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Preface to Silesius's Chant Book, Wroclaw (1657)

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Preface to Silesius's Chant Book, Wroclaw (1657), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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            Chapter 1 Page 9 of 9 total


Reminder to the Reader

Beloved reader, / in this book you will find
every now and then some tunes /
which were not invented by us, but
were adopted by the author for
certain reasons. And even though
we do not know who the inventors of these melodies are / I
nevertheless thought it a good idea to let you
know this, / so that you do not imagine / that we
want to adorn ourselves with borrowed plumes,
and that we are trying to pass these for our own tunes.
Receive these kindly, / and may you fare well.
If, however, we sense that this work
has pleased you, / then at some point in the future
you will have the opportunity of receiving
the greater part of our melodies with beautiful
accompaniment and full instrumental parts,
to be used publicly in church.


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