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be made to allow for the taking of a short breath.
3.  The Mediation, or Middle Cadence, is made in every verse at the asterisk,* to­gether with a greater pause.
4. The Termination, or Final Cadence, is made at the end of each verse of the Psalm or Canticle. In the Dominican books the Third, Fourth, Seventh and Eighth tones have two different termi­nations, while the Fi rst tone has three. But only one kind of Termination is used in the same Psalm. The different Terminations are indicated after the Antiphons by the notes placed over the vowels e,u,o,u,a,e,
The Canticles Magnificat'and Benedictus are sung with an Intonation at each verse. There is no Inflexion in them, but a short pause, without an inflection, is permitted, as is also in the verse of the Introit of Mass. Other Canticles are sunglike the Psalms.
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