Friday, December 07, 2007

Hark! What are those angels singing?

I find myself a bit confused with the editorial decisions of those who created Hymns for Living when it comes to carols. Number 90, Hark the Herald Angels misses out 'offspring of a virgin's womb' 'born that man no more may die' but keeps in 'Veiled in flesh the Godhead see/Hail the incarnate Deity'. That seems rather trinitarian to me; I can't sing that. I think I'm going to just take the traditional version and use verses 1 and 3.

Later: On closer inspection I've worked out the decision is related to two lines. The editors decided that 'Veiled in flesh the Godhead see/ Hail the incarnate Deity' was preferable to 'Mild he lays his glory by/ Born that we no more may die'. I disagree. I'm including the latter line.

2 Comments:

Blogger Aviano said...

Maybe all of us are incarnate deities or at least little bits of the deity?

12:08 pm  
Anonymous Ant said...

doesn't hymns for living say "hail the INDWELLING deity" not incarnate?

12:14 am  

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