Monday, May 24, 2004

A Verse You Will Never Sing in Church

David Mills, editor at Touchstone, cites the following gem from John Mason Neale's All Glory Laud and Honor:

Be thou, O Lord, the rider
And I the little ass
That to the Holy city
Together we may pass.

Mills comments:
The image is a perfectly good one, but not an image one could safely sing in church. And that Victorian "little" makes it worse. It might be more safely singable if "little" were changed to "quiet." But probably not.

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