134 Handel and Music crossed when he went into Italy. What time of the year was it ? What kind of weather did he have ? Were the spring flowers out ? Did he walk the greater part of the way as we do now ? And what did he hear ? For he must sometimes have heard music inside him—and that, too, as much above what he has written down as what he has written down is above all other music. No man can catch all, or always the best, of what is put for a moment or two within his reach. Handel took as much and as near the best, doubtless, as mortal man can take ; but he must have had moments and glimpses which were given to him alone and which he could tell no man. ii I saw the world a great orchestra filled with angels whose instruments were of gold. And I saw the organ on the top of the axis round which all should turn, but nothing turned and nothing moved and the angels stirred not and all was as still as a stone, and I was myself also, like the rest, as still as a stone. Then I saw some huge, cloud-like forms nearing, and behold ! it was the Lord bringing two of his children by the hand. " O Papa I " said one, " isn't it pretty ? " " Yes, my dear/' said the Lord, " and if you drop a penny into the box the figures will work/' Then I saw that what I had taken for the keyboard of the organ was no keyboard but only a slit, and one of the little Lords dropped a plaque of metal into it. And then the angels played and the world turned round and the organ made a noise and the people began killing one another and the two little Lords clapped their hands and were delighted. Handel and Dickens They buried Dickens in the very next grave, cheek by jowl with Handel. It does not matter, but it pained me to think that people who could do this could become Deans of Westminster.