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of Magazines

Compiled from
ORIGINAL PIECES,

WITH

EXTRACTS from the most celebrated Books,

AND

PERIODICAL COMPOSITIONS,
Publithed in EUROPE, for the Year MDCCLVI.

The Whole forming
A compleat Literary and Historical

ACCOUNT of that period.

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LIMERICK:
Printed by and for ANDREW Welsh, MDCCLVI.

TEENEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY 166175

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

1900.

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An Ejay on the Origin, Nature, and Intention of MUSIC.

Music has Charms to sooth a lavage Breast,
To soften Rocks, and bend a knotted Oak:
I've read, that Things inanimate have mov'd,
And, as with living Souls, have been inspir'd

By melting Numbers and persuasive Sound. CONGREVE. ***OME authors pretend of speech, which of itself is so high

that the birds caught men ly valuable, something more lively, S

to fing, in suggesting, by more animated, and more proper io their various notes and give utterance to the sentiments of

warbling, how capable the foul. When it is penetrated and the different modulations and tones fired with fome object that strongly of the voice are of pleasing the ear; pofseffes it, the usual language does but man had a more excellent inalter, not suffice for its traniports. Ic to whom alone he ought to direct his springs forth in a manner out of itgratitude.

self, it abandons itself to the emotions The invention of mufic, and of by which it is agitated, it invigothe inftruments, in which a principal rates and redoubles the tone of the part of it confifts, is a present from voice, and repeats its words at difa God, as well as the invention of the ferent pauses ; and, not contented other arts. It adds to the fimple gift with all these efforts, it calls in in. Vol. XII.

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