Monday, November 9, 2009

Hymn Search I

We are on the hunt for a new favourite hymn.

For reasons we won't go into, Work for the Night is Coming, Bickerstaff's favourite house-cleaning hit, really won't do any more, not least because it palls with repetition.

We'll be spotlighting the candidates for new favourite over the next few weeks, and behind Door Number One, we have Holy God We Praise Thy Name

Four criteria we examine: Reverence, Theology, Musicality, and ability to swing a thurible or a scrubbing brush to the beat.

Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy sceptre claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.

Reverence: 10.
Theology: 8 (pastiche of Te Deum Laudamus)
Musicality: 7 (tune a little complicated)
Scrubbability: 6 (Nice rhythm for a Thurible, not so much a scrubbing brush)


Bearhunter said...

Nice enough rhythm for a thurifer, however, the upward surge on "bow" can lead to quite spectacular and occasionally painful mishaps if the thurible is in the hands of a novice. Lovely hymn, though. I have wonderful memories of counting the motes of dust in the shafts of lights piercing the stained glass in a certain Pugin-built Gothic cathedral while the choir sang this. Ah youth, too soon departed...

Swift said...

Don't look now, Nimrod, you're sounding almost Catholic.

Nice to have you back.

Bearhunter said...

Heh, it's hard to shake the habit of a lifetime. Well, a childhood anyway. You should head back to Ireland, Swift, your country needs you more than ever. They are in the unique (for Ireland) situation of not knowing who to blame for their troubles. It was so much easier when we could lay everything at the door of Cromwell...