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SONGS
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[ Also see Art Ballads Music Poetry Poets Singing Voice ]

Everything ends with songs.
  [Fr., Tout finit par des chansons.]
      - Pierre Auguste Caron de Beaumarchais,
        Mariage de Figaro (end)

Sing a song of sixpence.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Bonduca (act V, sc. 2)

I cannot sing the old songs
  Though well I know the tune,
    Familiar as a cradle-song
      With sleep-compelling croon;
        Yet though I'm filled with music,
          As choirs of summer birds,
            "I cannot sing the old songs"--
              I do not know the words.
      - Robert Jones Burdette, Songs Without Words

All this for a song.
      - Lord William Cecil Burghley (Burleigh), 1st Baron Burghley,
        to Queen Elizabeth I when ordered to give 10 pounds to Spenser

That music in itself, whose sounds are song,
  The poetry of speech.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

I can not sing the old songs now!
  It is not that I deem them low,
    'Tis that I can't remember how
      They go.
      - Charles Stuart Calverley, Changed

Little dew-drops of celestial melody.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Unlike my subject, I will make my song.
  It shall be witty, and it shan't be long.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope,
        Preface to Letters (vol. 1)

A song of hate is a song of Hell;
  Some there be who sing it well.
    Let them sing it loud and long,
      We lift our hearts in a loftier song:
        We life our hearts to Heaven above,
          Singing the glory of her we love,
            England.
      - Helen Gray Cone, Chant of Love for England

And heaven had wanted one immortal song.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 197)

Verse sweetens toil, however rude the sound;
  She feels no biting pang the while she sings,
    Nor as she turns the giddy wheel around,
      Revolves the sad vicissitudes of things.
      - William Gifford, Contemplation

A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.
      - Henry Giles

Song is the tone of feeling. * * * If song, however, be the tone of feeling, what is beautiful singing? The balance of feeling, not the absence of it.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

Although music appeals simply to the emotions, and represents no definite images in itself, we are justified in using any language which may serve to convey to others our musical expressions. Words will often pave the way for the more subtle operations of music, and unlock the treasures which sound alone can rifle, and hence the eternal popularity of song.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

What is the voice of song, when the world lacks the ear to taste?
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The fineness which a hymn or psalm affords,
  Is when the soul unto the lines accords.
      - George Herbert

Every modulated sound is not a song, and every voice that executes a beautiful air does not sing. Singing should enchant. But to produce this effect there must be a quality of soul and voice which is by no means common even with great singers.
      - Joseph Joubert

He play'd an ancient ditty long since mute,
  In Provence call'd, "La belle dame sans merci."
      - John Keats (1), The Eve of St. Agnes
         (st. 33),
        "La Belle Dame, sans Merci" is a poem written by Alain Chartier

We are tenting tonight on the old camp ground,
  Give us a song to cheer.
      - Walter Kittridge,
        Tenting on the Old Camp Ground

In the ink of our sweat we will find it yet,
  The song that is fit for men!
      - Frederic Lawrence Knowles

The song on its mighty pinions
  Took every living soul, and lifted it gently to heaven.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Children of the Lord's Supper (l. 44)

Listen to that song, and learn it!
  Half my kingdom would I give,
    As I live,
      If by such songs you would earn it.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Tales of a Wayside Inn
         (pt. I, The Musician's Tale, The Saga of King Olaf, pt. V)

Such songs have power to quiet
  The restless pulse of care,
    And come like the benediction
      That follows after prayer.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Day is Done (st. 9)

And grant that when I face the grisly Thing,
  My song may trumptet down the gray Perhaps
    Let me be as a tune-swept fiddlestring
      That feels the Master Melody--and snaps.
      - John Gneisenau Neihardt,
        Let me live out my Years

The song that we hear with our ears is only the song that is sung in our hearts.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)


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