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attending the Temple Service, where instrumental Music was constantly made use of; and he never, upon any Occasion, forbid the Use of Instruments in religious Worship, which he certainly ought to have done, had such a Method of praising and worshipping God been inconsistent with the Purity and Spirituality of the Gospel Dispensation. Nay, the New Testament itself being Judge, instrumental Music is so far from being inconsistent with the spiritual and reasonable Service of the Gospel, that it is made use of in the more spiritual, rational, and refined Songs and Worship of Angels.
And when he had taken the Book, the four Beasts, and four and twenty Elders, fell down before the Lamb, having Every one of them Harps, unit golden Vials full of Ocours, which are the Prayers of Saints. And they sung a nera
Gong, saying, Thou art worthy to take the Book, and to open the Seals thereof: for thou walt sain, and baft redeemed us to God by thy. Blood, out of every Kindred, and Tongue, and People; and Nation; and baft made us unto our God Kings and Priests: And we fall reign on the Eartb. Rev. 5. 8, 9,
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb l'eod on the Mount Sion, and with kim an bundred forty and four Thousand, baving bis Father's Name writ:en in their Forekeads. And I beard a Voice from Heavin, as the Voice of many Waters, and as the Voice of a great Ikunder: And I heard the Voice of Harpers bar ping with their Earps: And they Jung as it were a new Song before the 7 krone, and before the four Beasts and the Elders : And no Man could learn that Song, but the hundred and forty and four Ikoufand, wbicb
Avere redeemed from the Earth. Rev. 14. ), 2, 3
Imitating these fine passages, our Milton has thus nobly represented those harmonious Beings.
66 Then crown d again, their golden Harps
(they took, Harps ever tun'd, that glitt'ring by their Side “Like Quivers hung, and with Preamble sweet “Of charming Symphony they introduce “ T'he sacred Song, and waken Raptures high: “ No one exempt, no Voice but wellcouldjoin “Melodious Part; such Concord is in Heav'n."
The Christians in the first Ages of the Church are full in their Rea commendation of divine Harmony.
Is any merry? Let him fing PSALMS.
St. James. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all W'isdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms, and Hymns, and SPIRITUAL SONGS,
finging with Grace in your Hearts to the Lord.
St. Paul to the Colossians. Speaking to yourselves in Psalms and Hymns and SPIRITUAL SONGS, finging and making Melody in
your Heart to the Lord.
St. Paul to the Ephesians. I will fing with the Spirit, and I will fing with the Understanding also.
St. Paul to the Corinthians. And when Christ and his Apostles bad sung an HYMN, they went out into the Mount of Olives.
« The Christians used on a set “ folemn Day, to meet together be“ fore Sun-rising, and to sing among
themselves an HYMN to “ Chrift, as God."
Pliny to Trajan. с
This Evidence is abundantly fufficient to satisfy serious and candid Christians that there is no Impropriety in our making use of Hymns as well as. Plalms in our religious Adoration of almighty God.
Some glonmy Beings indeed there are, who explode all Music, vocal and inftrumental. What fuch Perfons mean to make of themfelves when they arrive at Heaven, where there is an eternal Hallelujah, sung in full Chorus before the Throne of God, I leave them to confider. At present however, I think the strong Sentimert of Shakespear, with a little Softning, is not unapplicable:
“ The Man that hath no Mufie in himself, “Nor is not mov'd with Concord of sweet
Sounds, “Is fit for Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils; " The Votions of his Spirit are dull as Night, “ And his Affections dark as Erebus: " Let no such Man be trusted."