Love Ditties and Wanton Songs

“I wish that the young men might have something to rid them of their love ditties and wanton songs and might instead of these learn wholesome things and thus yield willingly to the good; also, because I am not of the opinion that all the arts shall be crushed to earth and perish through the Gospel, as some bigoted persons pretend, but would willingly see them all, and especially music, servants of Him who gave and created them.”

 -Martin Luther, from the preface to the Wittenberg Gesangbuch hymnal; quoted in Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?  The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture (Crossway, 2005 ed.), p. 90

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