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L O N D O N :
THIS Little Book has been printed, to assist Congregation.s and Schools in the practice of Chanting. Since much is left, in this description of music, to the taste of the Singers; and since, when many join together, this taste will vary; it has been thought desirable to secure the needsul uniformity, without forcing a too minute accordance, by printing the Psalms in versicles, with the musical bars marked by transverse lines.
The Single Chant consists of two parts, one containing three, and the other four bars. The double Chant is exactly the same, repeated; and measures four versicles. Most of the Psalms in this Volume are arranged for the latter: but the two may be employed indiscriminately, only attending to the following ule: viz. that, when two versicles remain over from a double Chant at the end of the Psain, (as in No 2,) the last half of the ('hant is to be repeated before the Doxology; or, the 5th Doxology may be added to complete the Chant.
The first bar in each versicle may be of any length, (beyond a semibreve,) according to the eigth of the line: the rule being, that ail the words before the first bar park should be recited in the same time, and with the same accents, that would be employed by a reader without; the music. A common error must be guarded against, of lay
ing a stress on the last syllabie before the bar mark, or
making a pause after it. Unless the stresses and the pauses are given as they would be in good reading, chanting degenerates, from one of the most natural and implessive kinds of sacred music, it; to an irrever end and soonotonous performance. The words in each of the intermediate bars, are to be sung to two notes. Sometimes one syllable has to be sung to both : sometimes two or more must be joined on Gue. The division is lot marked in this Volume; partly front fear of unnecessary complication; and also, because a division which suits one Chant will not always suit another. When a hyphen appears after a bar mark, the syllabke before it is to be continued for the first note of the new bar : if tue; e are two hyphens, for bott. iiotes.