Music! it is the breath of second Birth,
The Saints Employment and the Angels Mirth;
The Rhetorick of Seraphims; a Gem
in the Kings Crown of new Jerusalem:
They sing continually; the Exposition
must needs infer, there is no Intermission.
I hear, some Men hate Music; Let them show
in holy Writ what else the Angels do:
Then those that do despise such sacred Mirth
Are neither fit for Heaven, nor for Earth.
—”To All Lovers of Harmony,” prefixed to A Compendium: or, Introduction to Practical Music, by Christopher Sympson.