Friday, November 01, 2013

A shadowed lesson of the whole world

This, from Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne, is printed at the front of the Schirmer's Library edition of The Goldberg Variations:
There is something in it of divinity more than the ear discovers: it is an Hieroglyphical and shadowed lesson of the whole world, and creatures of God; such a melody to the ear, as the whole World, well understood, would afford the understanding. In brief, it is a sensible fit of that harmony which intellectually sounds in the ears of God.

1 comment:

Kevin Faulkner said...

A quote a bit out of context to flow of original prose as 'something in it' refers to what Browne has been discussing for a whole paragraph , music and its properties.