Music as She is Executed.
Attending service not long ago in an elegant church edifice where they worship God with taste in a highly teathetic manner, the choir began that Soriptural poem that compares Solomon with the lilies of the field, somewhat to the former's disadvantage. Although never possessing a great admiration for Solomon, still a pang of pity for him was left when the choir, after expressing unbounded admiration for the lilies of the field, which it is doubtful if they ever observed very closely, began to tell the congregation, through the mouth of the soprano, " that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed." Straightway the soprano was reinforced by the bass, who declared that Solomon was most decidedly and emphatically not arrayed—was not arrayed. Then the alto ventured it as her opinion that Solomon was not arrayed, when the tenor, -witbouta.moment'shesita.tion.asif ithadbeen officially announced, proclaimed that " he was not arrayed." Then, when the feelings of the congregation had been harrowed up sufficiently, and our sympathies all aroused for poor Solomon, whose numerouc wives allowed him to go about in such a fashion even in that climate, tho choir altogether, in a most cool and composed manner, informed us that the idea they intended to convey was that Solomon in all hia glory was not arrayed "like one of these." These what? Bo long a time had elapsed Bince they sang of the lilies that the thread was entirely lost, and by "these" one naturally concluded that the choir was designated ! Arrayed like one of these ? We should think not, indeed ! Solomon in a Prince Albert or cutaway coat? Soloman with an eyeglass and moustache, his hair out pompadour? No, most decidedly. Solomon in the very zenith of his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Despite the experience of the morning, the hope still remained that in the evening a Bacred song might be sung in a manner that would not excite our risibilities, or leave the impression that we had been listening to a case of blackmail. But again off started the nimble sopran* with the very laudable though rather startling announcement "I will wash." Straightway the alto, not to be outdone, declared she would wash. And tbe tenor, finding it to be the thing, warbled forth that he would wash. Then the deepchested basso, as though calling up all his fortitude for the plunge, bellowed forth the stern resolve that he also would wash. Next a short interlude on the organ, strongly suggestive of escaping steam or splash of the waves, after which tho choir individually and collectively asserted the firm, unshaken resolve that they would wash. At last they solved the problem that they proposed te " Wash their hands in innocency, so will the altar of the Lord be compassed."—Exchange.
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Music as She is Executed., Evening Star, Issue 7968, 25 July 1889
Music as She is Executed. Evening Star, Issue 7968, 25 July 1889
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