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generous souls set no boands to their love, or to their hatred, and wbeiber a Whig or Tory, a lap-dog or a 52531, an opera or a poppet-show, be the object of à, a passion, while it reigns, engrosses the whole
When the wife of Hector, in Homer's Iliad, disenure with ber hasband about the battle in which he was going to engage, the bero, desiring her to leave the mua to his care, bids her to go to her maids, and mind bar spenning: by which the poet intimates, that men and women oaght to basy themselves in their proper spheres, and on sach matters only as are suitable to their respective ses.
nå goatsatare profess a dislike to inusic, when at ti semne cirme they do not scruple to own, that it has the the agreeadle and improving influences over their ming: sems to me an unbappy contradiction, that the pers as should bave an indifference for an art, which raises in təem sech a variety of sublime plea.
However, though some few, by their own or the up: samedie prejatives of others, may be led into a di ther for the musical societies, which are erected merely for entertainment; yet sure I may venture to er, that no one can have the least reason for disaffecEx* to the solema kind of melody which consists of the ex's of our Creator.
Yon here, I presume, already prevented me in an argument upon this occasion, which some divines bare Korutally advanced apon a mach greater, that musical
he sacrifice and adoration has claimed a place in the i, tak laws and customs of the most different nations; as the 91*** Grecians and Romans of the profane, the Jews and
? Christians of the sacred world, did as unanimously
agree in this, as they disagreed in all other parts of their
I know there are not wanting some who are of ant opinion that the pompous kind of music which is in
y use in foreign churches is the most excellent, as it most 21e affects our senses. But I am swayed by my judgment
to the modesty which is observed in the musical part of our devotions. Methinks there is something very landable in the custom of a voluntary before the first lesson; by this we are supposed to be prepared for the admission of those divine truths, which we are shortly to receive. We are then to cast all worldly regards from off our hearts, all tumults within are then becalm. ed, and there should be nothing near the soul but peace and tranquillity. So that in this short office of praise, the man is raised above himself, and is almost lost already amidst the joys of futurity.
I have heard some nice observers frequently commend the policy of our church in this particular, that
it leads us on by sach easy and regular methods, that rizas We are perfectly deceived into piety. When the spirits
begin to languish (as they too often do with a constant T series of petitions she takes care to allow them a pious
respite, and relieves them with the raptures of an anthem. Nor can we doubt that the sublimest poetry, softened in the most moving strains of music, can never fail of humbling or exalting the soul to apy
pitch of devotion. Who can hear the terrors of the ir Lord of Hosts, described in the most expressive me.
lody, without being awed into a veneration? Or who can hear the kind and endearing attribute, of a mere ciful Father, and not be softened into love towards
As the rising and sinking of the passions, the casting
soft or noble hints into the soul, is the natural privilege of music in general, so more particularly of that kind which is employed at the altar. Those impressions which it leaves upon the spirits are more deep and lasting, as the grounds from which it receives its authority are founded more upon reason. It diffuses a calmness all around us, it makes us drop all those vain or immodest thoughts which would be an hindrance to us in the performance of that great duty of thanksgiv. ing, 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 pathetical method of ad. dressing ourselves to him, we can scarce contain from raptures! The beart is warmed with a sublimity of goodness! We are all piety and all love!
How do the blessed spirits rejoice and wonder to behold unthinking man prostrating his soul to bis dread Sovereign in such a warmth of piety as they themselves might not be ashamed of!
I shall close these reflections with a passage taken out of the third book of Milton's Paradise Lost, where those harmonious beings are thus nobly de. scribed:
Then crown'd again, their golden harps they took,
I HAD occasion to go a few miles
out of town, soms days since, in a stage-coach, where I had for my fellow travellers a dirty beau, and a pretty young qnaker woman. Having no inclination to talk much at that time, I placed myself backward, with a design to survey them, and pick a speculation out of my two companions. Their different figures were snfficient of themselves to draw my attention. The gentleman was dressed in a snit, the ground whereof had been black, as I perceived from some few spaces that had escaped the powder, which was incorporated with the greatest part of his coat: his periwig, which costuo small sum, was after so slovenly a manner cast over his shoulders, that it seemed not to have been combed since the year 1712; his linen, which was not much concealed, was daubed with plain Spanish from the chin to the lowest button, and the diamond upon his finger (which natnrally dreaded the water) put me in mind how it sparkled amidst the rubbish of the mine, where it was first discovered. On the other hand, the pretty quaker appeared in all the elegance of cleanli. ness. Not a speek was to be found upon her. A clear, clean oval face, just edged about with little thin plaits of the purest cambric, received great advantages from the shade of her black hood; as did the whiteness of her arms from that sober-coloured stuff, in which she had clothed herself. The plainness of her dress was very well suited to the simplicity of ber phrases; all which put together, though they could not give me a great opinion of her religion, they did of her innocence.
This adventure occasioned my throwing together a banda live in few hints upon cleanliness, which I shall consider as turn the one of the half virtues, as Aristotle calls them, and we shall recommend it under the three following heads; as it is a mark of politeness; as it produces love; and as it bears analogy to purity of mird. agreed apon, that no one, anadorned with this virtue, to the IL
First, It is a mark of politeness. It is universally pare and can go into company, without giving a manifest of. fence. The easier or higher any one's fortune is, this
The different nations of that were the duty rises proportionably. the world are as much distinguished by their cleanli auntime ness, as by their arts and sciences. The more any country is civilized, the more they consult this part of the the 1 politeness. We need but compare oor ideas of a fe is fille male Hottentot and an English beauty, to be satisfied of the truth of what hath been advanced. foster-mother of love. Beanty indeed most commonly NO PI
In the next place, cleanliness may be said to be the produces that passion in the mind, but cleanliness preserves it. An indifferent face and person, kept in pero petual neatness, hath won nany a heart from a pretty slattern. Age itself is not unamiable, while it is
pre served clean and unsullied; like a piece of metal coll stantly kept smooth and bright, we look on it with more pleasure than on a new vessel that is cankered with rust.
I might observe further, that as cleanliness renders us agreeable to others, so it makes us easy to ourselves; that it is an excellent preservative of health; and that several vices, destructive both to mind and body, are inconsistent with the habit of it. But these reflections I sball leave to the leisure of my readers, and shall observe in the third place, that it bears a great analogy with purity of mind, and naturally inspires refined sentiments and passions.
We find from experience, that through the preva. lence of custom, the most vicious actions lose their borror, by being made familiar to us.
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