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Of Harmony

It is my temper, and I like it the better, to affect all harmony: and sure there is musick even in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument. For there is a musick where ever there is a harmony, order, or proportion: and thus far we may maintain the music of the Sphears; for those well-ordered motions, and regular paces, though they give no sound unto the ear, yet to the understanding they strike a note most full of harmony. Whatsoever is harmonically composed delights in harmony; which makes me much distrust the symmetry of those heads which declaim against all Church-Musick. For my self, not only for my obedience, but my particular Genius, I do embrace it: for even that vulgar and Tavern-Musick, which makes one man merry, another mad, strikes in me a deep fit of devotion, and a profound contemplation of the First Composer. There is something in it of Divinity more than the ear discovers: it is an Hieroglyphical and shadowed lesson of the whole World, and creatures of GOD; such a melody to the ear, as the whole World, well understood, would afford the understanding. In brief, it is a sensible fit of that harmony which intellectually sounds in the ears of GOD.


  1、harmony:n. 融洽、和谐、协调
  2、temper:n. 性情、脾气
  3、note:n. 音符
  6、compose:v. 著、撰、组成
  7、distrust:v. 不信任
  8、symmetry:n. 对称、匀称
  9、obedience:n. 服从、顺从
  10、contemplation:n. 沉思
  11、divinity:n. 神、神性
  12、hieroglyphical:n. 象形文字
  13、melody:n. 悦耳的音调



  (高健 译)

  注:本段文字节选自Thomas Browne的名著——《一位医生的信仰》(Religio Medici)的第二章第二节。

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