer and more lilting than the song by which he had called up the stars and the sun; a gentle, rippling music.†   (source)
  • The music and lilt were gone from Lucinda's voice.†   (source)
  • "It'll dry out," Sarah lilts.†   (source)
  • I'd chosen this particular music because of its beautiful, lilting beat, and also because I'd Googled Aldebaran and found out it was a giant star—and I thought music that celebrated the night sky was appropriate for tonight.†   (source)
  • I couldn't swear to it, but it looked to me as if two men was stooping over something, lilting it.†   (source)
  • Her voice was light, lilting in her pain.†   (source)
  • But hovering over an old Bobby Brown CD, both of them can sing "Every Little Step" with the same lilts and dips they sang it with seven years ago.†   (source)
  • Meredith's sweet voice lilted from within.†   (source)
  • "You mean black patients, mon," Nestor said in his lilting accent.†   (source)
  • "Darling," he corrected in that flowing Irish lilt.†   (source)
  • Her lovely face, lilting voice and perfect smile did nothing to allay the former judge's fears.†   (source)
  • I can just imagine her lilting tone, the shifting from one broad hip to the other, the way she does.†   (source)
  • She was giggling, a light, lilting laughter that belied her grave state.†   (source)
  • But he spoke to him in a soft, soothing lilt.†   (source)
  • Lourdes exaggerated her steps, flawless and lilting, teasing the rhythm seductively.†   (source)
  • The words flowed from David in a lilting cant that made Max feel sleepy.†   (source)
  • Don't you understand it, Phil?" said Lillian, her voice peculiarly clear and lilting.†   (source)
  • There's just an occasional lilt of stalks pressing away from the cemetery, as if gently grazed by departing shawls.†   (source)
  • Deep in her belly the water veins pulse And nipple the roots that suckle their life And streams from her breasts in a liquid flow Giving life to her children she cradles in love And adding a lilt from Her spirit mind The melody humming of water's song.†   (source)
  • He lilted his head at her reference to their initial meeting.†   (source)
  • Consider this: Ireland is an island nation that has never developed a navy; a music-loving people who have produced only those harmless lilting ditties as their musical legacy; a bellicose people who have never known the sweet savor of victory in a single war; a Catholic country that has never produced a single doctor of the Church; a magnificently beautiful country, a country to inspire artists, but a country not yet immortalized in art; a philosophic people yet to produce a single…†   (source)
  • But when he came back late at night, the magic had all but abandoned his face and his step, the aura was gone, the lilt, and I could smell the animal of him as he walked past my bedroom door in the short hall, the stink of sweat and ruined vegetables and the ashen city penetrating me like an epochal sickness.†   (source)
  • He had always found in singing a momentary escape from the burdens of mortality, and now he was not surprised, as he prepared to rise or fall, perhaps to be gathered in upon streams of sparkling velocity, to hear intersecting voices so lilting, resonant, and beautiful that upon them all the difficult past was effortlessly lifted like a boat in a lock.†   (source)
  • He was a tall, well-built fellow, with a ready laugh, and a clear lilting whistle.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Angell asked in a lilting voice.†   (source)
  • Her voice came to me with a Southern lilt similar to my own.†   (source)
  • She had ruddy skin and a lilting voice.†   (source)
  • "You know what our motives are," continued the other in his softly lilting voice.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile, now to help summon my own muse, I tried to read Marlowe, but for some reason that lilting music failed to stir me as it usually did.†   (source)
  • His voice was lilting as his laughter.†   (source)
  • Through the comical spelling, eerie grammar, and devil-may-care punctuation a distinctive voice emerged, full of sweetness, despair, earnestness, love, and loneliness, all expressed in a graceful Scandinavian lilt.†   (source)
  • " Adam could hear the singing lilt of his speech and yet could detect no word pronounced in a strange manner except perhaps in sharpened t's and l's held high on the tongue.†   (source)
  • At the same moment she remembered the real, forgetful laugh that had changed his face, and the lilting way he had said her name.†   (source)
  • MARY Laughs and an Irish lilt comes into her voice.†   (source)
  • As he drove the little Ford safely to its garage, he remembered for the first time in years when he was young and brash, a student in New York, and the shriek and horror and unholy smother of the subway had its original meaning for him as the lilt and expectation of love.†   (source)
  • Her words were loud and unnaturally forced compared to her usual lilting voice.†   (source)
  • My mother sang the counter-harmony, her voice soft and lilting.†   (source)
  • She said these last words in a childish lilt that I once found fetching.†   (source)
  • "No, no, Marvin," lilted Trillian, "that's just fine, really … just part of life."†   (source)
  • Let's behave ourselves, shall we?" a lilting voice suggested.†   (source)
  • She drew the word out, her voice rising and falling with a faint lilt.†   (source)
  • His voice was deep, its accent tinged with a faint Irish lilt.†   (source)
  • The Demon chanted Bram's Riddle in a lilting, amused voice.†   (source)
  • The lilting whisper of the West Indian trailed off in midsentence as he looked at his companion.†   (source)
  • "Lieutenant Dallas," he said in that faint and fascinating Irish lilt, "a pleasure, as always."†   (source)
  • To Max's surprise, his roommate began to sing a soft, lilting song.†   (source)
  • His accent was more pronounced than Arya's: a lilting cadence that gave his words music.†   (source)
  • When she is merry, there is a touch of Irish lilt in it.†   (source)
  • His voice was deep, yet strangely soft and lilting; like the bush boy's, only several octaves lower.†   (source)
  • And the sound of the word, how it forms on your lips, teeth, and tongue—vaporzzzzzz—it lilts up, then lingers and fades.†   (source)
  • Halleck's music still wafted over the room, but it had come out of its minor key, lilting and lively now as though he were trying to lift the mood.†   (source)
  • And beneath that there was a hint of lilt that brought back the overtones of a cat burglar l'd known who had grown up on Asquith, a quiet, backwater Web world settled by First Expansion immigrants from what had once been the British Isles.†   (source)
  • On nights like that—although it is wrong and illegal—I think of those strange and terrible words, I love you, and wonder what they would taste like in my mouth, try to recall their lilting rhythm on my mother's tongue.†   (source)
  • Gazing clown on the Jungfrau From our chalet for two… The lilt and boom threaded by me like an invisible rivulet in a desert of snow.†   (source)
  • "No, don't worry about that," the lilt continued, "you just act as comes naturally and everything will be just fine."†   (source)
  • And yet I feel a lilt of nerves: I called Desi only twenty-four hours ago, and these are not newly planted tulips, and the bedroom did not smell of fresh paint.†   (source)
  • Then he began to sing softly, the tune lilting and strange, almost a lullaby: "How odd to watch a mortal kindle Then to dwindle day by day.†   (source)
  • …vibe, and then I was thinking of abuse and prostitution, and then I was thinking of Oliver! my favorite musical as a child, and the doomed hooker Nancy, who loved her violent man right until he killed her, and then I was wondering why my feminist mother and I ever watched Oliver! considering "As Long as He Needs Me" is basically a lilting paean to domestic violence, and then I was thinking that Diary Amy was also killed by her man, she was actually a lot like— "I'm Nancy," I say.†   (source)
  • My mother swore any Southerner would know better, could pick up the slight lilt and drawl in her words.†   (source)
  • Finally, campfires dwindling, they laid out sleeping rolls for us and sang a lullaby in a lilting foreign language, and I felt pleasantly like a child.†   (source)
  • "Lemon tea, iced," Leonardo announced with a musical lilt as he came back through a curtain of draping simulated silk with a tray and glasses.†   (source)
  • It was high-pitched and lilting, would almost have been pretty if it didn't seem so completely out of place.†   (source)
  • Each and every night, I found myself reliving our brief encounter: her cascading hair, the lilt of her voice, her patient gaze as we stood in the rain.†   (source)
  • In the shade of the eaves, amid the fresh blooms of the lilies, a cool, tropical lilt seemed to unfold in the air.†   (source)
  • Her voice is soft and lilting, like a melody, and I try to latch on to the sound to avoid thinking about the obvious.†   (source)
  • Best of all were the rich, familiar smells of garlic and onion and the lilting cadence of Spanish spoken by the dark-eyed waiters, who reminded Sandi of her uncles.†   (source)
  • Max read the letter twice, grinning as he imagined his friend's Dublin lilt bouncing over each word and syllable.†   (source)
  • Then came harvest, one of the best times of the year, when the big full moon lit the fields and the slaves worked late, singing songs that had a lilt in them, songs that were like a thanksgiving for the abundance of the crop.†   (source)
  • All the while, Miss Wren rocked in the chair and stroked Miss Peregrine's feathers, singing her a soft, lilting lullaby: "Eft kaa vangan soorken, eft ka vangan soorken, malaaya …."†   (source)
  • Lilting.†   (source)
  • There was a lilt in her voice and laugh that I'd never heard before; it was as unnatural as those strange yellow lights they had put up near the interstate to make you think it was daylight.†   (source)
  • I'm still thinking about the tilt of his shoulders, the sexy lilt in his voice, while we drive to the garage and Mom pays the grease monkey.†   (source)
  • And I note, too, that there is a certain give in her voice, a new gentility, and whether it's from the passage of time or a heart of pity or just the automatic lilt of our line of work, I don't care, I don't give "two darns," as Mary Burns sometimes allowed herself to say, I don't want to understand anything but that I am here and she is here, and that there is a glimmer of gentle days ahead.†   (source)
  • Swept up by the moment, Cedric falls in love with the Fugees' stunning lead singer, Lauryn Hill, an almond-eyed beauty who sings flawless reggae, jazzy hip-hop, and a lilting cover of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly."†   (source)
  • Listening to her lilting voice, I was transported back to Missing Mean Time, as if I were sitting by the phone under Nehru's photograph and looking across the room at the portrait of Ghosh which consecrated the spot where he spent so many hours listening to the Grundig.†   (source)
  • And as I looked down at him, as I saw his yellow hair pressed against my coat, I had a vision of him from long ago, that tall, stately gentleman in the swirling black cape, with his head thrown back, his rich, flawless voice singing the lilting air of the opera from which we'd only just come, his walking stick tapping the cobblestones in time with the music, his large, sparkling eye catching the young woman who stood by, enrapt, so that a smile spread over his face as the song died on…†   (source)
  • In the afternoons, when Eduardo and I escorted him from the office to the subway, which he sometimes liked to ride home, we heard him greet his citizens in Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin, Thai, Portuguese, him lilting forth with a perfection unborrowed and unstudied: Keep on, keep faith, we know how you feel, you are not alone.†   (source)
  • Then, interspersed with the barking of the dogs, he heard the strange, lilting melody of the ancient language emanating from Carn, and the power contained within the phrases caused the back of Roran's neck to prickle with alarm.†   (source)
  • If Dathedr was surprised to see Eragon, he did not show it; he inclined his head, touched the first two fingers of his right hand to his lips, and said in his lilting voice, "Atra esterni ono thelduin, Eragon Shur'tugal.†   (source)
  • As he and Arya went from person to person, Eragon was also aware, through his link with Saphira, of the elves' faint, lilting chanting, which underlay everything he heard, like a strip of cunningly woven fabric hidden beneath the surface of the world.†   (source)
  • "It is such a magnificent gesture, I hardly know what to say," intoned the vicar, his high lilting voice sincere.†   (source)
  • His words became songs, lilting chants and melodies that saturated the air until it hummed with magic.†   (source)
  • There is the feeling when he speaks to you in his lilting accent that he's addressing others in the room, who must be listening intently.†   (source)
  • The voice broke in with its ingratiating molasses pokiness and warmth, still an uncanny replica of the speech of my Carolina forebears, lilting, lulling: "I'm sho' lookin' forward to that trip with you an' Miz Sophie.†   (source)
  • They could hear nothing -apart from the lilt of the rivulet - for it was still too early for the stirring of bush life.†   (source)
  • Now, without pausing I will begin, on the very lilt of the stroke—.†   (source)
  • But I, Lyow, choose Lay-making, of loud lilts which linger.†   (source)
  • The organ grinder's tune was sad under its lilting shrillness.†   (source)
  • And when the baldheaded proprietor would pass by, we black children, poor, half-starved, ignorant, victims of racial prejudice, would sing with a proud lilt:A rotten egg Never fries A cheating dog Never thrives.†   (source)
  • Outside, long shadows lay on the grass and I could hear robins in the trees on the front lawn singing that lilting question they always ask from tree to tree as the sun is going down.†   (source)
  • They had tacked, and they were sailing swiftly, buoyantly on long rocking waves which handed them on from one to another with an extraordinary lilt and exhilaration beside the reef.†   (source)
  • Then they began to sing amongst themselves, lilting barbaric tunes that Conway could imagine orchestrated by Massenet for some Tibetan ballet.†   (source)
  • It seems kinder not to dwell on the days before the trial by battle—not to describe the distracted woman kneeling to Sir Bors, who had never lilted her before, and who now, just back from his virginal achievement of the Grail, liked her still less.†   (source)
  • He took it from her, murmured a few words of thanks, and then fled, with the lilting step of the clerk.†   (source)
  • His words without his voice might have impressed her, but when she heard the self-satisfied lilt of them, when she saw the mouth moving so complacently and competently beneath the little red nose, she felt, quite illogically, that this was not the last word on India.†   (source)
  • Fear is an echo we traced to Security's daughter; Now we are faces and voices…. and less, too soon, Whispering half-love over the lilt of the water….†   (source)
  • "It was on the evening when I had the privilege of first making your acquaintance," he began in a lilting tone, letting his voice fall at the end, as if this were the first sentence in a long story.†   (source)
  • A silly lilting wavering tune came from before her in the dusk—a tune in which major notes with their cheerful insistence wavered and melted into minor sounds, as, beneath a bridge, the high lights on dark waters melt and waver and disappear into black depths.†   (source)
  • Possibly I recited with a certain joyous lilt which was my own, for—his memory was good, and at a second rendering, very often the first, he made a quatrain his own—he recited the same lines and invested them with an unrest and passionate revolt that was well-nigh convincing.†   (source)
  • Dr. Krokowski discussed it by using a hybrid terminology, a blend of poetical and academic styles, all of it uncompromisingly scientific, but in an ornate, lilting tone, which seemed rather unsuitable to Hans Castorp, but which perhaps accounted for the flush on the ladies' cheeks and the way the gentlemen kept flicking their ears.†   (source)
  • A POEM THAT ELEANOR SENT AMORY SEVERAL YEARS LATER "Here, Earth-born, over the lilt of the water, Lisping its music and bearing a burden of light, Bosoming day as a laughing and radiant daughter….†   (source)
  • It is Herrick, I believe, and the music with the reedy, irregular, lilting sound that goes with Herrick, And it was dusk; the heavy, hewn, dark pillars that supported the gallery were like mourning presences; the fire had sunk to nothing—a mere glow amongst white ashes….†   (source)
  • 'Eh?' inquired Nikolai Petrovitch, while Pavel Petrovitch lilted a knife in the air with a small piece of butter on its tip, and remained motionless.†   (source)
  • She then turned her attention to seeking out objects of amusement for herself, and tripped merrily on, lilting a tune to supply the lack of conversation.†   (source)
  • We hear this strident and lilting refrain which we should say had been lighted up by a phosphorescent gleam, and which seems to have been flung into the forest by a will-o'-the-wisp playing the fife:— Miralabi suslababo Mirliton ribonribette Surlababi mirlababo Mirliton ribonribo.†   (source)
  • Hearing her name spoken in that casual Highland lilt—"L'heer"—suddenly made me irrationally angry.†   (source)
  • …then."
    They hung on his words and moved to orders smartly.
    First they washed and pulled fresh tunics on,
    the women arrayed themselves—the inspired bard
    struck up his resounding lyre and stirred in all
    a desire for dance and song, the lovely lilting beat,
    till the great house echoed round to the measured tread
    of dancing men in motion, women sashed and lithe.
    And whoever heard the strains outside would say,
    "A miracle—someone's married the queen at last!"
    "One of her hundred…†   (source)
  • Often thought she was in the dumps till she began to lilt.†   (source)
  • (He begins to lilt simply) Li li poo lil chile Blingee pigfoot evly night Payee two shilly….†   (source)
  • (He lilts, wagging his head) With my tooraloom tooraloom tooraloom tooraloom.†   (source)
  • Or a lilt.†   (source)
  • Lord, I mustn't lilt here.†   (source)
  • To get the final lilt of songs, To penetrate the inmost lore of poets——to know the mighty ones, Job, Homer, Eschylus, Dante, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Emerson; To diagnose the shifting-delicate tints of love and pride and doubt—— to truly understand, To encompass these, the last keen faculty and entrance-price, Old age, and what it brings from all its past experiences.†   (source)
  • Sounds of the Winter Sounds of the winter too, Sunshine upon the mountains—many a distant strain From cheery railroad train—from nearer field, barn, house, The whispering air—even the mute crops, garner'd apples, corn, Children's and women's tones—rhythm of many a farmer and of flail, An old man's garrulous lips among the rest, Think not we give out yet, Forth from these snowy hairs we keep up yet the lilt.†   (source)
  • To Get the Final Lilt of Songs To get the final lilt of songs, To penetrate the inmost lore of poets—to know the mighty ones, Job, Homer, Eschylus, Dante, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Emerson; To diagnose the shifting-delicate tints of love and pride and doubt— to truly understand, To encompass these, the last keen faculty and entrance-price, Old age, and what it brings from all its past experiences.†   (source)
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