Hymns and worms: an aside.

Have you ever heard of an ‘ear worm’? It’s when you get a tune or a phrase of music stuck in your brain that won’t leave. A friend of mine once said that the best way to get rid of them is to sing “Lord have mercy” as we do in the litanies – and it certainly works. Today however, I found myself singing the hymn from the black and white version of The Bishop’s Wife – one of my favourite films from many years ago, when I found myself watching television over an interminable Christmas break. I managed to track down the hymn and it is actually very beautiful. One to add to my list of ‘happy worms’ that I don’t mind humming (although my daughter may not agree!).

 

O Sing To God, composed by Charles Gounod Dec. 1, 1885 and lyrics by Rev. B. Webb

O sing to God your hymns of gladness
Ye loving hearts your tribute pay
Your Lord is born this happy day
Then pierce the sky with songs of gladness
Disperse the shades of gloom and sadness
The Lord is born this happy day
O sing to God your hymns of gladness
O sing to God your hymns of gladness
Ye loving hearts your tribute pay
Your Lord is born this happy day
Then pierce the sky with songs of gladness
Disperse the shades of gloom and sadness
Your Lord is born this happy day
O sing to God your hymns of gladness
O Word of God for us incarnate
O Word of God for us incarnate
By faith we hear thine angels sing
Thy blessed angels sing their hymns
Thine angels sing of praise to thee their King
We join with them in adoration
We join with them in adoration
We pour to thee our supplication
That Thou would grant us, Lord, salvation.

 

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