Tag Archives: hymns

I vow to thee my…God

Occasionally I have a dilemma  – does a poor, or even theologically incorrect text take precedence over a wonderful tune when thinking about hymns?  Usually no, but every once in a while I am swayed by a tune over the … Continue reading

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The richest kind of dirt

(originally published March 24, 2011) My little garden awaits my ministrations and I do find a certain peace in pulling weeds and coaxing plants to grow, and am generally just very happy to feel the dirt on my hands as … Continue reading

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In the Land of Unlikeness

He is the Way. Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness. You will see rare beasts and have unique experiences. He is the Truth. Seek him in the Kingdom of Anxiety. You will come to a great city that has … Continue reading

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Undone by Donne

A favorite hymn of the young Choristers here is found in The Hymnal 1982 at 140, Wilt thou forgive that sin, where I begun. With its plaintive 17th century tune and text by metaphysical poet John Donne, it is a … Continue reading

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Name that tune – 87.87.66.66.7

A mighty fortress is our God of course Have you ever wondered about the information in very fine print at the end of each hymn?  Besides information about the composer and the source for the text, and a tune name … Continue reading

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Welsh Rugby’s National Anthem

The tune Cwm Rhondda is one of those sturdy Welsh hymn tunes that are so satisfying to sing, and it has been adopted by Welsh rugby fans, turning them into “Ten Thousand Instant Christians”, as one Welsh comic noted.  Might we … Continue reading

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Iona

First a little history: today is the feast day for St. Columba, 6th century Abbott of Iona. Colum or Colm, as he was baptized, was also called Columcille because of the many monasteries (cille) that he established. His life of … Continue reading

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