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Music is one of the best of arts. The notes make the words living. Music drives away the spirit of sad­ness, as we see by King Saul. Music is the best rec­reation for sad men; thereby, the heart becomes con­tented, refreshed, and restored. Music makes a man more tender and sweet-natured, more moral and rea­sonable. I love music at all times. A man who knows this art is qualified for all good things. It is necessary to keep music in schools. I do not look at
a school-teacher who can not sing. I would not part with my little music for great riches. Singing is the best art and training. Dear, sing me a song as David did when playing his harp. Music is a gift and a dona­tion of the Lord, and not from men. It drives away the devil, and makes people merry; they forget anger, im­purity, pride and other vices. And we see how David and all other saints have put their pious thoughts into poems and songs. — Martin Luther, Dec. 18, 1538.
" Wachet Auf." Philip Nicolai, 1599.

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