A Defence of Poetry, Music, and Stage-Plays (1853)

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byThomas Lodge

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...I wyll not deale by reason of philosophye wyth you for that confound your sences, but I can assure you this one thinge, that this principle will make the wiser to mislike your inuention. It had bene a fitter jest for your howlet in your Playe, then an ornament in your booke: but since you wrote of Abuses we may licence you to lye a little, so the abuse will be more manifest. Lord, with how goodly a cote haue you clothed your conceiptes, you abound in storyes but impertinent, they bewray your reeding but not your wisedom; would God they had bin well aplyed. But now I must play the Musitian right nolesse buggs now come in place but pauions and mesures, dumps and fancies; and here growes a great question, What musick Homer used in curing the diseased Gretians? It was no dump you say, and so think I, for that is not apliable to sick men, for it fauoreth Malancholie. I am sure, it was no mesure, for in those days they were not such good dansers; for soth then what was it? If you require me, if you name me the instrument, I wyl tel you what was the musik. Mean while a God's name, let us both dout, that it is no part of our saluation to know what it was, nor how it went? when I speak wyth Homer next, you shall knowe his answere. But you can not be content to erre, but you must maintain it to. Pithagoras, you say, alowes not that Musik is decerned by eares, but hee wisheth us to assend unto the sky, and marke that harmony. Surely thys is but one doctors opinion (yet I dislike not of it) but to speake my conscience, mythinkes Musike best pleaseth me when I heare it, for otherwise the catterwalling of Cats, were it not for harmonie, should more delight mine eies than the tunable voyces of men. But these things are not the chiefest poynts you shote...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...I wyll not deale by reason of philosophye wyth you for that confound your sences, but I can assure you this one...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217908373

ISBN - 13:9780217908375

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