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1824 Excerpt: ...lines, for example, move in exact accordance with
the measure of Old Hundred. Before Jehovah's awful throne, Ye
nations bow with sacred joy. But in the next lines of the stanza,
we find a discordance between the poetick and musical accent, the
tune torturing the trochees which begin the lines into iambuses.
Know that the Lord is God alone, He can create, and he destroy. The
consequence of this movement, however indifferent to it we may have
become through habit, unquestionably is to destroy the spirit and
meaning of the verse. Now as most tunes are thus perfectly regular,
it is surely asking very little of the poet, that he should make
his hymns perfectly regular also. He may think, perhaps, that this
will destroy that occasional variety in the rhythm which is
necessary to prevent that tediousness, which has been complained of
as the tendency ofiambick measure, and which Hunt has ridiculed as
' Cuckoo-song verses, one up and one down.' This certainly is a
reason for seeking every allowable variety in a long poem; but in a
hymn, which contains but sixteen or twenty four lines, there is not
the slightest occasion for this apprehension. Indeed, several of
the best and favourite hymns are thus constructed, and no one has
dreamed of complaining. ' Did any one, ' asks Mr. Willard, ' ever
think of objecting to the 133d psalm, S. M. in Walts, or the 91st
psalm in Belknap, or Hawksworth's morning hymn, or Miss Williams's
hymn on habitual devotion, or the 43d, 200dth, or 250th hymn in the
New York Collection, that most of the verses are perfectly
regular?' And if they were not so, they would be made so by the
tunes to which they should be set. Let the most graceful variety be
given to the stanzas, which the writer can devise, it is all done
away in the singing, for th...
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