The nice thing about the inclusion of the audio tag is that it simplified the token I needed to define the end of the passage and reference. Moreover, the second element of the split, the audio verse, is modified to include the reference verse as a title argument within the hyperlink tag.
The bad this I just discovered at the stroke of midnight, not all their verses include an audio link. So for those of you coming back to leave a comment that the code is broke — if fixed it to handle scrapes with and without audio links:
Oh but that’s not all. While my system was in transition, Glenn over at The Journal modified VerseScrape to his own likings (he also graciously pointed out a typo/bug in mine). Proving once again that with Perl, there is more than one way to skin a cat.