Academic journal article The Hymn

Letter to the Editor

Academic journal article The Hymn

Letter to the Editor

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May 15, 2017

I read with great interest the feature on favorite hymns by Fellows of The Hymn Society in the Winter, 2017 issue.

Sometime in the late 1970s (I still have the clipping but it is undated), the Virginia Methodist Advocate, as it was then called, ran a short feature entitled "Over-60s Pick Favorite Hymns." This poll was taken among people over the age of 60 at the Indiana State Fair, sponsored by the Indiana Council of Churches, which had a booth at the Senior Citizen Building at the fair.

I shared the article with my mother, who shared it with her Sunday school class. One woman guessed all ten titles correctly, and as I remember it, even in the correct order. The poll's results:

1. O Lord, my God/How Great Thou Art

2. I come to the garden alone/In the Garden

3. On a hill far away/The Old Rugged Cross

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