Saturday morning quote #10
Our Saturday quote is attributed to one of our favorite poets, Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585) and is excerpted from the dedication found in his Livre des mélanges, 1560. The collection was dedicated to the 16 year-old François II, husband of Mary Queen of Scots. François died that same year, leaving the likewise very young Mary an unfortunate widow, necessitating her return to Scotland.
The quote establishes a theme, later touched upon by Shakespeare, that the person who appreciates music is truly fair and balanced.
For he, Sire, that hearing the sweet accord of instruments or the sweetness of the natural voice feels no joy and no agitation and is not thrilled from head to foot, as being delightfully rapt and somehow carried out of himself – ’tis the sign of one whose soul is tortuous, vicious, and depraved, and of whom one should beware as not fortunately born. For how could one be in accord with a man who by nature hates accord? He is unworthy to behold the sweet light of the sun who does not honor music as being a small part of that which, as Plato says, so harmoniously animates the whole great universe. Contrariwise, he who does honor and reverence to music is commonly a man of worth, sound of soul, by nature loving things lofty, philosophy, the conduct of affairs of State, the tasks of war, and in brief, in all honorable offices he ever shows the sparks of his virtue.