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The National Music of America. 107
" Beside her stood Laharpe, the ex-Academician, the well-known author of the ' Cours de Literature.' Holding his cap of liberty, he opened his address by denying the existence of a God; and then, blas­pheming our divine Saviour, he dared Him to avenge the insult offered to Him in His temple. As no miracle took place in answer to this impious chal­lenge, the crowd burst into loud laughter and shouts of joy. The nave of the church was then turned into a ball-room. The celebrated organist Se"jan was forced to play, on the great organ, base dance-music of the period, while whirling wretches danced the Carmagnole and howled the air of ' Ca Ira.'" x
Infinitely nobler, more patriotic, and more dignified is the " Marseillaise." There are some songs in the world's history, which, beginning as local numbers, finally outgrow their surroundings, extend beyond the bor­ders of even the country which bore them, and eventually become the common property of all nations. " Auld Lang Syne" was but a simple Scottish folk-melody, built on an
1 Account by the composer Adolphe Adam, translated by Elizabeth Wormeley Latimer in LittelVs Living Age, Aug. 23, 1879.
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