Ideas of Good and Evil

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Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 58,082 / 165 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 12,684
Added to site: 2010.06.19
mnybks.net#: 28212
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Essays, Occult

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nee, her fingers passing over the strings, and has spoken to me some verses from Shelley's Skylark and Sir Ector's lamentation over the dead Launcelot out of the Morte d'Arthur and some of my own poems. Wherever the rhythm was most delicate, wherever the emotion was most ecstatic, her art was the most beautiful, and yet, although she sometimes spoke to a little tune, it was never singing, as we sing to-day, never anything but speech. A singing note, a word chanted as they chant in churches, would have spoiled everything; nor was it reciting, for she spoke to a notation as definite as that of song, using the instrument, which murmured sweetly and faintly, under the spoken sounds, to give her the changing notes. Another speaker could have repeated all her effects, except those which came from her own beautiful voice that would have given her fame if the only art that gives the speaking voice its perfect opportunity were as well known among us as it was known in the ancient world.

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