> I need to put verse numbers in every line of the hymns.  There are 3 to 6
> verses.
>        \set stanza = "1."   does it for the first line, first verse.
>        \set shortVocalName = "*1."    does it for all the lines, first
> verse but puts it outside the staff.

You can shift the short name to the right and write it bold:

\override InstrumentName #'X-offset = #4
\override InstrumentName #'font-series = #'bold


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