The patter songs in Gilbert and Sullivan operas are one of their many delights. Matter's patter is the incessant, fiendish palaver of mortal mind. He who would turn his attention for even a moment to its innumerable threats, intimations, subtle suggestions, fearful reports, and outrageous lies is going to get more than a flea in his ear. Matter, mortal mind, is an inveterate talker and would have man's physical senses heed its messages.
Mrs. Eddy informs us in the chapter "Prayer" in Science and Health that we need to enter the sanctuary of Spirit and close the door of the physical senses. We will never "have audience with Spirit, the divine Principle, Love, which destroys all error" (S&H 15: 12-13) until the door of the "erring senses" is closed, and it should not be cracked open out of curiosity even if what we faintly hear is the mellifluous whisper of sweet talk or soothing cooing. Not heeding should not mean blindy ignoring, however. We need to be alert to matter's claims in order to correct them and not be taken in unaware.
Growing spiritually means the inspired Word is something new and wonderful and God is nearer, dearer, and more real to us. Music is not the printed score, and to the non-musician it may seem just an orderly array of notes (symbols) and performing instructions. It does not become music until it is performed and experienced aurally or "heard" in the mind by a musician reading the score. So it is with the inspired Word of the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. To the materially-minded these works are little more than a jumble of meaningless words. To the sincere seeker they point the Way to understanding and demonstrating our spiritual being and pefection.