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“ He will find in these two laft such “ an Absurdity and confusion of
Stile, with such a comparative “ Poverty of Imagination, as will “ make him very li nsible of what I “ have been here advancing.
« Since we have tlierefore such a " Treasure of Words, so beautiful “ in themselves, and so proper for " the Airs of Music, I cannot but
wonder that Persons of Distincti“ on should give so little Attention " and Encouragment to that Kind
of Music, which would have its " Foundation in Reason, and which " would improve our Virtue in Pro
portion as it raised our Delight. « The Passions that are excited by « ordinary Compositions generally “ flow from such filly and absurd “ Occasions, that a Man is asham« ed to reflect upon them ferious. “ ly; but the Fear, the Love, the " Sorrow, the Indignation that are
) si awakened in the Mind by Hymns « and Anthems, make the Heart ss better, and proceed from such “C:ufes as are altogether reasona« ble and praife-worthy. Pleasure “and Duty go Hand in Hand, and " the greater our Satisfaction is, the greater is our Religion.
“ Homer and Hefod intimate to “ us how this Art should be applied,
when they represent the Mutes as ' surrounding Jupiter, and warb"ling their Hymns about his " Throne. I might shew from in“ numerable Passages in ancient “ Writers, not only that vocal and 6, instrumental Music were made « use of in their religious Wor i ip, " but that their most favourite Di“ vei fions were filled with Songs “and Hymns to their respective
Deities. Had we frequent En“ tertainments of this Nature among us, they would not a little
« purify and exalt our Passions, gives C
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.
" Music, 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 lasting and permanent
Impressions in the Mind, than “ those which accompany any tran«c fient Form of Words that are " uttered in the ordinary Method of " religious Worship.
“ Divine Music diffufes a Calmcc ness all around us, it makes us “ drop all those vain or immodest " Thoughts which would be an
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Thanksgiving, which, as we are “ informed by our almighty Bene“ factor, is the most acceptable « Return which can be made for “ those infinite Stores of Blessings, " which he daily condescends to
pour down upon his Creatures, . - When we make use of this pathe“ tical Method of addressing our'« felves to him, we can scarce con“ tain from Raptures! The Heart “ is warmed with a Sublimity of “Goodness! We are all Piety and « all Love!
" How do the blessed Spirits rea joice and wonder to behold un
thinking Man prostrating his “ Soul to his dread Sovereign in “such a Warmth of Piety as they ss themselves might not be alhamed
The royal Psalmist's Opinion and Practice are well known.
Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in bis Sanctuary: Praise bim in the Fira; mament of bis Power. Praise him for bis mighty Afts: Praise bim according to bis excellent Greatness. Praise bim with the Sound of the Trumpet : Praise him with the Psaltery and Harp. Praise bim with the Timbrel and Dance: Praise him with fringed Instruments, and Organs. Praise him upon the loud Cymbals : Praise him upon the bigh-sounding Cymbals. Let every i hing that hath Breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. Psalm
Nor is this Practice of singing the Praises of God with Instruments, any where prohibited under the New Testament Dispensation, as some well-meaning, but, in this Respect, erroneous, People are willing to suggest For we find our Saviour took every Opportunity of