[De Quincey's fourth note to chapter 4 of Confessions of an English Opium Eater.]

I have not the book at this moment to consult; but I think the passage begins, "And even that tavern music, which makes one man merry, another mad, in me strikes a deep fit of devotion," etc.

[Sir Thomas Browne (1605-82) published Religio Medici [A Doctor's Religion], one of the masterpieces of seventeenth-century English prose, in 1642. It attempted to reconcile Christian faith with scientific knowledge. Brown was educated at Winchester and Oxford and became a physician. He was knighted by Charles II in 1671. MB ]

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