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56              National Music of the World.
the land a school of painters, of dramatists, of poets, of novelists, who by their individuality challenged —if they did not surpass—their brethren in every kingdom of Europe; and these, not always artists starved because society had no room for them—but men cherished by munificent persons who delighted to surround themselves with everything that is refined, pleasure-giving, and luxurious. Yet more: the Roman Catholic Church, to whose patronage, as distinct from prescience, music owes so much, had always one of her most august thrones in Spain, and round about that throne, her cathedrals with their reliquaries—-her holy houses with inmates ready to lay every gift they possessed on the altar. Further, that the people of Spam inherit a graceful aptitude for receiving art, might to this day be predicated from their noble bearing, from their picturesque fancies of colour in dress, from their inborn, inbred courtesy of demeanour, such as the traveller finds among few, if any, continental folk.
by the introduction of the Platercsco humour ; but that applies to fashion in decoration, not to form of structure; and the wonderful piled-up shrines and altars to be seen in the great and gorgpous Spanish cathedrals hardly outdo similar speci­mens which might have been cited so far north as the Lower Rhineland, say from the churches of X an ten and Neuss. The question. I repeat, is full of perplexing inconsistency.

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