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As a nation we are not yet a musical people in die sense in which Germany and Italy are musical, but there is a decided movement among the people which is a sign of promise. The best and most en­couraging indication is that music is no longer regard­ed as simply an accomplishment. Like the Greeks, we are realizing the necessity of aesthetic culture if we would have our young men and young women developed into well-rounded, harmonious characters. Far more than in those older lands do we need the universal art, which, while it crowns all others, may yet precede all others. In this new land there are, there can be, no wonders of architecture sacred with age and hallowed memories. Here are no galleries of sculpture and painting. They are the growth of
an older civilization, of a repose and patience as far as possible opposed to our restless, unceasing activ­ity of brain and body. De Stael calls architecture " frozen music." As truly may we call music " liv­ing, breathing architecture." Governed by as perfect laws of harmony and proportion, it has, besides, a principle of life which even architecture, painting, or sculpture can not have. A perfect completed poem that lacks no touch from the master-hand that created it, a wonder of harmony and melody so perfect in form and beauty that a note added or withdrawn would mar its loveliness, may live anew, be anew created by the genius of the interpreter. It is infi­nite in its meaning, infinite in its suggestions, infinite in its glimpses of heavenly truth and beauty.— Gray.
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S. Nelson. Reginald Heber.

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