Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


There is a sadness in sweet sound
That quickens tears.
Aldrich.—Two Songs from the Persian.

Music cleanses the understanding, inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.
Henry Ward Beecher.—Sermons, “Plymouth Pulpit,” Second Series: The Right and the Wrong Way of Giving Pleasure.

The deep-toned music thundered down the nave
Gathering the thankfulness of every soul
Into itself, and swept aloft of God.
Samuel W. Duffield.—Warp and Woof: Leyden.

Music may be divine, but its living is its dying. It gushes and is drunk up by the thirsty silences.
J. G. Holland.—Plain Talks on Familiar Subjects: Art and Life.

Sweet Music! sacred tongue of God.
Charles G. Leland.—The Music-Lesson of Confucius.

Sweetest the strain when in the song
The singer has been lost.
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.—The Poet and the Poem.

Music waves eternal wands,—
Enchantress of the souls of mortals.
Stedman.—Pan in Wall Street, Stanza 10.

It flowed like liquid pearl through golden cells,
It jangles like a string of golden bells,
It trembled like a wind in golden strings,
It dropped and rolled away in golden rings,
Then it divided and became a shout,
That Echo chased about,
However wild and fleet,
Until it trod upon its heels with flying feet.
Stoddard.—To a Celebrated Singer.