Spurgeon on Hymn Tunes

Charles Spurgeon:

Simple [melodies] are the best, and the most sublime; very few of the more intricate tunes are really musical. Your twists, and [your] fugues, and [your] repetitions, and [your] rattlings up and down the scale, are mostly barbarous noise-makings, fitter for Babel than [for] Bethel. If you … wish to show off your excellent voices, [why not] meet at home for that purpose[? But] the [Lord’s Day] and the church of God must not be desecrated to so poor an end.

Charles Spurgeon, “How Shall We Sing?,” The Sword and the Trowel (June 1, 1870), 277

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