Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Dr. Thomas Arne: An Even Distribution of Honours

Dr. Arne was once placed in a somewhat similar situation to that of Solomon when the two women each claimed the child. His disposition of the case was as fair as that of the king, only the distribution was more even, as even as Solomon threatened to make the division of the child in question.
Dr. Arne was a very prominent English composer who lived in the first half of the last century. He had been called upon to decide on the merits of two singers. Their merits, by the way, were based largely on their own appreciation of their powers, rather than on that of other people. After hearing them, Dr. Arne cried out to one of them,
" You are the worst singer I ever heard in my life !"
"Then," exclaimed the other, "I win."
"No," answered the just judge, "you can't sing at all"

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