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On Mon, 28 Jan 2013, Lou Burnard wrote:

> As I noted previously, it's easy enough to think of cases where paragraphs 
> are rendered without an initial line break; much less easy to do so for verse 
> lines.

Reflecting a little on this, I realize that I can think
of far more examples of verse lines unaccompanied by
line break than of breakless paragraphs. And thought I
would take the opportunity of a commonplace example to do a salutary
exposure of our code, at which you all are welcome to
express whatever adulation, objection, or revulsion the
markup may elicit.

Here is the example:

http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/RGS1922/page/263

(NOT, you will notice, from EEBO.)
And below, more or less, is how we would capture it.

pfs

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<div type="hymn" n="296">
<head>Am I a Soldier?</head>
<byline>Isaac Watts.</byline>
<byline>Thos. A. Arne.</byline>
<lg n="1">
<head>1.</head>
<l><gap reason="music"/> Am I a soldier of the cross,</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> A follower of the Lamb,</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> And shall I fear to own His cause,</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> Or blush to speak His name?</l>
</lg>
<lg n="2">
<head>2</head>
<l>Must I be carried to the skies</l>
<l>On flowery beds of ease,</l>
<l>While others fought to win the prize,</l>
<l>And sailed thro' bloody seas?</l>
</lg>
* * * *
</div>
<div type="hymn" n="297">
<head>297 Love Divine.</head>
<byline>Charles Wesley.</byline>
<byline>John Zundel.</byline>
<lg n="1">
<head>1.</head>
<l><gap reason="music"/> Love di#vine, all love ex#cell#ing,</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> Joy of heav'n, to earth come down!</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> Fix in us Thy hum#ble dwell#ing;</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> All Thy faith#ful mer#cies crown:</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> Je#sus Thou art all com#pass#ion,</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> Pure un#bound#ed love Thou art;</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> Vis#it us with Thy sal#va#tion,</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> En#ter ev#'ry trembling heart!</l>
</lg>
<lg n="2">
<head>2</head>
<l>Breathe, oh, breathe Thy loving Spirit</l>
<l>Into every troubled breast!</l>
<l>Let us all in Thee inherit,</l>
<l>Let us find the promised rest.</l>
* * *
</lg>
<lg n="3">
<l>Come, Almighty to deliver,</l>
<l>Let us all Thy grace receive;</l>
<l>Suddenly return, and never,</l>
<l>Never more Thy temple leave:</l>
<l>Thee we would be always blessing;</l>
<l>Serve Thee as Thy hosts above</l>
<l>Pray, and praise Thee without ceas|ing</l>
<l>Glory in Thy perfect love!</l>
</lg>
* * *
</div>
<div type="hymn" n="298">
<head>298 The Solid Rock.</head>
<byline>Rev. Edward Mote.</byline>
<byline>Wm. B. Bradbury.</byline>
<p>BY PER. THE BIGELOW &amp; MAIN CO.</p>
<lg n="1">
<head>1.</head>
<l><gap reason="music"/> My hope is built on noth#ing less</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> Than Je#sus' blood and right#eous#ness;</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> I dare not trust the sweet#est frame,</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> But whol#ly lean on Je#sus' name.</l>
<lg type="refrain">
<l><gap reason="music"/> On Christ the Sol#id Rock, I stand;</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> All oth#er ground is sink#ing sand,</l>
<l><gap reason="music"/> All oth#er ground is sink#ing sand.</l>
</lg>
</lg>
<lg n="3">
<l>When darkness veils His lovely face</l>
<l>I rest on His unchanging grace;</l>
* * *
</lg>
* * *
</div>


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N.B. In this rendering,

"#" stands in for a special character that
   we define as a 'word-internal dash' and index as null.

and

"|" stands in for a special character that we
   define as 'end-of-line hyphen' and also index as null.


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