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Music from the South.                   ioi
I have offered this specimen because of its irregularity; observing nevertheless, that though the same is duly printed, the odd bar may be a case of intentional caprice, which has perverted a common­place melody.
Some years ago, when I was in Padua, while resting my mind on the steps of Giotto's chapel, after having looked at his noble frescoes there, I was amused by listening to a girl who was ar­ranging linen to dry under the mulberry trees, and who sang a song of many verses to a ditty regular and commonplace in every respect, save that the third line was a five-bar phrase, which necessitated the repetition of a word.

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