Category Archives: Hymn parsing

A Mighty Fortress in translation

More a bookmark for me here than anything else: An excellent parsing exercise at Desiring God compares the original German text of “A Mighty Fortress” to the common English translation and finds the translation lacking at several points. John Piper … Continue reading

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Methodist Hymn Histories and Studies

And a lot of them! See here. Here’s an example of one of their “hymn studies”: “Jesus Paid It All” Hymn Study by Dean McIntyre TITLE: “Jesus Paid It All” AUTHOR: Elvina M. Hall TUNE: ALL TO CHRIST COMPOSER: John … Continue reading

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“In Thy arms I rest me; Foes who would…”

Johann Franck published “Jesu, meine Freude” in 1653; Catherine Winkworth served the English-speaking world by translating it as “Jesu, priceless treasure” in her 1863 The Chorale Book for England. In this translation, she rendered the second verse as: In Thine arm I … Continue reading

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This Joyful Eastertide

My friend James Anderson introduced me to this very worthy resurrection hymn a few years back, and I relished singing it in a mixed quartet.  Take a look at this jubilant text while you listen to the choir of King’s … Continue reading

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Singing with the Angels

Over the last several months, I have been struck with the frequency of hymnic references to angelic praise, particularly in reference to believers praising God.  Here are some of those references: “Angels in the height, adore Him; Ye behold Him … Continue reading

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Singing “Silent Night”

“Silent Night,” because of the flow of the tune, is often sung incorrectly, or at least thoughtlessly, in several ways. In the first verse, the tune encourages the singer to mentally punctuate the song thus: Silent night, holy night. All … Continue reading

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“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”

In choosing songs for our Sunday service coming this weekend, I was reminded of a post by my friend Ryan Martin in which he parses Henry Alford’s “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.”  I commend it to your reading.  It is … Continue reading

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