music of the spheres

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n music of the spheres an inaudible music that Pythagoras thought was produced by the celestial
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Music of the spheres See under Music.
    • Music of the spheres the harmony supposed to be produced by the accordant movement of the celestial spheres.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Music of the spheres a harmony formed by the regular movements of the heavenly bodies throughout space, determined by the relation to each other of the intervals of separation
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. harmoniaharmos, a fitting—arein, to fit.

Usage

In literature:

The sphere was whistling, too, and the sound transformed itself into music of the stars.
"The Whispering Spheres" by Russell Robert Winterbotham
It only shows how unhappily one great man has missed the music of the spheres, and failed to catch the "meaning" of God's work.
"The Education of American Girls" by Anna Callender Brackett
It leads to the music of the spheres.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
And then his voice is like the music of the spheres.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
It is, indeed, the old Pythagorean "music of the spheres" audible at last again.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
How is it that he manages with so small, so limited a vocabulary, to capture the very "music of the spheres"?
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
And for myself, I could not have been more delighted if I had heard the music of the spheres.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
Nothing, indeed, but the deafening blare of Byron's brazen trumpet could have silenced this music of the spheres.
"A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" by George Saintsbury
Why, it is asked, do we not hear this music of the spheres if it exists?
"Of Six Mediæval Women" by Alice Kemp-Welch
He seemed not to find it easy to exchange the music of the spheres for the music of fiddles.
"Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli)" by Julia Ward Howe
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In poetry:

Sometimes a sunlit sphere comes rolling by,
And then we softly whisper,--can it be?
And leaning toward the silvery orb, we try
To hear the music of its murmuring sea;
"Homesick In Heaven" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And thrilling with full growth of heavenly powers,
Hears the deep melody of sphere to sphere;
And throbbing with that music not like ours,
Stands with his back to what he left us here:
"David Gray" by Alexander Anderson
The minstrel harp of Poetry
Has touched the sunbeam on the sea,
And to the music of the spheres
We listen with enchanted ears,
Singing His praise whose spirit burns
Resplendent in these golden urns.
"Hymn: The Minstrel Harp of Poetry" by John Bowring
O, gloomy world that rolls in weary space,
And moans wild music to the broken spheres,
Whose rivers wander into seas of tears,
Despair has bound thee in a close embrace;
A birth, a life, a death; man is no more!
"Despondency" by Freeman Edwin Miller
But leave this scene of doubts and fears,
And swift on fancy's pinions fly,
And hear the music of the spheres
Resounding sweetly through the sky;
They sing of Him, th' incarnate Word
Man's Saviour, Heaven's Almighty Lord!
"Ode To Music" by James Monroe Whitfield
Wo to the outcasts! Them, nor cunning strings
Melodious, nor soft-stopping pipes, nor all
The sylvan company of sweet-throated birds,
No, nor the very music of the spheres,
Could tune to peace!
A Seventh Ghost comes shuddering near.
"The Churchyard: Night The Third" by Thomas Aird

In news:

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There is immense power and careful logic in the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk.
After 30 years of playing guitar in the Birmingham area, George Vinson brings us his first album, Spheres of Influence, a collaboration rooted deep in a lifetime of influences and musical experiences.
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In science:

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