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The following are the TONES for the Psalms, with examples of Mediations and Terminations. (The Magnificat is prin t ed in full in the Vesperale, and no doubt the Benedictus will also be printed in full when a new Antiphonarium is published.)
FIRST TONE
Rule: The Mediation begins on the penulti­mate word-accent (natural or sometimes adventitious, an accent given merely on account of the necessity of the chant); and the last syllable, whatever it may be, is always on the last note, which is never repeated. The preceding note is, how­ever, sometimes repeated.
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