I am MUSIC, most ancient of the arts. Even before life commenced upon this earth, I was here in the winds and waves. When the first trees and flowers and grasses appeared, I was among them.

And when Man came, I at once became the most delicate, most subtle, and most powerful medium for the expression of Man's emotions.

When men were little better than beasts, I influenced them for their good.

I have played a great part in the drama of Life, whose end and purpose is the complete perfection of Man's nature. Through my influence human nature has been uplifted, sweetened and refined.

With the aid of men, I have become a Fine Art. From Jubalcain to Thomas Edison a long line of the brightest minds have devoted themselves to the perfection of instruments through which men may utilize my powers and enjoy my charms.

I have myriads of voices and instruments. I am in the hearts of all men and on their tongues, in all lands and among all people: the ignorant and unlettered know me, not less than the rich and learned.

For I spleak to all men, in a language that all understand. Even the deaf hear me, if they but listen to the voices of their own souls.

I am the food of love.

I have taught men gentleness and peace: and I have led them onward to heroic deeds.

I comfort the lonely, and I harmonize the discourse of crowds.

I am a necessary luxury to all men.

by Alen C. Innman 

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