(William Mason, 1795)
The learned Benedictine quotes also another passage on this subject from William of Malmsbury, which I think curious enough to translate. “By the violence of hot water, the wind coming out fills the whole cavity of the instrument, which, from several apertures passing through brass pipes, sends forth musical noises.”*
I here suspect, that by the word Ventus the Monk meant steam; because the sound was produced by hot water, Aqua calefacta violentia, and if so, we have a new purpose, to which the ingenious Steam Engineers of the present time may, if they please, employ it. And who knows but a certain noble mechanic, when he has navigated his ship with it, may place a steam Organ upon the poop and play ça ira upon it with peculiar propriety?
*Aquae calefactae violentia ventus emergens implet concavitatem barbiti, et per multiforatiles transitus aeneae fistulae modulatos clamores emittunt. William of Malmsbury