Thomas Schall - Lauten

Richard Blackmore (1650-1729)
The Creation

Did not the Mind, on heav'nly Joy intent,
The various Kinds of Harmony invent?
She the Theorbo, she the Viol found,
And all the moving Melody of Sound.
She gave to breathing Tubes a Pow'r unknown,
To speak inspir'd with Accents not their own.
Taught tuneful Sons of Music how to sing,
How by Vibrations of th' extended String,
And manag'd Impulse on the suff'ring Air,
T' extort the Rapture, and delight the Ear.