South, Robert. Musica Incantans Sive Poema Experimens Musicae Vires, Juvenam in Insaniam adigentis, Et Musici inde Periculum. Oxford: William Hall for G. West, 1667. 4to. [2],19,[1]p. Loose as issued with original sewing, stains, edgewear, uncut. Second edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $350.00

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    South (1634-1716), a man of strong prejudices and warm attachments, was never a self-seeker, and, when he changed his attitude, followed what appeared to be the dictates of commonsense. His use of humour in the pulpit suggested to Tillotson a want of seriousness in his character. Yet no preacher was more direct in his dealing with the vices of the age, no court preacher more homely in his appeals. His humour has a native breadth and freshness. Like Fuller's pleasant turns, it always illuminates his subject; but, unlike Fuller's conceits, it does not cloy. "A hexamater poem, regarded at the time as correct and elegant, which describes the story of a lutanist, who has driven a youth to insanity and death by his celestial harmony. He was indicted for homicide, and here triumphantly vindicates himself: the accuser's speech is also given."

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