"We cannot do without music in our schools. A schoolmaster must know how to sing, or I would not allow him to teach. Nor ought we to ordain young theologians to the sacred office, unless they have first been well-tried and practiced in the art in the school. . . . If any one despises music, as all the fanatics do, I cannot confide in him. For music is a gift and bestowment of God; it does not proceed from man. It drives away the devil and makes men happy. In it, we forget all anger, lasciviousness, pride, and every vice. Next to theology I rank music, and hold it in almost equal honor. For look how David and all holy men have uttered their heavenly meditations in verse, rhyme and song." (W-T 5, No. 6248)