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At this still hour, the self-collected soul
Has closed his golden eye, and, wrapt in shades,
LYRIC POETRY, such as psalms, hymns, odes, etc., consists of lines, feet, and syllables, capable of being set to music.
All poetical compositions of this character are usually written in iambic, trochaic, or anapestic measure; or a combination of two or all of them.
The most common measures, in which sacred or devotional psalms and hymns are written, are designated thus : —
S. M. denotes Short Meter or Measure.
There are various other measures designated by figures, which denote the number of syllables in the different lines.
QUESTIONS. What is lyric poetry? In what measures are compositions of this character usually written? How are the most common measures, in which psalms and hymns are written, designated? What does S. M. denote? C. M., etc. ? How are other measures designated? What do the figures denote?
1. S. M., Iambic, 6s and 8s — three and four feet.
Thě hill | ŏf Zi | on yields
A thousand sacred sweets,
Before we reach | the heaven | ly fields,
2. C. M., Iambic, 8s and 6s — four and three feet.
Hě cōmes | the brōk | ĕn heārt | tŏ hēal,
3. L. M., Iambic, 8s-four feet.
He guides our feet, | he guards | Ŏur way;
4. L. P. M., Iambic, 8s -- four feet.
I'll praise | mỹ Mā | ker with | mỹ breath;
QUESTIONS. In what measure is Short Meter written? How many syllables do the lines contain? How many feet? In what measure is C. M. written? How many syllables do the lines contain? How many feet? In what measure is L. M. written? How many syllables in each line? How many feet? In what measure is L. P. M. written? How many syllables in each line? How many feet? Wherein does it differ from L. M.?
Ŏ how happy ǎre they,
Who the Saviour obey,
And have laid up their treasures above!
O what tongue can express
The sweet comfort and peace,
Of a soul in its earliest love!
8. Trochaic, 8s, 7s, and 4s-four, three, and two feet.
Guide mě, Ō thoŭ | great Jě | hõvăh,
Pilgrim through this | barren | land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
Hold me in thy powerful hand :,
Bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more.
9. Iambic and Anapestic, 8s-three feet.
Mỹ gracious Rēdēem | ĕr Ĭ lōve,
His praises aloud I'll proclaim,
QUESTIONS. In what measure is H. M. written? How many syllables do the lines contain? How many feet? Let the teacher ask similar questions on all the fol lowing examples.
And join with the armies above,
10. Trochaic, 8s - three feet, with an additional long syllable.
11. Trochaic, 3s and 7s — four and three feet.
How firmǎ fõundā | tion, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more could his mercy and goodness have said
To those who for refuge, to Jesus have fled!
14. Anapestic, 12s and 9s — four and three feet.
They have gone | to the land | where the pā | triarchs rēst,
Where the chosen of Israel the promise possessed,
15. Trochaic, 88, 7s, and 4s—four, three, and two feet.
Hark, the judgment | trumpet | sounding,
Rends the skies and shakes the poles;
18. Anapestic, lambic, and Spondaic, 12s and 11s-four feet.
Thou art gōne | to the grave | bŭt wě will | not deplōre | thee,
The Saviour has passed through its portals before thee,