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TO THE FIFTH VOLUME.
In spite of the satirist's assertion, that
“ next to singing, the most foolish thing Is gravely to harangue on what we sing,".
I shall yet venture to prefix to this Volume a few introductory pages, not relating so much to the Songs which it contains as to my own thoughts and recollections respecting songwriting in general.
The close alliance known to have existed between poetry and music, during the infancy of both these arts, has sometimes led to the conclusion that they are essentially kindred to each other, and that the true poet ought to be, if not practically, at least in taste and ear, a mu
sician. That such was the case in the early
* The following is a specimen of these memorandums, as given by Foscolo: “I must make these two verses over again, singing them, and I must transpose them -- 3 o'clock, A. M. 19th October.” Frequently to sonnets of that time such notices as the following were prefixed :- - Intonatum per
FranScriptor dedit sonum.