“Music Hath Charms To Soothe The Savage Beast”

Mark Gusew Thursday May 30, 2019

Have you heard this expression before? “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast.”

You have? I believe that music certainly does have some kind of unique ability to charm us and to calm the mood of a troubled person.

But before I speak any more about the effects of music on us, let’s get the quoted line straight.

It has often been miss-quoted. And it was not William Shakespeare that wrote this, but rather William Congreve an English author. It originated from a play that he wrote "The Mourning Bride" way back in 1697. The correct quote is:

“Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.” (or heart)


William Congreve

The next line which elaborates is “To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.”

That seems to suggest that music has the capability to calm wild animals, to enchant even the roughest of people. Or to soften rock like attitudes or long term feelings of hurt.

Have you experienced the calming effect that music can give? Yes, most of would have experienced it many times throughout our lives. As far as I’m concerned, it is simply another reason to enjoy music as often as possible. And especially at the best quality that we can manage and afford.

So what about you? Does music soothe the savage beast within you?