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hymn

Definitions

  • Good Children learning their Hymn
    Good Children learning their Hymn
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hymn praise by singing a hymn "They hymned their love of God"
    • v hymn sing a hymn
    • n hymn a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hymn hĭm An ode or song of praise or adoration; especially, a religious ode, a sacred lyric; a song of praise or thanksgiving intended to be used in religious service; as, the Homeric hymns; Watts' hymns. "Admonishing one another in psalms and hymns .""Where angels first should practice hymns, and string
      Their tuneful harps."
    • v. t Hymn To praise in song; to worship or extol by singing hymns; to sing. "To hymn the bright of the Lord.""Their praise is hymned by loftier harps than mine."
    • v. i Hymn To sing in praise or adoration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hymn In general, a religious ode, song, or other poem: as, the Homeric hymns; the hymns of Pindar. In Christian literature the term covers a wide range of poems, including those that embody not only adoration, thanksgiving, confession, and supplication to God, but also instruction and exhortation for men.
    • n hymn Specifically A metrical formula of public worship, usually designed to be sung by a company of worshipers. The hymns of the ancient Hebrews are technically called psalms. From the early Christian period many traces of hymns remain, as in the Magnificat, Benedictus, etc., in the New Testament, in such references as 1 Cor. xiv. 15, Eph. v. 19, Jas. v. 13, etc., and in the universally recognized Gloria Patri, Gloria in Excelsis, and Te Deum. The long succession of important Greek and Latin hymnists begins with Ephraem Syrus and Hilary of Poitiers (both of the fourth century) respectively, though several productions of known authorship antedate their time. Most of the great medieval Latin hymns were composed as sequences, the most famous being the Dies Iræ. The Roman Catholic Church possesses a large number of such hymns, mostly in Latin. The Reformation in Germany was distinguished by a remarkable outburst of hymns of every description. English hymnody began in the sixteenth century, but was principally confined to metrical versions of the Psalms until the first publication of Isaac Watts (in 1707) and the hymns of Charles and John Wesley. Since then the production of hymns has been constant and significant in both England and America. Medieval and modern hymns are nearly always divided into equal and similar sections of from three to twelve lines or strophes each, which are called stanzas or verses.
    • n hymn In a narrow sense, an extra-Biblical poem of worship: opposed to psalm. Specially used in connection with the discussions about the propriety of using any musical formulæ in public worship which are not directly derived from the Bible.
    • hymn To celebrate or worship in song; address hymns to; salute with song.
    • hymn To express in a hymn; sing as a hymn: as, “hymned thanks,”
    • hymn To sing hymns.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hymn him a song of praise, a metrical formula of public worship
    • v.t Hymn to celebrate in song: to worship by hymns
    • v.i Hymn to sing in adoration
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Quotations

  • Maria Mitchell
    Maria Mitchell
    “Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.”

Idioms

Sing from the same hymn sheet - If people are singing from the same hymn sheet, they are expressing the same opinions in public.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hympne, ympne, F. hymne, OF. also ymne, L. hymnus, Gr. ; perh. akin to web, to weave, and so to E. weave,

Usage

In literature:

Sang hymns to him, I suppose.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
He described it as a hymn without words, which, he said softly, all hymns should be.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
In all three churches, the hymns and tunes were old Methodist hymns and tunes, and well sung.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
The hymns to be sung by the second class are in the Sama-veda-sanhita.
"Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I" by Friedrich Max Müller
Then I borrowed a hymn book from Mrs. Blake and ran down to undergo Aunt Martha's scrutiny.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
After the address came a hymn.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
After the hymn followed prayer by the minister, who was surrounded on the dais by some dozen girls.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
The women standing on the bank wept and wailed till they couldn't sing a hymn.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Between the classic and the Christian hymn, as Matthew Arnold has reminded us, there is a great gulf fixed.
"Horace" by William Tuckwell
They were like hymns and tunes and pieces of poetry.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Then we would rest ourselves, and entertain the crowd, by singing a hymn.
"How I Know God Answers Prayer" by Rosalind Goforth
Every afternoon the wild, sweet hymns rang out over the little cup-like valley in which Brush Arbour church stood.
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
The women carried hymn books, and walked into the church.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
The incense rises in clouds, and the monks chant the funeral hymn.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Indeed it will be more than a hymn I'll be raising to the Lord this night.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
The procession was over, and the choir began the closing hymn.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
Hymn succeeded hymn with fresh and varied pleasure, and her mother could not tire of listening.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Singing, even among the young people was almost entirely confined to hymn-tunes.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
On the chest lay a big Bible, a hymn-book, and several more well-thumbed volumes.
"Crestlands" by Mary Addams Bayne
Can you say many psalms and hymns?
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
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In poetry:

Oh, if I could but sing them,
Could hymn pure Nature's bars,
Those songs would live forever
And echo through the stars.
"Texas" by William Lawrence Chittenden
"And at times methinks their cold lips move
With hymn and prayer,
As if somewhat of awe, but more of love
And hope were there.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
At misty dawn,
At rosy morn,
The Redbreast sings alone:
At twilight dim,
Still, still, his hymn
Hath a sad, and sorrowing tone.
"Song: The Robin" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
And if you would turn my days
To one splendid hymn of praise,
And set hopes like stars above me
Love me much, and always love me!
"Song VI" by Edith Nesbit
Where maidens to the Queen of Heaven
Wove the gay dance round oak or palm,
Or breathed their vows at even
In hymns as soft as balm.
"Eight Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
So, dear my child, kneel at my feet,
And with those voices from above
Share thou this holy time with me,
The universal hymn of love.
"Christmas Morning" by Eugene Field

In news:

Churches To Host Hymn Fest.
Those who attend the event will be encouraged to select hymns to sing.
The hymn -sing is free and open to the public.
Goessel museum plans Sunday hymn sing.
The 'Aggie War Hymn ' might be in need of editing.
Hymn Book splashes to victory in the Frank "Pancho" Martin Stakes.
The congregation singing hymns, hymns sung by the choir and vocal groups, and special readings.
Battle Hymn of the Republic.
People from Abbeville and surrounding counties are invited to join in singing many old hymns not heard since childhood.
IMS Hymn Sing Hustle Description: IMS Hymn Sing Hustle is holding 5k or 1 mile run/walk Saturday, June 23rd on the IMS campus.
A hymn sing will be held at Mt Olivet United Methodist Church, Winchester Grade Road on Sunday, June 24 at 7 p.m.
Tot sings anti-gay hymn in church.
An Indiana pastor is reportedly fielding death threats after footage surfaced of his congregation going wild for a tiny tot singing an anti-gay hymn .
"This is really about enjoying the hymns and we're welcoming people of all faiths.".
Birthplace of 'Battle Hymn .
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