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M. Dale Prins

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I have been commissioned by my church to compose a mass setting, piecemeal. (If you are not SDG and thus do not know what a mass setting is, that knowledge is tangential to my linguistic request, so please read on.) In this particular part of the mass setting, I am setting to music words that need to be, effectively:

"In Your mercy, receive our prayer."

Except they can

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Oh. And you (by which I mean I) have a deadline of this Thursday (by which I mean I have a Sunday deadline, but I need a couple days of extra time on my end).

Dale

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You are doing something I have always thought of doing.

Are there not ways you can play around with the melody to fit more words? (This is commonly done with hymn tunes.) For example, "Be merciful, Lord" (or "Have mercy, Lord," or even "In mercy, [O] Lord") would fit great if you had "Be" as the upbeat before "PEP-si my COKE" ("Be MERC-i-ful, LORD") and "Receive my prayer," could work in the same way, with "Re-" as the upbeat ("ReCIEVE-- my PRAYER").

Trusting Americans understand the term "upbeat" in this context.

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: Are there not ways you can play around with the melody to fit more

: words?

There are, but for personal aesthetic reasons I refuse to add an upbeat to the first half -- it doesn't sound right with the melody -- and I'd rather not add one in the second half if I can help it,

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My best idea for the first half so far is "Merciful Lord."

Dale

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I have been commissioned by my church to compose a mass setting, piecemeal. (If you are not SDG and thus do not know what a mass setting is, that knowledge is tangential to my linguistic request, so please read on.) In this particular part of the mass setting, I am setting to music words that need to be, effectively:

"In Your mercy, receive our prayer."

Except they can

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Not to change the subject, although I believe Mr. Prins has probably completed his project by now, I hope your fiancee is doing well TexasWill.

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Not to change the subject, although I believe Mr. Prins has probably completed his project by now,

Oops! I somehow misread the date of his post... I've been a little scatterbrained.

I hope your fiancee is doing well TexasWill.

She's doing okay at the moment. She had a severe and unexplained seizure during handbell rehearsal shortly after worship on Sunday morning. They haven't been able to figure out what is going on, but she has an appointment to see a neurologist this week to run more tests.

And of course, I've been on edge ever since. eek.gif

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"Merciful Lord, hear our prayer" was the winner and thus is what my church has been using the past month.
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