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CHAPTER XX
MUSIC OF THE EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
"We now resume the chronological chain of musical history, from the termination of "Ancient Greek music;" for the music of the Christian church took its rise, from the melodies of Ancient Greece. Yet it is probable that the earliest Christian melodies were not according to the classical Grecian type, but rather conformed to the popular in style. This has always been the case in the rise of a new sect with sagacious leaders. The Jews on leaving Egypt, yet sang the popular melodies dear to their hearts, by association of childhood and youth; only at a later period, only when these songs were no longer so endeared to them did David introduce such reforms, as gave to the Hebrew music a distinct­ive style. So, also, it was with the Christian church in its earliest days; it would have been positively injudicious, at first, to have attempted a reform; and therefore, the old popular melodies of Greece and Rome, were set to new words and exerted a new influence.
Music has been, with every religion, the most powerful accessory of the Faith; but with none more than with Christianity. It had the addi­tional advantage, of being in an advancing state






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