Excerpt from Religious Music: Two Discourses
This reference of the apostle to instruments of music, you perceive, is a reference simply of illus tration; he is discoursing of spiritual gifts, not of music. But he touches, in the way of illustration, two points of so great religious interest, that I pro pose, this evening, to make them topics of my dis course. They are these, viz: the very wonderful fact that God has hidden powers of music in things without life and that when they are used, in right distinctions, or proprieties of sound, they discourse what we know, what meets, interprets and works our feeling, as living and spiritual creatures. Of these I shall speak in their order, only endeavoring to confine the subject, in great part, to its religious import and applications.
This world of outward being has a fixed relation to all the five senses of man and especially to the two nobler of these, the senses of sight and of sound; the senses of touch, taste and smell being applicable only to small portions Of the material world and having as much less to do with the spir itual economy Of life, as an intellectual and relig ious experience.
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