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Music from the East.                      41
guese congregations in London. This furnishes illustrations of great value, whether they be con­sidered collaterally with reference to the music of other countries, or singly, as standing on their own merits. They may be divided into two sections: the first containing those chants of a wayward rudeness, so constant to Oriental cries, and so per­plexing to the ear be they ever so explicable, as having originated in the speaker's desire to help his voice. The following fragment,8 though not among the specimens reputed by M. de Sola as oldest, is not one of the least characteristic :
8 The specimen given when my lectures were delivered, was No. 44 of M. de Sola's collection : a ' Melody of the Blessing of the Priests,' regarding which we are assured that tradition exists that it is identical with that sung in the Temple, where, as it was known, the priestly choirs were daily wont to bless the people, agreeably to the command to them in Xnm-







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