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St. Cecilia




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A crowned woman with long hair, robes and sandals wears a pendant and sits clutching her chest. A carved music seat in the shape of an eagle holds a score (sheet music). A winged angel plays a portable organ, while another angel or cherub looks on. In the background is a man wearing a toga, perhaps in a Roman style.

——Divine Cecilia came,
    Inventress of the vocal frame;
The sweet enthusiast, from her sacred store,
    Enlarg’d the former narrow bounds,
    And added length to solemn sounds,
With nature’s mother-wit, and arts unknown before.
    Let old Timotheus yield the prize,
    Or both divide the crown;
    He rais’d a mortal to the skies,
    She drew an angel down.” (p. 1497)


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