Further, the work being intended for public recitation, some rhetorical embellishment was necessary, even at the cost of simplicity.
The mere recitation of such similar cases with their happy issue was supposed to be magically effective; for almost unlimited power was supposed to be inherent in mere words.
At court much time was given to poetic recitation, often accompanied by music, and accomplished poets received liberal rewards.
Moreover, the right recitation of the Koran is an art which even people of Arab tongue can only learn with great difficulty.
At the head of the lawn is the Rotunda, modelled after the Roman Pantheon and now containing the university library; and at the foot of the lawn are three modern recitation and laboratory buildings.
That it was the mode of recitation contemplated by the author of the Iliad or Odyssey it is impossible to believe.
The recitation of the Hesiodic poems was from the first unaccompanied by the lyre.
Upon the recitation of some of these texts rest many popular charms and incantations.
The passage about Marie Antoinette, which has since become a stock piece in books of recitation, seemed to Francis a mere piece of foppery; for was she not a Messalina and a jade?
It is noticeable that even the more highly developed forms of liturgical prayer tend, in the recitation of divine titles, attributes and the like, to present a survival of this magical use of potent names.
In 1456, the recitation of a few prayers before a church crucifix earned a Pardon of 20,000 years for every such repetition.
At certain periods after the burial, a khatmeh, or recitation of the whole of the Koran, is performed, and the tomb is visited by the women relations and friends of the deceased.