One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Church elders from both sides nod in recognition as each takes turn to precent, or line out.’
- ‘Today metrical psalms, sung slowly, ornamentally and with precenting, are used only in Gaelic services in Presbyterian churches, and only in the Western Isles on a regular basis.’
- ‘He says ‘precenting the line’ - the traditional unaccompanied singing of psalms in Gaelic in the Presbyterian churches in the Hebrides - is one of the predecessors of ‘lining out’, still practised in black churches in the South.’
- ‘Surveying the black and white faces in Sprague Hall at Yale University in Connecticut is the music teacher who precents the line at Back Free Church on Lewis each week, thousands of miles away.’
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