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VOL. I. NEW-YORK, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1849. NO. 23. WM. H. CHANNING, EDITOR. O F F IC E , CLINTON H A L L . FOWLERS & WELLS, PUBLISHERS. ijpoetrg. t h e W r itten for C L E R G Y MAN’S BEST 1 the Age. 3UMENT. H e rose up ’mong his people W ith aspect undefiled, And though an earnest man he was, He looked like a simple ch ild ; For stern, hard-featured beings Sat around him in their pews, From whose rugged brows, and w rinkled eyes Distilled no kindly dew s ; Yet h e poured out his soul u n to them — And his voice rose thrillingly, As he strove to move th e ir s p irits By each strong and varied plea. “ By the love of God in Heaven, By the love of Man on earth, By the H o ly Spirit w h ispering To each m o rtal from his birth, “ By the Paradise of goodness, By the Ilell of a blasted soul,” And still a t each s tirring sentence A glance around I stole, To see if those money-makers W ere softened or subdued, If aught but the grinding love of gain Before th e ir s p irits stood. And in that glance around me An argum e n t I caught, So cogent in its simple grace, That I felt the work was wrought. W h e n first their p reacher h ad entered The church at m o rning prime, And made h is way to the pulpit ’Heath the pealing organ chime, This argum e n t had followed him, W ith noiseless steps and light, As the snow-drop follows the spring-time, In its dress of snowy w h ite : blossomed she on his rootsteps, And the rudest and roughest men As they gazed at the fair young creature Moved their lips as to say “ A m e n !” A n d bowed their heads for a blessing, As an angel had passed them by. Oh ! better than all the p reaching Was th a t living homily,! And when, a t the Benediction, She rose in her meekness there, She seemed as she stood and worshipped, Like the Form of his spoken P rayer ; And I thought when I saw the reverence That followed her parting smiles, That the soul of the old saint-worship Had not banished from our aisles ! W r itten for The Spirit of The Age. N u m b e r T h r e e . O f M ainzer’s spirit and energy the unm u sical observer has obvious demonstration. That he has a new method of communi­ cating instruction there is no doubt, but this appears to occupy in his mind only a secondary place. It is made subservient to his more im p o rtant and great object, viz. ; the employment of music, but more especially vocal music, as an instrum e n t for el­ evating the character and increasing the happiness of all class­ es of society. His method of teaching appears to be founded on three simple principles : I. To teach the pupils to read music before they learn the grammar. II. To begin w ith that which all can join in learning, and proceed step by step onwards, teaching only that which is abso­ lutely necessary at the time ; and, III. To call into exercise, from the very first, the musical taste and feelings of his pupils, so as not only to enable them to feel the force of every new idea, b a t to lend a charm to the study, sufficient to excite them to overcome difficulties when they occur. In this m a n n er we account for Mr. Mainzer’s singular suc­ cess : he has something for a ll men. To the philanthropist, he introduces music as a sweetener of life, and a substitute for grosser enjoyments ; to the divine, he exhibits music as an in­ strument o f p raise ; to the educat ionist he brings the most en­ lightened principles of instruction; for the m usician, h e advo­ cates the poetry of music ; and to the people, he offers singing for the million. f. Instead of beginning w ith the scale, and teaching the eight notes, do, ra , mi, f a , sol, la, si, do, Mr. M ainzer begins with the middle note sol, which all can sing, because jfc is the note on which we speak. If we begin by teaching the scale, the very first note is beyond the power of many uncultivated voices. This is the reason why so many think they cannot sing. All may learn to sing who can speak; but if wo begin w ith the lower do, we a re like a teacher of gymnastics, whose first exer­ cise would be to leap over a bar three feet high. II. A fter teaching sol,- Mr. M ainzer adds , the other notes above and below, one by one, as his pupils a re able to overtake th e m ; and, by a series of b eautiful but simple exercises on the two, three, or four notes, whicn they haVe already learned, they

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