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FAVORITE SONGS FOR SCHOOL AND HOME
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From the time when medical knowledge was first embodied in rules of practice, and probably from a much earlier period, music has held a recognized place in the treatment of disease. In no class of diseases, however, are we likely to derive so much benefit from the use of so pleasant a remedy as in those affecting the mind itself. In melancholia and allied states of depression its value is generally admitted in our own day. Ancient practitioners were also cognizant of its usefulness in this respect. We must all have felt how suitable is its infinite variety and facility of expression to the changing moods of the sane, and it is therefore the less difficult to understand how straying minds are pleased and settled by its charm. Certain it is that its beneficial effect is in this case considerable, and our
readers, though possibly unable to acquire a knowledge of the art, should at least possess, and, if needful, assert in practice, a sense of its therapeutic value.—Lancet. The poets and sages are no more agreed in their answers to the question, " What is music?" than they were, and are, on Pilate's pathetic question," What is truth?" or on that which has been asked almost as frequently," What is time ? " Plato, with godlike calm, says, " The whole universe is music, for everything in it is order and harmony." Fuller holds that music is the poetry of sounds, as poetry is the music of words. According to Wagner's theory, it is the art of singing words, and of speaking in sounds which express that which is otherwise inexpressible. Schopenhauer's defi­nition is unique: " Music is arithmetic come to life.*
SHOUT THE GLAD TIDINGS.
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W. A. MUHLENBURG, 1823.
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