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- verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of
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It untunes and unframes the heart itself, by entangling its affections.
But power dwells with cheerfulness; hope puts us in a working mood, whilst despair is no muse, and untunes the active powers.
[FN#282] i.e. As she untunes the lute by "pinching" the strings over-excitedly with her right, her other hand retunes it by turning the pegs.
It is the wound in the affections which untunes the jarring senses of 'this _child-changed father_.'
Every impulse of bad health jars or untunes some string in the fine harp of human volition; and because a man cannot be a moral being but in the proportion of his free action, therefore it is clear that no man can be in a high sense moral, except in so far as through health he commands his bodily powers, and is not commanded by them.
Discontent disjoints the soul, it untunes the heart for duty.
When sorrow is indisposing, it untunes the heart for prayer, meditation, holy conference; it cloisters up the soul.