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Music from the South.                   125
But it is more probable that the hymn may have got to Meersburg, since on the authentication of the manuscript I lay small stress, and for the following reasons : —
The style of the 'Marseillaise' was clearly anti­cipated in other earlier songs by De Lille, unless these were misdated, or forgeries. The song of 'Roland' by him, dated 1776—and if this be cor­rect, composed when Rouget de Lille was sixteen, his birth year being 1760—has clearly the very pre­cise form of sharp, keen, animated measure, marked by dotted notes and trumpet calls, to which people can tramp in time—and the French love to tramp, as any one acquainted with theatrical audiences must know—which was later made out with greater power in the ' Marseillaise/ Traces of this peculiar move­ment are constantly to be found in French music of a certain quality, even of late days. Everyone knows the melody ' Brulant d'Amour':
as one among twenties—shall I not say, hundreds?

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