The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #93597 Message #1805062
Posted By: JennieG
09-Aug-06 - 03:47 AM
Thread Name: What makes a good hymn?
Subject: RE: What makes a good hymn?
I am enjoying the posts too Bob, I'm glad I started this one.
Each year at the Oz National Folk Festival a popular workshop is the hymn singing session on Easter Sunday morning, run by our very own Mudcatter Hrothgar. Unbelievers, atheists, agnostics and those who believe in something all attend and have a rousing time together singing hymns for the pure joy of singing - this year we were even recorded for local radio because of our singing of "Battle Hymn of the Republic", sung with great verve and gusto!
I attended Sunday School as a child and church as an adult, but stopped going when I moved from a country town to the city. Since then I have become a 'hatches, matches and despatches' churchgoer but there is still something in the back of my mind that enjoys singing the words to hymns.
If I had to nominate a favourite hymn it would be a tie between "Guide me O thou great Jehovah" and "Be thou my vision".