In “Rudolph in Northfield”, I explained how a cheesy Christmas song could be sung to the tune of the hymn Northfield. Now, from some explorations I did some 20 years ago, a few more text borrowings into the Sacred Harp:
The intrusion of secular texts into the shapenote tradition is not at all welcome, so these experiments were not well received, even by fellow Dickensonians.
The settings (remember that the melody line is the tenor, third line down):
The three most common hymn meters (from Wikipedia):
C.M. – Common Meter, 188.8.131.52; a quatrain (four-line stanza) with alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter, which rhymes in the second and fourth lines and sometimes in the first and third.
L.M. – Long Meter, 184.108.40.206; a quatrain in iambic tetrameter, which rhymes in the second and fourth lines and often in the first and third.
S.M. – Short Meter, 220.127.116.11; iambic lines in the first, second, and fourth are in trimeter, and the third in tetrameter, which rhymes in the second and fourth lines and sometimes in the first and third.
[The short lines are really tetrameter, but have rests in their fourth feet.]