Soft Music

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Wherever we look in nature we are confronted with the sweetness and charms of music. Even in inanimate life we see, feel, and hear evidences of it: the whistling wind as it moves through the trees and rings out its melodies: the musical rhythm of the oceans, rivers, and streams as they perform their proper functions; the pleasant sound of the rain as it falls upon the roof, soothing and comforting with its melodious sweetness. In animal life we also find evidence of music: the steady hum of the busy little bee as he toils among the flowers; the songs of the birds as they skip from branch to branch in the trees and warble their little melodious notes of cheer.

Ruth Denson Edwards, introduction to The Sacred Harp (1991 Edition)

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