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The Quaker as a sect, it is known, do not favor music; they think it to be a profitless amusement, in�dulged in by the world's people. George Thompson, the famous English abolitionist, while lecturing in Eng�land on the abolition of slavery in the British Prov�inces, stopped one night with a Quaker family. He was a great lover of music, and at that time was a good singer. During the evening he sang " Oft in the Stilly Night," which was listened to with the closest attention. In the morning the lady of the house, after Mr. Thomp�son came from his room, appeared quite uneasy. She
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wanted to hear the song again, but it would hardly do for her, a Quakeress, to request its repetition. At last, so goes the pleasant little story, her desire getting the better of her, she ventured to say: " George, will thee repeat the words of last evening in thy usual manner ? '* There can be no doubt that music has a great in�fluence in imparting those delightful sensations which tend to sweeten and prolong life. That this fact is often recognized is testified by the immense number of those who devote themselves entirely to the manufac ture and sale of musical instruments. It is, however, ac«
knowledged throughout the world, that the human voice has no equal for the production of sweet, elevating, enchanting sounds that delight the ear and give tone and coloring to the words of the poet. Hence, of all kinds of music, vocal music should claim the especial attention of all earnest and progressive educators, for singing is known to improve the enunciation, refine the taste, elevate the morals, confirm the health, strengthen the social feeling, and add much to the pleasure of all. The consideration of health is one to which too much attention cannot be given. Singing
is beneficial, indirectly, by increasing the flow of spirits, and dispelling weariness and despondency; and directly by the exercise which it gives to the lungs and the vital organs. We cannot sing without increased action of the lungs, and this causes the heart and all the organs of digestion and nutrition to act with renewed vigor. The singer brings a greater quantity of air into contact with the blood, and hence the blood is better purified and vitalized. Healthful and highly oxygenized blood gives energy to the brain, and thus the mind as well as the body shares the benefit of this delightful exercise.
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