Music, and the Art of dress, 2 essays [by E. Eastlake]. (Google eBook)

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Page 44 - For if such holy song Enwrap our fancy long, Time will run back, and fetch the age of gold; And speckled vanity Will sicken soon and die, And leprous sin will melt from earthly mould; And Hell itself will pass away, And leave her dolorous mansions to the peering day.
Page 55 - Universe from their several stations, there was nothing in the Heavens above, or the earth beneath, or the waters under the earth...
Page 14 - By the eternal mind's poetic thought. Water and air he for the tenor chose, Earth made the bass, the treble flame arose, To th' active moon a quick brisk stroke he gave To Saturn's string a touch more soft and grave.
Page 68 - With their habitual delicacy of mind, and reserve of manner, dress becomes a sort of symbolical language — a kind of personal glossary — a species of body phrenology, the study of which it would be madness to neglect. Will Honeycomb says that he can tell the humour a woman is in by the colour of her hood. We go farther, and maintain that, to a proficient in the science, every woman walks about with a placard on which her leading qualities are advertised. If, for instance, you meet one, no matter...
Page 9 - We can only make her a means of harm when we add speech to sound. It is only by a marriage with words that she can become a minister of evil. An instrument which is music, and music alone, enjoys the glorious disability of expressing a single vicious idea, or of inspiring a single corrupt thought.
Page 48 - ... of the natural key, or the happy, fearless, youthful brightness of the key of G, or the soft luxuriant complaint, yet loving its sorrow, of A flat. He knows whether he requires the character of triumphant praise given by two sharps, as in the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel, or the Sanctus and Hosanna of Mozart's Requiem ; or the wild demoniacal defiance of C minor, as in the allegro of the...
Page 8 - These we may let lie buried for years — they never moulder in the grave — they come back as fresh as ever, yet showing the depth at which they have lain by the secret associations of ' joy or sorrow they bring with them. There is no such a pitiless invoker of the ghosts of the past as one bar of a melody that has been connected with them. There is no such a sigh escapes from the heart as that which follows in the train of some musical reminiscence. With all this array of natural advantages —...
Page 46 - I felt myself so penetrated with religious feeling, that, before I sat down to the piano-forte, I prayed to God with earnestness, that he would enable me to praise him worthily.
Page 49 - He knows what he is to choose for anxious fears, or lovers' entreaties, or songs of liberty, or dead marches, or any occasion, in short, which lies within the province of music — though exceptions to these rules must occur to every amateur, in which the intense feeling of the composer seems to triumph over the natural expression of the key. That most...
Page 85 - ... figure attempt large patterns, nor a bad walker flounces — nor a short throat carry feathers, nor high shoulders a shawl — and so on. But, as we have just said, every woman in the world may wear a plain straw hat. Enough has been said now to show that the general elements of female costume were, upon the whole, never more free from the reproach of artificiality or disguise, or more adapted to give full scope to the natural charms of youth and beauty.

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