- If you know the first 4-6 words of the text, search:
Find texts where the - HTI Text Code - starts with - (type initial
the first first 4, 5, or 6 words)
Example: "All people that on earth do dwell" = "APTOED"
- If you are more confident of another word or string of words
in the first two lines of the hymn, search:
Find texts where the - Text - contains - (type two or three
CONSECUTIVE words from the first two lines)
- If you can't find the text by these methods, this may be because
of the HTI Text Conventions
(see below). Or it may be because the text wasa used with this
tune only in books printed after 1820.
- The HTI is not an index of hymn texts. To find out more about
a hymn text and its origins and use, try the Dictionary
of American Hymnology
HTI TEXT SPELLING
AND CODING CONVENTIONS
Modern British spelling has been used for all words. Some words
with alternative spellings have been standardized: blessed
(2 syllables), blest (1 syllable), Emmanuel, enthroned,
ensure, hallelujah, inquire, Zion.
O is used for vocatives (O Lord), oh for
exclamations (oh, what a glorious day).
Apostrophes are used when a syllable is eliminated: for instance,
e'er, ev'ry, pow'r, heav'n, wand'ring,
th'eternal; but loved, not lov'd.
Use the first letter of each word. Sometimes it is uncertain
whether something is one word or two. In general, hyphened groups
count as two words. When there is an apostrophe joining two words,
count them as one if the apostrophe replaces the beginning of
the second word (I'd); count them as two if it cuts off
the end of the first word (th'eternal).
Counted as 1 word:
everyone (= all people)
everything (= all things)
I'd, I'll, I'm, I've
'tis, 'twas, 'twere, 'twould
we'd, we'll, we're, we've
Counted as 2 words:
all-seeing, all-wise [etc.]
every one (= each one)
every thing (= each thing)