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The Sources & Factors Influential In Forming America's Music.

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The National Music of America. 21
of the tunes with its "giving out," and in­terludes as performed in England in the Protestant churches of the seventeenth century.
Before dismissing the Lutheran influence from our consideration, it may be permitted to give a translation of a poem in praise of music, which Luther wrote as an introduction to a little book entitled " Lob und Preis der loeblichen Kunst Musica. By H. Johann Walter, Wittenberg, 1538. With a poetical introduction by Dr. Luther." The poem seems scarcely known to some of the biog­raphers of Luther, yet is important as showing the musical creed of the re­former.
" Of all earth's joys inviting, Not one is more delighting Than that which lies in singing, When tender tones are ringing. All guilt and care most quickly flies When tones of singing sweetly rise.
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