“How silver sweet sound lovers’ tongues by night,
Like softest music to attending ears!”
(Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2)
Tips for Use. You may drop the line in passing, especially if she said something nice. Not everyone held the same idea on the matter. In “The Anatomie of Abuse”, Philip Stubbes (1583-1591) writes, “I say of Musick as Plato, Aristotle, Galen and many others haue said of it: that it is very il for young heds, for a certaine kinde of nice, smoothe sweetness in alluring the auditorie to effeminacie, pusillanimity, and lothsomnes of life… and made apt to all wantonness and sinne. And therefore Writers affirme Sappho to haue been expert in musick, and therefore whorish.”
Others were unaffected by music and therefore, probably could not perceive the association or the analogy implied in the topic Shakespeare’s lines. William Seward (1747-1799) observed the following of Dr. Johnson, “
Dr. Johnson was observed by the musical friend of his and to be extremely inattentive at a concert, whilst a celebrate solo player was running up the divisions and subdivisions of notes upon his violin. His a friend, to induce him to take greater notice of what was going on, told him how extremely difficult it was. “Difficult do you call it, Sir?”, replied the Doctor; “I wish it where impossibile.”
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In the play. Romeo and Juliet (she on the balcony, he down in the garden) just cannot let go of each other.
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