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Lining Hymns



The practice of "lining out" hymns was the dominant form of congregational singing before musical instruments, organized choirs, and increased literacy made lining obsolete. It has endured in only a handful of marginal but proud places: among the Primitive Baptists of Appalachia; in black Baptist and a handful of Presbyterian churches in the deep South; and the Gaelic Presbyterians of the Western Isles of Scotland. (35 minutes)
 

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