There's a Welsh psalm metre (Mesur Salm) which is 8787 but with feminine endings to lines 2 and 4. Alan Luff - Welsh Hymns and Their Tunes (1990) gives 'The King of love my shepherd is' as an English example. Does this fit with your tunes? If you want to send me the tune names, I've got quite a few Welsh books, including mss. Is your book manuscript or printed?
I have pasted out from "Ship of Fools": ""According to the index of metres in "Caneuon Ffydd" Short metre 6686 Welsh short metre 6786 Common metre 8686 Psalm metre 8787 Long metre 8888"" So maybe... more
Thank you David, Finn and Sally You have given me a lot to think about. The Book is a manuscript. I will bring it next weekend. As far as deciding whether the tunes fit, for those of us with very... more
I look forward to seeing this fascinating volume next Saturday, especially the Scottish items. The 1790s seems early for American imports. As for the Welsh tunes, what a vast number there are in the... more
Another couple of things available online that might be worth perusing: Hugh John Hughes' "Y Drysorfa gerddorol" of 1857 - an American publication of Welsh tunes, with a handy index of authors at the ... more