Charles Lamb (“Elia”): “A Chapter on Ears”

But those unconnected, unset sounds are nothing to the measured malice of music. The ear is passive to those single strokes; willingly enduring stripes, while it hath no task to con. To music it cannot be passive; it will strive – mine at least will – ’spite of its inaptitude, to thrid the maze; like an unskilled eye painfully poring upon hieroglyphics.

– Charles Lamb (“Elia”), “A Chapter on Ears