The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, D.D.: With a Memoir of the Author, Volume 13

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In 1873 the complete sermons of the preacher Thomas Manton were published, and in one address he invoked the following simile about watching dancers from a distance:
… if a man riding in an
open country should see afar off men and women dancing together, and should not hear the music according to which they dance and tread out their measures, he would think them to be fools and madmen, because they appear in such various motions, and antic gestures and postures. But if he come nearer, so as to hear the musical notes, according to which they dance, and observe the regularity of the exercise, he will change his opinion of them, … 

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