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A correspondent of one of the leading reviews of Scotland makes a plea for good singing as follows: If the visit to this country of certain Americans interested in the introduction and improvement of church music, were to have no other result, it would still do great good by directing attention to that which should be an inte�gral and important part of the service, the only part of worship in many of our churches in which the people take an audible share. As the old woman excused
herself for hearing Dr. Chalmers reading a discourse by saying, "Ay, but it was fell readin' that," so we may say of this, it's "fell" singing. Mr. Sankey has a magnificent voice�clear, sweet and melodious-; and his feeling of the truth and beauty and solemnity of what he is singing communicates an indescribable pathos and tenderness to his utterance. Then he has learned what is so carefully attended to in some American schools and so little regarded here, distinct utterance.
Finlay Dum. Lady Nairne.
We watched thee in the gloaming hour/ We watched thee in the morning gray,
Tho' thirty thousand pounds they gi'e, Oh' there's nane that wad betray.� Cho.
Sweet's the laverock's note and long, Lilting wildly up the glen;
But aye to me he sings a sang,
Will ye no come back again?�Cho.
Any prejudice against "singing the gospel" fades away under the spell of his magic voice. Why should there be any prejudice? IFor generations most of the Highland ministers�and some of the Lowland min�isters, as well�have sung the gospel, sung their ser�mons, ay, sung their prayers also. The difference is that they sing very badly and he sings very well. He accompanies himself on the organ, it is true, and some of us who belong to the old school can't swallow
the kist of whistles yet. But then the American organ) "is only a little one." When a deputation from the session waited on Ralph Erskine to remonstrate with him on the enormity of fiddling, he gave them a tune on the violoncello, and they were so charmed that they returned to their constituents with the report that it was all right�" it wasna' ony wee sinful fiddle" that their minister was thus in the habit of operating upon* but a grand instrument, full of grave, sweet melody.
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