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Excerpt from Friends' Intelligencer, Vol. 25: Edited and Published by an Association of Friends; March 7, 1868 to February 27, 1869
Whatever can be said against instrumental music, may with equal propriety be advanced against. Singing. Indeed, Friends have a stronger objection, if possible, says Clarkson, in his Portraiture, vol. I. P. 35, to vocal than to instrumental music. Vocal music consists of songs or of words musically ex pressed by the human voice: words are the representatives of ideas, and 'as far as these ideas are pure or otherwise, so far may vocab music be rendered innocent or immoral. If the words in any song be in themselves unchaste - if they inculcate false honor - if they lead to false opinions - if they suggest sentiments that have a tendency to produce depraved feelings, then vocal music, by which these are conveyed in pleasing accents to the ear, becomes a destroyer of morals, and cannot therefore be encouraged by any who consider purity of heart as required by the Christian religion.
The human mind, when once allured from the path of humility, finds) its desires to become stronger and stronger, and music being highly fascinating in its nature, is apt to take reason captive, and lead it into the wilderness, in despite of the convictions of the still small voice; hence the importance of carefully watching every propensity, and checking the desire before it takes root in our affections.
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