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"He will find in these two last such an Abfurdity and Confufion of Stile, with fuch a comparative "Poverty of Imagination, as will "make him very fenfible of what I "have been here advancing.
"Since we have therefore fuch a "Treasure of Words, fo beautiful "in themselves, and fo proper for "the Airs of Mufic, I cannot but "wonder that Perfons of Distincti"on fhould give fo little Attention " and Encouragment to that Kind "of Mufic, which would have its "Foundation in Reason, and which "would improve our Virtue in Pro"portion as it raised our Delight. "The Paffions that are excited by "ordinary Compofitions generally "flow from fuch filly and absurd "Occafions, that a Man is afham"ed to reflect upon them ferioufly; but the Fear, the Love, the "Sorrow, the Indignation that are "awakened
awakened in the Mind by Hymns "and Anthems, make the Heart " better, and proceed from fuch "Crufes as are altogether reafona"ble and praife-worthy. Pleasure "and Duty go Hand in Hand, and "the greater our Satisfaction is, the 66 greater is our Religion.
Homer and Hefiod intimate to " us how this Art should be applied, "when they reprefent the Mutes as furrounding Jupiter, and warbling their Hymns about his "Throne. I might fhew from in"numerable Paffages in ancient "Writers, not only that vocal and "inftrumental Mufic were made " use of in their religious Wor ip, "but that their most favourite Di"verfions were filled with Songs "and Hymns to their respective "Deities. Had we frequent En"tertainments of this Nature a"mong us, they would not a little
'purify and exalt our Passions, give ¿ our Thoughts a proper Turn, " and cherish those divine Impulses
in the Soul, which every one "feels that has not stifled them by "fenfual and immoderate Plea "fures.
"Mufic, when thus applied, "raises noble Hints in the Mind "of the Hearer, and fills it with great Conceptions. It strengthens "Devotion, and advances Praise "into Rapture. It lengthens out every Act of Worship, and pro"duces more lafting and permanent Impreffions in the Mind, than "those which accompany any tran"fient Form of Words that are "uttered in the ordinary Method of "religious Worship.
"Divine Mufic diffufes a Calm"ness all around us, it makes us drop all those vain or immodest Thoughts which would be an B 2 Hindrance
"Hindrance to us in the Perform"ance of that great Duty of Thanksgiving, which, as we are informed by our almighty Bene"factor, is the most acceptable "Return which can be made for "thofe infinite Stores of Bleffings, "which he daily condefcends to pour down upon his Creatures, "When we make use of this pathe"tical Method of addreffing our"felves to him, we can fcarce con"tain from Raptures! The Heart "is warmed with a Sublimity of "Goodness! We are all Piety and "all Love!
"How do the bleffed Spirits rejoice and wonder to behold unthinking Man proftrating his "Soul to his dread Sovereign in "fuch a Warmth of Piety as they "themselves might not be afhamed " of !"
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The royal Pfalmift's Opinion and of Practice are well known. Praife ye the Lord. bis Sanctuary: Praise him in the Firmament of his Power. Praise him for bis mighty Acts: Praife bim according to his excellent Greatness. Praife him with the Sound of the Trumpet: Praise him with the Pfaltery and Harp. Praise bim with the Timbrel and Dance: Praife him with ftringed Inftruments, and Organs. Praife him upon the loud Cymbals : Praise him upon the high-founding Cymbals. Let every ibing that bath Breath praise the Lord. Praife ye the Lord. Pfalm 150.
Nor is this Practice of finging the Praises of God with Inftruments, any where prohibited under the New Teftament Difpenfation, as fome well-meaning, but, in this Refpect, erroneous, People are willing to fuggeft For we find our Saviour took every Opportunity of