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CONSTABLE OF FLINT CASTLE.

MR BALFOUR AT EATON.

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MUSICAL NOTES. By Peteiv Edwai-ds, Mus. Bac. (Pcdr Alaw.) CHURCH MUSIC. Last week I quoted the remarks of Sir Walter Parrat upoyi Church music in the reign- of King Edward the Seventh. He said a new edition of certain hymn books was practically crushed' by the fact that it endeavoured to provide the public with a better class of tune. Of course, I am not certain which hymn-tune book he alludes to, but think it is the new edition of "Hymns Ancient and Modern, about the liv-nin- in whiél there were very etro-ng remarks made in the Press. It would be a very poor compliment to the tafte of musical England to say that it practically crushed the book because it endea- voured to provide the public with a better-ciasa tune buit it would not be far from t'hc truth to say the inclusion of several new hymns favouring' the very extreme views of the High Church was very distasteful to moderate Church- men and others. They had already 1/en painod by the inclusion: of hymns ii i,-e V ld Edition, fi-tK-h aG the Communion hymns: Number 312: "Thee we adore, 0 hidden Saviour, Tne, Who in Thy Sacrament dost deign to Both fietsh and spirit at Thy presence fail, Yet liero Thy Presence we devoutly hail. 0 Christ, Whom now beneath a veil we e, May what we thirst for FJOOIIl our portion 1;0) To gaze on TJlec unveiled, and see Thy Face, The Vision of Thy giory ailil Thy grROp. Hymn 314: Lord Jetsu, Whom, by power Divine Now hidden 'noath the outward sign, We warship- and adore, Grant, when the vetil away is roLFd, With onen face we may behold Thyself for evermore. Hymn 324: Jesu, gentlest Saviour, Thou art in> us now, Fill us with Th\r goodness, Till (Jur hearts o'eirtlow. Hymn 557: Veroe 3—last two lines:- But lo the way Thou com'st to-day is one bread and wino Conceal the Proseuce they convey, both human and Divine. It is unnecessary to dwell' upon the various lines here quoted; they all point to> the Divine Presence, in the Bread: and Wine; but, however Jwuch such a belief is taught, it seems to many Who think for themselves aai ab/urd belief. To my mind the None*rife*saist view of the Com- munion. is a reasonable one. Each incumber is impressed with- the fact that the bread and wine are mere symbols; that the benefit derived is in preying that the partaking of ihe elements "in rcunembranoe of Me" iiiz -,y increase the par- taker's -love towards the Saviour, and that his spiritual life may thereby be strengthened. If the bread taken at Coiiimunion is more bread— and io amount of praying- over it will make it anything else—if it strengthens anything, it strengthens tho natural body. It is a natural product-. How the Divj.no Presence is really ma.de to enter it, œUf;TJtg' it to be spiritual food I have novar understood,, and apparently never will believe To multiply hymns in our collec- tions emphasising the above teaching is, tiiere- fore, repulsive to many people; and it caused no fjurpi-ee to me when the many protests wore made against the new edition of "Hymns Ancient and Modern" because it helped, all tho more, to spread such teaching. PRELIMS. A correspondent writes suggesting cither the addition of more adjudicators, or tho ap- pointment of capable m-cai to take the pre- lims. only. This latter suggestion has often been adopted, sometimes witih satisfactory re- sults, sometimes n.ot. The fact M, there aTe so many views upon ednging—up on the methods of "'production"—that what would appeal to one selector might not appeal to a.p,o,t,hcir. I do not like that arrangement of selecting a wceder-out, who has no voice in the platform work of the Eisteddfod. It is a kind of hint, to the audience that lie is there to do the rough wcc-k-,work- which tlie great men of the day could not be asked or expected to do. WILLIAM EVANS, ST. ASAPH CATHEDRAL. The death of this gentle-man, for thirty years alto lay clerk in St. Asaph Cathediral, recalls to my mind the fact that another, and a well-known Welsh composer in his time, tiamely Cyndeyrn, was engaged for many years as a singer in tlie sa.me place. A,as! ,but little is now known of Cyndevm, and his music is forgotten. Such i' fa.m:3 ♦ tP THE NOSE IN PUBLIC. "Musical News" contains an interesting paragraph upon th'r-; subject. Ony the other day, it states, an occurrence took place at a Queen's Hall symphony concert. which is best described in the words of the "Times' critics. During the performance of Chopin's concerto in F minor, the cealy perceptible ad- dition to Chopin's own orchestration was a nose in the auditorium, which was blown, during a rest, in PERFECT TIME AND TUNE on the middle C. We ore probably -not fall" wrong in assuming that while the accuracy of the time was subconscious, the pitch was accidental. A man may be perfectly able to blow his nose rhythmically, but that he is able to exercsse snch control over his nasa,l ona-n as to produce thereon the vai-ious notes of the grunt at will, we decline to believe. < THE GORSEDD EXAMINATIONS. In a list of subjects, as it appeared in a Teoent number of the "London Kelt," I read tho Iv-0 an example ci a com- mon cord, and show its inveirsicn-s! I cm afraid musical books will not assist the poor student in this matter. What can be said of comunoa cord except that it is made otf hemp; and i,t looks .so much alike all ovet that •if you invert it, no difference is noticeable. If requiring information as to its holding power, a certain Government official might be consulted. I should add that of a "common chord" musical books can tell a good deal. < < < LIVERPOOL EISTEDDFOD. CetTi.ainly, no Eisteddfod held in an Eng- lish town -is bettor supported than that wdiich is held arnuaJJy in Liverpool, at Christmas time. Formerly, the gr.c.at annual event in that city was the Goirdovic Eisteddfod, but that is, Jong since, among the things otf the pa.st. The present Eisteddfod is held under the auspices of the Good Templars. The evening .meeting is largely in the natune of a concert, and this year the vocalists engaged ax-e Madame La,ura. Evans Williams and Mr Powell Edwards, Rhos.

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