An Essay on Music: Pronounced Before the Middlesex Musical Society, Sept. 9, A.D. 1807, at Dunstable, (Mass.)

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Manning & Loring, 1808 - 19 páginas
 

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Página 12 - The many rend the skies with loud applause ; So Love was crown'd, but Music won the cause. The prince, unable to conceal his pain, Gaz'd on the fair Who caus'd his care, And sigh'd and look'd, sigh'd and look'd, Sigh'd and look'd, and sigh'd again : At length, with love and wine at once oppress'd, The vanquish'd victor sunk upon her breast.
Página 3 - When the morning stars sang together, and the sons of God shouted for joy.
Página 3 - Angels rapt in wonder stood, And saw that all was fair, and all was good. 'Twas then, ye sons of God, in bright array Ye shouted o'er creation's day: Then kindling into joy, The morning stars together sung: And thro' the vast ethereal sky Seraphic hymns and loud hosannahs rung.
Página 14 - To many a youth and many a maid, Dancing in the chequer'd shade; And young and old come forth to play On a sun-shine...
Página 17 - On the leaden strings of dulness, he has attempted to soar into those regions of science never penetrated but by real genius. From such distempered imaginations no regular productions can be expected. The unhappy writers, after torturing every note in the octave, have fallen into oblivion, and have generally outlived their insignificant works.
Página 17 - On the kaden wings of dullness, he has attempted to soar into those regions of science, never penetrated but by real genius. From such distempered imaginations, no regular productions can be expected.
Página 17 - To the great injury of true religion, this kind of music has been introduced into our places of public worship. Devotion, appalled by its destructive presence, has fled from the unhallowed sound.
Página 19 - In one of his essays he wrote : From the midnight revel, from the staggering bacchanal, from the profane altar of Comus, they have stolen the prostituted Air, and with sacrilegious hands have offered it in the Temple of Jehovah. . . . Such profanation must wound every feeling heart. Devotion ever assumes a dignity. It cannot delight in the tinkling bustle of unmeaning sounds. The air of a catch, a glee, a dance, a march, a common ballad is very improper for the worship of the Most High.
Página 16 - I know, that my . Re- | deemer | liveth || And that He shall stand at the latter | day up...
Página 19 - Italian master knows not to intermix in his boasted composures. And yet, nothing can be more natural and easy than the sweet wild woodnotes of the Highland swain. There are also certain psalm tunes, which, with little merit as technical performances, are enabled to excite in the mind a great degree of devotional extacy.

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