Song for Saint Cecilia's day by John Dryden
“Song for Saint Cecilia’s day” is an ode written by John Dryden for Saint Cecilia, patron of music. In these following lines we make a short abstract of it.
In this poem Dryden says that world was created from harmony and music by God: a voice was heard from the sky and told nature it was time to arise. Then cold, hot, moist and dry started to form every creature. Music can arise every passion and feeling. Also when Jubal played, his brother used to stay to worship the celestial sound.
The trumpet’s sound excites us and gives us a wonderful shrill, and the beat of the thundering drum seems to say: “Here there’s your enemy! Charge! Charge!”
The sad flute has dying notes and shares the woes of hopeless lovers.
The violin has desperation and passion in its notes. And what about the organ, that inspires holy love and whose notes seems to fly in the air?
Orpheus could make every wild beast quiet and peaceful with his music, and when Cecilia played, an angel heard her and mistook earth for heaven.
When the last hour will come, destroying everything, the trumpet will be heard, the dead men will come alive again, and those who are alive will die. And music will invade the sky.