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least, a good publisher. Advice on this point will be offered in another chapter.
When your first verse is written, and you start on the next, always be careful that the accented words, or syllables correspond exactly, line by line, with those in the opening verse, and thus fit the accented notes of your melody. See that the "feet" in each metre are numerically the same in each verse. The temptation to crowd in extra syllables or words in succeeding verses must be rigorously resisted. There is no exception to this rule.
It is also highly advisable, and often imperative, that a single syllable or monosyllable correspond to each note of the melody.
EXAMPLES. (GOOD)
So fare thee well, old home, fare-well for - «v * mer.......
(BAD)
So fare thee well. old borne,         fare well,...........
excepting where some oddity or effect is desired, such as
or similar phrases in many past successes.
Short verses and refrains are now found to bring the best results. A few years ago the verses were twice the length they now are. To-day, they are regarded as tedious and old-
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