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Shakespeare - Orpheus

Identifier

003376

Type of Spiritual Experience

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A description of the experience

Shakespeare – Henry VIII (3.1.3)
Orpheus with his lute made trees,
And the mountain tops that freeze,
Bow themselves when he did sing:
To his music plants and flowers
Ever sprung; as sun and showers 
There had made a lasting spring. 

Every thing that heard him play
Even the billows of the sea,
Hung their heads, and then lay by. 
In sweet music is such art, 
Killing care and grief of heart
Fall asleep, or hearing, die.

Shakespeare – The Two Gentlemen of Verona
ACT III SCENE II

For Orpheus' lute was strung with poets' sinews, 

 Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones,
Make tigers tame and huge leviathans
Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands.

Shakespeare – The Merchant of Venice
ACT V SCENE I

By the sweet power of music: therefore the poet 

Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones and floods;
Since nought so stockish, hard and full of rage,
But music for the time doth change his nature.
The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, 
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
And his affections dark as Erebus:

The source of the experience

Orpheus

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Songlines
Spell

Symbols

Dance, the
Shore

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

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