In the Key of Christ by Anthony Esolen

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Anthony Esolen on Christian Hymns

In the Key of Christ

I have been wondering why I don’t care for the lyrics to modern hymns. Now, I’m not speaking of the smugly heretical, as in the truly embarrassing “Sing a New Church into Being,” or makin’-out-with-Jesus stuff, as in “Come Back to Me (Hosea).” I mean the lyrics to which one cannot object, because all they are is an unrhymed English rendering of one of the psalms. There’s something missing.

One might respond, “Yes, the art is missing,” and that’s true as far as it goes, because the artistic balance and parallelism of the . . .