This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original
book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...repetition.1 The figures, to
the preconceived ideas of an Earthite on the subject, would appear
strange indeed, but to me, with a new comprehension of things
suited to the state of my being, they were overpowering in their
effects upon the mind and senses. As the music from unseen sources
burst forth in delicious harmony, groups composed of two, four, and
six couples advanced from the throng into the centre of the hall,
and scarcely moving from one spot, they moved their supple limbs in
every conceivable form of grace, now suggestive of tenderness, now
mirth, now devotion, and indeed of every sentiment connected with
intellectuality and the most chaste refinement.2 It was quite
impossible 1 "Wliat " exclaims some cynic, "did the Prince receive
his guests on the spot where he had dined?" but remember, O Zoilus
the banquet was composed of delicate perfumes distilled from the
daintiest flowers of the Sun. 1 Some half century ago one Thoinot
Arbeau, a dancingmaster of Paris, gave an "orchesography," wherein
all the steps and motions of a dance were written or noted down, as
the sounds of a song are scored in music. 2 An excellent
description of the various dances amongst the ancients will be
found in Yonge's "Athenseus" (b. xiv. p. 1004 to 1008). Amongst the
lonians was a figure called the Scops, intending to represent
people looking out from a dis to mistake the thesis suggested by
the exquisite evolutions they performed, for they were so eloquent,
so chastened, and so perfectly in accordance with the sentiment of
the accompanying strains, that each person might have been supposed
to represent the spirit of melody moving to the impulses and
harmonies of his own soul. It is utterly impossible to convey...
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