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THE LAWFULNESS, EXCELLENCY, AND ADVANTAGE OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSICK IN THE PUBLICK WORSHIP OF GOD URG'D AND ENFORC'D...
Philadelphia: Printed and sold by William Dunlap, 1763. [2],38pp. Half title. Small octavo. Antique-style three-quarter calf and marbled boards, leather label. Titlepage trimmed close at foredge, touching five letters in the title and imprint. Light foxing and an old dampstain in gutter of most pages, but overall very good. With the bookplate of Cyrus Hall McCormick, descendant of the inventor of the reaper, on the front pastedown. Shipton & Mooney attribute this anonymous work to Francis Hopkinson, though the DAB credits James Lyon with authorship. Hopkinson may have been responsible for a satirical "second edition." James Lyon was a Presbyterian minister and hymnalist who spent most of his career preaching in Nova Scotia and present-day Maine. An ardent patriot, he corresponded during the Revolution with George Washington regarding the feasibility of an attack on Nova Scotia. This text urges Presbyterians to drop their hostility to instrumental music, citing Biblical passages and the views of important figures in the history of the faith. Lyon is, at times, strenuous in his argument: "Stupid, therefore, beyond all Possibility of Excuse, must those groveling Souls be, who cannot hence learn the Lawfulness and divine Approbation of Instrumental Musick!" NAIP locates only nine copies. Scarce. EVANS 9424. NAIP w013382. HILDEBURN 1906. DAB XI, p.530.
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