Monday, 16 July 2012
Posted by M.H. Forsyth
this balanced and judicious savaging of modern hymn-writers. I shall merely observe that hymn comes from the Greek hymnos, meaning song, and may possibly be a variant of hymenaios, which means wedding song. What's fun about that is that hymenaios comes from Hymen, the Greek god of marriage, which may possibly come from hymen meaning hymen. That is all, though, terribly speculative.
And, for what it's worth, my favourite hymn lines are by Cardinal Newman:
And with the dawn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost a while.
I think it's all the Ls
A tip of the blogger's bowler to the Antipodean.