Voices from the 17th Century: ‘Listen, friend, to the instrument’



Engraved by Jean Ganière and published by Nicolas Langlois, a seventeenth-century image of a boy playing the recorder found in the Dayton C. Miller Collection of the Library of Congress is accompanied by a short poem.

“Listen, friend, to the instrument
I am going to play marvels for you
On this flute, a song
And for the love of your mistress
And to make your sadness go away
It is I alone who gives a lesson in this.”

(Translation: Library of Congress)

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