Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Epilogue.

But while I slowly, slowly finish the painting of this sombre interrogation-mark, and am still inclined to remind my readers of the virtues of right reading oh, what forgotten and unknown virtues it comes to pass that the wickedest, merriest, gnome-like laughter resounds around me: the spirits of my book themselves pounce upon me, pull me by the ears, and call me to order.  "We cannot endure it any longer” they shout to me, "away, away with this raven-black music.  Is it not clear morning round about us?  And green, soft ground and turf, the domain of the dance?  Was there ever a better hour in which to be joyful?  Who will sing us a song, a morning song, so sunny, so light and so fledged that it will not scare the tantrums, but will rather invite them to take part in the singing and dancing.  And better a simple rustic bagpipe than such weird sounds, such toad croakings, grave voices and marmot pipings, with which you have hitherto regaled us in your wilderness, Mr Anchorite and Musician of the Future!  No!  Not such tones!  But let us strike up something more agreeable and more joyful!  "You would like to have it so, my impatient friends?  Well!  Who would not willingly accede to your wishes?  My bagpipe is waiting, and my voice a l so _it may sound a little hoarse; take it as it is!  Don’t forget we are in the mountains!  But what you will hear is at least new; and if you do not understand it, if you misunderstand the minstrel, what does it matter!  That has always been "The Minstrel’s Curse".  So much the more distinctly can you hear his music and melody, so much the better also can you dance to his piping.  Is that your will?  
 

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