Byrd - 1588
the Preface of
"Psalms, Sonets, and Songs of Sadness and Pietie"
By William Byrd, written in 1588
"Reasons briefly set downby the Auctor to persuade everyone to
learn to sing:
First it is a knowledge quickly taught and easily learned when there is
a good Master and an apt Scollar.
It doth strengthen all parts of the body and doth open the pipes.
It is a singular good remedie for stutting and stammering in the speech.
It is the best means to procure a perfect pronunciation and to make
a good orator.
It is the only way to know where Nature hath bestowed the benefits of a
good voyce, which gift is so rare as there is not one among a thousand
that hath it; and in many that excellent guift is lost because they want
(need) art to express Nature.
There is not any Musick of Arts whatever comparable to that which is
made of the voyces of men, where the voyces are good, and the same well
sorted and ordered.
The better the voyce is the meeter it is to honour and serve God
there-with; and the voyce of man is chiefly to be employed to that
Ominus Speritus Laudet Dominum.
Since singing is so good a thing
I wish all men would learn to sing."