Harper's Weekly 04/27/1872


NOT SO EASILY PLAYED UPON.

U. S. G.
“Will you play upon this pipe?”
C. S.
“My lord, I can not.”
U. S. G.
“'Tis as easy as lying: govern these ventages with your fingers and thumb,
give it breath with your mouth, and it will discourse most eloquent music. Look you, these
are the stops.”

C. S.
“But these can not I command to any utterance of harmony; I have not the skill.”
U. S. G.
“Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me! You would play
upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery;
you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass
: and there is much music,
excellent voice, in this little organ; yet can not you make it speak. Why, do you think, I
am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret
me, you can not play upon me.
”—Hamlet, Act III., Scene II.




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