We continue with our posting of the Introduction to The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
"One thing we can definitely affirm as to the form of ancient Hebrew poetry is this--that it affected parallelism. Parallelism is a rhetorical or poetic ornament found everywhere in literature, but rarely in the marked and predominant form it assumes in ancient Hebrew poetry. It may be of a great many kinds. The satiric couplets of Pope, the triads of Dr. Johnson's prose, Dr. Watt's familiar quatrain: 'Let dog's delight,' etc., Tennyson's descriptive lines:
My sacrifice to God is a humble heart
A contrite and humble heart, o God,
thou wilt not despise.
He will not suffer they foot to stumble
Nor shall he slumber that keeps thee.
Behold, he who is guardeth Israel,
Slumbers not nor sleeps.
Alas! I sojourn in Mosoch,
I dwell among the tents of Kedar.
[To be continued]