Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Opus 2012-41, Immortal Quotes: Music Soothes the Savage Beast

As I was reflecting on Proverbs 25:20 at my daily worship blog, Perpetual Proverbs, a quote came to mind,
“Music soothes the savage beast.” 
I did a little research and found I had it wrong.  The actual quote goes like this:
"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak."
It is from a play by William Congreve, written in 1697.  The idea of course, is that music can calm us down.  Congreve waxes poetic and talks about rocks getting soft.  I don’t know if I would go that far, but you know how poets are.  Considering that a soprano singing the right note with enough power can cause crystal to shatter it may be that the poets have been doing scientific experiments at their day jobs. 

If you want the entire stanza from the play you can read it here.

homo unius libri


  1. Thanks for the link. I found the verse using "a woman scorned" interesting, also.

  2. It is amazing how often I forget how easy it is to find things on the internet. When we look the other way and congress manages to sneak in more control it will really change things. Maybe we will go back to books.

    Grace and peace.


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