Easternmost archangel, untune
my words and teach me tanager.
They are in bad taste, and may untune
us for writing the poem floating through the mind.
This speech contains the most quoted lines from this often neglected play: `Take but degree away, untune
that string, / And hark what discord follows'.
Between these two stanzas there is also circularity, in that the same nothingness is assumed to exist after the Day of Judgement as existed before the Creation: the music which tuned the harmony of the spheres at the Creation will untune the sky at the Day of Judgement.
In the last two stanzas, Gostling's fabled range raises 'the wonder high'r', the choir illustrates the 'Living' in semiquavers while Gostling descends to his famous low C to illustrate their dying, and for 'Musick shall untune the Sky' Draghi uses a chromatic phrase.
The trumpet shall be heard on high; The dead shall live, the living die, And Musick shall untune
Loathe and shun the sick, they are in bad taste and may untune
us for writing the poem floating through our mind.
There is nothing conservative in finding such links and resemblances: the conservative may leap on "Take but degree away, untune
that string, / And hark what discord follows,"(28) as the socialist may leap on "Take physic, Pomp; .
Syd didn't get the chance to sing on Saturday's edition of On The Ball - someone appeared with a guitar towards the end of the show and unfortunately we didn't have time to untune
it - but he still made us laugh outside the ground.