I Am Music
I am Music, most ancient of the arts. ] I am more than ancient; I am eternal. ] Even before life commenced upon this earth, I was here ~ in the winds and in the waves. ] When the trees and flowers and grasses appeared, I was among them. ] And when Man came, I at once became the most delicate, most subtle, and most powerful medium for the expression of his emotions. ] When humans were a little better than beasts, I influenced them for their good. ] In all ages I have inspired people with hope, kindled their love, given voice to their joy, cheered them on to valorous deeds, and soothed them in time of despair. ] I have played a great part in the drama of Life, whose end and purpose is the complete perfection of Man's nature. ] Through my influence human nature has been uplifted, sweetened and refined. ] With the aid of men I have become a Fine Art. ] From Tubalcain to Thomas Edison a long line of the brightest minds have devoted themselves to the perfection of instruments through which people can utilize my powers and enjoy my charms. ] I have myriads of voices and instruments. ] I am in the heart of all, on their tongues, in all lands among all people; the ignorant and unlettered know me, not less than the rich and learned. ] For I speak to all, in a language all understand. Even the deaf hear me; if they but listen to the voices of their own souls. ] I am the food of love. ] I have taught gentleness and peace; and have led people on to heroic deeds. ] I comfort the lonely, and harmonize the discord of crowds. ] I am a necessary luxury to all. ] I am MUSIC.
- Allan C. Inman