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The National Music of America. 105
The " Carmagnole " was once danced and sung even in the National Convention itself, in November, 1793. It was when the sac­rilegious procession of sans-culottes came into the hall with the spoils of the churches. Carlyle ("French Revolution," Vol. II., Book 7, Chapter IV.) thus tells of this event:
" In such equipage did these profaners advance toward the Convention. They enter there, in an immense train, ranged in two rows; all masked like mummers in fantastic sacerdotal vestments; bearing on hand-barrows their heaped plunder — ciboriums, suns, candelabras, plates of gold and silver.
" The address we do not give; for indeed it was in strophes, sung viva voce, with all the parts; Dan-ton, glooming considerably, in his place; and de-
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