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Chapter 19. Next he reproaches them with their luxury in seeking pleasure for the sense ofà

19. Next he reproaches them with their luxury in seeking pleasure for the sense of hearing. And here, when he had said, |Ye who chant to the sound of the viol,| seeing that wise men may practice music wisely, he, with wonderful skill of speech, checks the flow of his invective, and not now speaking to, but of, these men, and to show us that we must distinguish the music of the wise from the music of the voluptuary, he does not say, |Ye who chant to the sound of the viol, and think that ye have instruments of music like David;| but he first addresses to themselves what it is right the voluptuaries should hear, |Ye who chant to the sound of the viol;| and then, turning to others, he intimates that these men have not even skill in their art: |they thought that they had instruments of music like David; drinking wine in bowls, and anointing themselves with the costliest ointment.| These three clauses are best pronounced when the voice is suspended on the first two members of the period, and comes to a pause on the third.

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