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How her fingers went when they moved by note
  Through measures fine, as she marched them o'er
    The yielding plank of the ivory floor.
      - Benjamin Franklin Taylor,
        Songs of Yesterday--How the Brook Went to Mill
         (st. 3)

Some of the fathers went so far as to esteem the love of music a sign of predestination; as a thing divine, and reserved for the felicities of heaven itself.
      - Sir William Temple

Music, which gentler on the spirit lies than tired eyelids upon tired eyes.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

It is the little rift within the lute
  That by and by will make the music mute,
    And ever widening slowly silence all.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Idylls of the King--Merlin and Vivien
         (l. 393)

Music that brings sweet sleep down from the blissful skies.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        The Lotos Eaters--Choric Song (st. 1)

Music that gentlier on the spirit lies
  Than tir'd eyelids upon tir'd eyes.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        The Lotos Eaters--Choric Song (st. 1)

When I hear music I fear no danger, I am invulnerable, I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
      - Henry David Thoreau

I worry that the person who thought up musak may be thinking up something else.
      - Lily Tomlin

Explain it as we may, a martial strain will urge a man into the front rank of battle sooner than an argument, and a fine anthem excite his devotion more certainly than a logical discourse.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

Without the definiteness of sculpture and painting, music is, for that very reason, far more suggestive. Like Milton's Eve, an outline, an impulse, is furnished, and the imagination does the rest.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

Music so softens and disarms the mind
  That not an arrow does resistance find.
      - Edmund Waller

Had I children, my utmost endeavors would be to make them musicians.
      - Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

Lord, what music hast thou provided for Thy saints in heaven, when Thou affordest bad men such music on earth!
      - Izaak Walton

I can't sing. As a singist I am not a success. I am saddest when I sing. So are those who hear me. They are sadder even than I am.
      - Artemus Ward (pseudonym of Charles Farrar Browne),

Strange! that a harp of thousand strings
  Should keep in tune so long.
      - Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs
         (bk. II, 19)

All music is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments.
      - Walt Whitman

And with a secret pain,
  And smiles that seem akin to tears,
    We hear the wild refrain.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, At Port Royal

I'm the sweetest sound in orchestra heard
  Yet in orchestra never have been.
      - Dr. Samuel Wilberforce, Riddle
         (first lines)

Her ivory hands on the ivory keys
  Strayed in a fitful fantasy,
    Like the silver gleam when the poplar trees
      Rustle their pale leaves listlessly
        Or the drifting foam of a restless sea
          When the waves show their teeth in the flying breeze.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        In the Gold Room--A Harmony

A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors.
      - Colin Wilson

What fairy-like music steals over the sea,
  Entrancing our senses with charmed melody?
      - Mrs. Margaret C.B. Wilson,
        What Fairy-like Music

Bright gem instinct with music, vocal spark.
      - William Wordsworth, A Morning Exercise

Where music dwells
  Lingering, and wandering on as loth to die;
    Like thoughts whose very sweetness yieldeth proof
      That they were born for immortality.
      - William Wordsworth, Ecclesiastical Sonnets
         (pt. III, 63, Inside of King's Chapel, Cambridge)

Soft is the music that would charm forever:
  The flower of sweetest smell is shy and lowly.
      - William Wordsworth, Not Love, Not War

Sweetest melodies
  Are those that are by distance made more sweet.
      - William Wordsworth, Personal Talk (st. 2)

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