Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Song, a short poem, or set of words in rhythm, adapted to music. The song may be for a single voice, for a chorus, or a part-song, or all combined, and generally contains a story or sentiment, and should be directed to the emotions, sentiments, or passions. The national songs of England, Scotland, Ireland, etc., Dibdin's nautical songs, and the volks- and soldaten-lieder of Germany are good examples of what songs should be, as are also the short songs in Tennyson's Idylls of the King.