Hymn lyric frustration


Will someone please tell the writers of hymn lyrics (though most are no longer living) that the word “heaven” is clearly a 2 syllable word. Just because a ” ” is added making the word read “heav’n”, doesn’t mean that this word should suddenly be read/sung as a 1 syllable word. (In fact, “heav’n” still has 2 syllables). Of course, I wouldn’t mind this at all if the lyric writers followed proper verbal immunity etiquette by adding “if you will” or “as it were” or “if you like” or “for lack of a better way of making this word fit the musical measure…”

2 Responses to “Hymn lyric frustration”

  1. bucky Says:

    I’m no theologian, but I’m willing to bet that most, if not all, of the lyricists responsible for the lyrics in hymns have long since departed this existence.

    I suppose since eternal life is, well, eternal, time is a different concept than it is here on the big blue marble, and so meter may not work there like it does here.

  2. joshywoshybigfatposhy Says:

    must’ve been the british guy who came up with ‘secratree’ = secretary, among others.

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