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Music of the Voice.—I remember listening, in the midst of a crowd, many years ago, to the voice of a girl,—a mere child of sixteen summers,—till I was bewildered. She was a pure, high-hearted, im­passioned creature, without the least knowledge of the world or her peculiar gift; but her own thoughts had wrought upon her like the hush of a sanctuary, and she spoke low, as if with an unconscious awe. I could never trifle in her presence. My nonsense seemed altogether out of place; and my practised assurance forsook me utterly. She is changed now. She has been admired, and has found out her beauty; and the music of her tone is gone! she will recover it by-and-by, when the delirium of the world is over, and she begins to rely once more upon her own thoughts for company; but her extravagant spirits
have broken over the thrilling timidity of her child­hood, and the beautiful charm is unwound.— Willis. " Lead, Kindly Light."—Dr. John H. Newman very early mastered music as a science, and attained such a proficiency on the violin that, had he not be­come a doctor of the church he would have been a Paganini. At the age of twelve he composed an opera. He wrote in albums, improvised masques and idyls, and only they who see no poetry in " Lead, Kindly Light" or the "Dream of Gerontius," will deny that the divine gift entered into his birthright. He wrote this famous hymn, now sung in all our churches, in 1832, when, returning from his Mediter­ranean trip in an orange boat, he was becalmed for some days in the straits of Bonifacio, within sight of Caprera, since known as Garibaldi's island home.
Chas. Swain.

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