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PSALMS OF DAVID:
THE CANTICLES IN THE PRAYER-BOOK, AND THE
CREED OF ST. ATHANASIUS.
Arranged in Stanzas for Chanting.
AND 3 WATERLOO PLACE, PALL MALL.
In the following arrangement of the Canticles and Psalms for Chanting, the pointing of the Prayer-book has been carefully observed, but instead of marking the division of the verses by means of a colon, each verse is arranged as a stanza of two lines : whereby those less accustomed to chanting will more readily distinguish the words to be sung to each portion of the chant. A single chant consists of two parts; of which the first contains four, and the second six beats or notes.* All the words printed in Roman characters are to be sung to the first or chanting note, and those in Italics to the remaining three or five notes of the chant. Each word in Italics is to be chanted to one note, except when the syllables are divided by hyphens, and then the number of syllables into which a word is divided indicates the number of notes to which it is to be sung. When a syllable is to be sung to two or more notes, it is divided by a full point () repeated as often as necessary; or, as in some instances, a full point is placed after the syllable. When two words, or a part of a word and a whole word, are to be sung to one note, they are coupled together by the mark (u).
* For the sake of melody, there may be more than four or six notes in the two parts of a chant; but in that case, they are so tied together as to constitute in effect only four or six beats respectively.
A double chant consists of two divisions or sections, each of which, being subdivided into two parts, is, in structure, a single chant. In a single chant, however, the melody is complete in its two parts; while in a double chant the two sections (each containing, as has been said, its two parts) are required to complete the melody. Hence, if a psalm contain an uneven number of verses, the latter portion of the chant must be repeated, to which the last verse is to be sung. For this reason, among many others, single chants, especially those known as the Gregorian, are in general best suited to the Psalms.
VENITE, EXULTEMUS DOMINO. Psalm xcv.
O COME, let us sing un-to the Lord :
Let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our sal-vation. Let us come before his presence with thanks-giving : And shew ourselves glad in him with Psalms. For the Lord is Augreat God : And a great King a-bove all gods. In his hand are all the corners of the earth : And the strength of the hills is hi•s also. The sea is his, and he made it : And his hands pre-par-ed the dry land. O come, let us worship, and fall down : And kneel be-fore the Lord our Maker. For he is the Lord our God: And we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts : As in the provocation, and as in the day of temp-ta-tion in
known my ways.