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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
James Usher
  Music is a language directed to the passions; but the rudest passions put on a new nature and become pleasing in harmony.  1
  Music wraps us in melancholy, and elevates in joy.  2
  The most elevated sensation of music arises from a confused perception of ideal or visionary beauty and rapture, which is sufficiently perceivable to fire the imagination, but not clear enough to become an object of knowledge.  3
  The noblest charms of music, though real and affecting, seem too confused and fluid to be collected into a distinct idea. Harmony is always understood by the crowd, and almost always mistaken by musicians.  4

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