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Thread #93597   Message #1803277
Posted By: Paul Burke
07-Aug-06 - 05:01 AM
Thread Name: What makes a good hymn?
Subject: RE: What makes a good hymn?
I've forgotten nearly all the (Catholic) hymns I sang as a kid, most were dreary and interminable. The ones I can remember are either the floaty beautiful Latin ones like Pange Lingua Gloriosi, the rousers like Queen of the Angels (especially accompanied by a brass band), or the ones that terrified me... Just For Today included the verse:

Let me no wrong or idle word
Unthinking say;
Set thou a seal upon my lips
Just for today.

I was scared that if I said a naughty word, God would send a seal to bite me on the lips...