Hermaia; A Study in Comparative Esthetics

Hermaia; A Study in Comparative Esthetics

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ... panoply of a self-centred and impenetrable bigotry. The truth is, however, that only when the musical spirit of gentle love and sweet forbearance have fled the human heart, does religion utterly deny itself. But again, --and perhaps of more serious import; both music and religion are prone to the extremes of a nerveless reverie and a riot of feeling wherein is lost the health of a sane self-possession, and the even balance of the soul is too often destroyed. Still the musical and religious ideals are assuredly both sanity of spirit and harmony of being. Nevertheless, the dangers of mysticism are only what we should expect, since here we tread the dizzy heights of mountain-splendours, and any declension is disastrously precipitant; even as the philo-musical are in touch with exactly such feeling-forces as are liable to saddest perversion. For it is the highest that has the farthest to fall; and the corruption of the best is the worst. Finally, it has been argued that overmuch hearing of music, as well as recurrent states of ecstatic alienation, tends to the weakening of the will. And of certain kinds of music this is only too true. So, though we may feel it good to be there, it is perhaps wise not to dwell too long on the mount of transfiguration. Still all good things, by reason of their very nature, are capable of perversion, and so neurotic music has as much to do with the truth of art as the incoherent babblings of the hysterical devotee has to do with sober-minded religion. Nor should we condemn other arts because of pestiferous poems and prurient pictures. CHAPTER XXVI MUSIC AS THE EXPRESSION OF RELIGION We are beginning to see that true religion is not the immediate progeny of the intellect, but rather the offspring of the heart. Hence..show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236651375
  • 9781236651372