Addressing our Creator, the poet marvels at the order with which he has “tuned” the heavens and the earth:
Thou tun’st this World below, the Spheres above,
Who in the Heavenly Round to their own Music move.
For his part, the composer demonstrates the ability of music, fashioned by a creature made in the image of his Maker, to echo that cosmic harmony.
Here on earth, the more sinful members of mankind (including members of our very selves) are wont to disrupt the concert with their incongruous noise.
But, just as the “warbling lute” “must be forced to yield” to that “wondrous machine,” the organ, so too are such disruptions subsumed in the Heavenly Round of the Eternal Musician.
And the show goes on!
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