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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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inspires the mind with religious awe. It
operates, however, often too powerfully on
weak minds, and produces more the shew
than the true spirit of religion.

It is not my intention, however, to deny
the power of music in disposing the mind
to seriousness, and adding to the very spirit
of devotion. Milton, who, we all know,
was not over fond of the external decorations
of religion as practised in the Church of
England, yet allows the power of harmony
in this respect. After describing the
studious cloister, the high embow’red roof, the
antique pillars and storied windows, casting,
as he says, a dim religious light; he adds,

“There let the pealing organ blow
To the full-voiced quire below,
In service high and anthems clear,
As may with sweetness through mine ear
Dissolve me into extasies,
And bring all heav’n before mine eyes.”

Much credit is due to this nation with
respect to the education and training up of
young people so as to render them useful
members of society. They are particularly
attentive to the education of the inferior
classes of people; for which beneficial
purpose they have instituted seminaries and

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