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34 The National Music of America.
line before singing it) was not used by the Pilgrim Fathers. Such a proceeding, most inartistic from a musical sense, was estab­lished by Parliament in England, in 1644. New England then seems to have taken it up with avidity. The result was sometimes a most awkward one, when the pause neces­sitated at the end of the line, disturbed, or even contradicted, the sense of the poem. Here is an example quoted by Hood in his " History of Music in New England." '
" The Lord will come, and He will not Keep Silence, but speak out."
But as the deacon read the lines they became rather puzzling:
" The Lord will come, and he will not."
Which the congregation faithfully repeated. After which came the rather mystifying re­quest :
" Keep silence, but speak out."
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