Excerpt from On Early English Pronunciation, With Special Reference to Shakspere and Chaucer, Vol. 2: On the Pronunciation of the Xiiith and Previous Centuries, of Anglosaxon, Icelandic, Old Norse and Gothic, With Chronological Tables of the Value of Letters and Expressions of Sound i... n English Writing
The cuckoo song and prisoner's prayer, which stand first, have their antiquity well established, and possess the great advantage of a contemporary musical setting, which is Of considerable assistance in determining the pronunciation or elision Of the finale. As the Old notation of music re quires especial study to read, faithful translations into the modern notation, preserving exactly the number and pitch of the notes, have been printed. This is precisely Similar to reducing the manuscript letters to the form Of Roman types, extending the contractions and pointing. In the first piece the time Of each note is accurately determined in the original, and is strictly Observed in the transcript. In the second, which is in plain chant, this is not the case, and hence such time has been assigned as was suggested by a careful ex amination Of the notes in connection with the words.
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