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My heart leaps at the trumpet's voice.
      - Joseph Addison

The music of the heart.
      - Mark Akenside

And after the earthquake was a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
      - Bible, I Kings (ch. XIX, v. 12)

Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
      - Bible, Job (ch. XL, v. 9)

For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. III, v. 3)

Her voice changed like a bird's:
  There grew more of the music, and less of the words.
      - Robert Browning, Flight of the Duchess
         (st. 15)

The devil hath not, in all his quiver's choice,
  An arrow for the heart like a sweet voice.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XI, st. 13)

His voice no touch of harmony admits,
  Irregularly deep, and shrill by fits.
    The two extremes appear like man and wife
      Coupled together for the sake of strife.
      - Charles Churchill, Rosciad (l. 1,003)

Her voice is soft; not shrill and like the lark's, but tenderer, graver, almost hoarse at times! As though the earnestness of love prevailed and quelled all shriller music.
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter)

Mirah's was the sort of voice that gives the impression of being meant, like a bird's wooing, for an audience near and beloved.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The voice of the people is the voice of God.
      - Hesiod

He ceased: but left so charming on their ear
  His voice, that listening still they seemed to hear.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. II, l. 414), (Pope's translation)

The voice so sweet, the words so fair,
  As some soft chime had stroked the air;
    And though the sound had parted thence,
      Still left an echo in the sense.
      - Ben Jonson, Eupheme (IV)

The voice is a human sound which nothing inanimate can perfectly imitate. It has an authority and an insinuating property which writing lacks. It is not merely so much air, but air modulated and impregnated with life.
      - Joseph Joubert

The tones of human voices mightier than strings or brass to move the soul.
      - Friedrich O. Klopstock

How often you are irresistibly drawn to a plain, unassuming woman, whose soft silvery tones render her positively attractive! In the social circle, how pleasant it is to hear a woman talk in that low key which always characterizes the true lady. In the sanctuary of home, how such a voice soothes the fretful child and cheers the weary husband!
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

Thy voice is sweet as if it took its music form thy face.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

How wonderful is the human voice! It is indeed the organ of the soul! The intellect of man sits enthroned visibly upon his forehead and in his eye; and the heart of man is written upon his countenance. But the soul reveals itself in the voice only, as God revealed himself to the prophet of old, in "the still, small voice," and in a voice from the burning bush. The soul of man is audible, not visible. A sound alone betrays the flowing of the eternal fountain, invisible to man!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The human voice is the organ of the soul.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thy voice is a celestial melody.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Oh, there is something in that voice that reaches
  The innermost recesses of my spirit!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus
         (pt. I, The Divine Tragedy, The First Passover, pt. VI)

Thy voice
  Is a celestial melody.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Masque of Pandora (pt. V)

Her silver voice
  Is the rich music of a summer bird,
    Heard in the still night, with its passionate cadence.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Spirit of Poetry (l. 55)

There is in the voice of a menaced man, who calls you, something imperious, which subdues and commands.
      - Etienne de Martignac

How sweetly sounds the voice of a good woman!
  It is so seldom heard that, when it speaks,
    It ravishes all senses.
      - Philip Massinger, The Old Law
         (act IV, sc. 2, l. 34)

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