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The hymn," From all that dwell below the skies," is Isaac Watts's version of the one hundred and seven�teenth psalm. It is a brief rendering of the shortest chapter in the Bible, yet it is full of force and fervor. There is a charm in poetry and music which can never be exhausted, but by some it is not even realized. "An instance of this was witnessed," says G. J. Stev�enson, " in a large school of poor children located at Lambeth Green, London. The day's work was done, the usual singing and prayer were over, and three hun dred boys were expecting in a moment to be free from authority and at play. This psalm by Dr. Watts had been sung to the tune of the ' Portuguese Hymn.' The
master made a few remarks about the pleasure music produces and asked the children to try to sing the hymn again. They did so; it was done with care and much feeling. Again the request was preferred�would they like to sing it again? The reply from hundreds of voices was a simultaneous ' Yes.' It was repeated, if possible with increased delight to the boys. Then followed a few remarks about the music of Heaven, and how sweet it must be there, and the boys were asked if they had not felt more happy in that singing than if they had been at play. Another unanimous ' Yes,' and again they repeated the song until hymn and tune may have been fixed in their memories for life.5'
Very slow, with deep feeling.
E. Lasskn. Richard Field tr.
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