Unusual lines from hymns

When we stop to look at what we are singing in hymns we can often find some unusual lines, or images.

Fr Ian recently compiled a quiz for a priests’ gathering, asking which hymns the following unusual (or not so unusual) lines come, and as bonus can the author of the hymn be named.

See how well you do:

  1. “Gates of hell can never ‘Gainst that Church prevail’
  1. “Singing songs of expectation, Marching to the promised Land.”
  1. “Guard the sailors tossing on the deep blue sea”
  1. “Tower and temple, fall to dust”
  1. “Save us for still the tempest raves, Save, lest we sink beneath the waves”
  1. “And with the morn those angel faces smile”
  1. “The wrath of God was satisfied For every sin on Him was laid”
  1. “bring peculiar honours to our King”
  1. “.. and straightway that celestial choir in hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire”
  1. ““Bring your harps and bring your odours”  (a version of a still used hymn) 
  1. “Naked come to thee for dress”
  1. “When in the sultry glebe I faint”
  1. “But at last came a King who had greed in his eyes And he lusted for treasure with fraud and with lies” (For this one question say the next three words of this hymn)
  1. “And one was a doctor, and one was a queen,”  is a line in the hymn “I sing a song of the saints of God” by Lesbia Scott. Using your own choice of words could you complete the line from the hymn –


You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea,

in church, or ………..

Answers will be given in the comments below, or you are welcome to add other unusual lines there too.

For the second part of the quiz click here


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3 Responses to Unusual lines from hymns

  1. Fliss says:

    The manuscript is ‘Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh…’
    1) from Onward Christian soldiers

  2. Fliss says:

    The manuscript is ‘Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh…’
    1) from Onward Christian soldiers
    2) Through the night of doubt and sorrow
    5) Sweet Sacrament divine
    8) Jesus shall reign wherere the sun
    10) Come ye faithful raise the anthem

    That’s it! A poor attempt but a few blasts from the past.

  3. Richard says:

    Some of these were really too easy for people of a certain age although probably less common now.

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