Phrases with "hymn"

When I remember the good times I’ve had I could sing a hymn of praise. Greenmantle by John Buchan

It wasn’t a hymn she was singing, but poetry, lovely poetry, and me and my mother stands gaping up, and all of a tremble. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

James Joyce The radiant image of the eucharist united again in an instant his bitter and despairing thoughts, their cries arising unbroken in a hymn of thanksgiving. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Benjamin Disraeli Hark to shrill chanticleer’s feathered rival! The mountain lark springs from the sullen earth, and welcomes with his hymn the coming day. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

The hymn followed him faintly as he crossed the fields: he hastened his customary sharp pace, that he might get beyond its reach. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Guy de Maupassant At the school, the girls arranged themselves under the Sister of Mercy, and the boys under the schoolmaster, and they started off, singing a hymn as they went. La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Andrew Lang There he sowed the grain that is the bread of man, chanting the hymn used at seed-time, calling on the mother earth to make the green herb spring, and on Ukko to send down clouds and rain. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling He began to sing a hymn in his thin voice, and I came out wi’ a chorus that was all cussin’ an’ swearin’ at my horses, an’ I began to know how I hated him. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Andrew Lang Traces remain of the worship of animals: there is a hymn to the bear; a dance like the bear-dance of the American Indians; and another hymn tells of the birth and power of the serpent. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang Many voices joined in, and a hymn of praise was sung; then he heard the priest again, and heard his own name and that of the princess, and thought that he was being wedded to her. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

When he returned to his seat, the assistant bishops, including the consecrator, remained standing till the hymn was concluded. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle Two companies of them, towsy-headed and bare-legged, but loud in hymn and prayer, had come out from their fastnesses to help the Protestant cause. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

E. F. Benson It would be quite short, a few prayers, the general thanksgiving, a hymn (‘Fierce raged the tempest o’er the deep’), and a few words from himself. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Henry Kingsley As of old, sitting beneath the carved oak screen, she heard the sweet simple harmony of the evening hymn roll up, and die in pleasant echoes among the lofty arches overhead. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Thomas Hardy Swithin St. Cleeve lingered on at his post, until the more sanguine birds of the plantation, already recovering from their midwinter anxieties, piped a short evening hymn to the vanishing sun. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

The hymn ceased as suddenly as it had begun, and then, from among the white-robed monks beside the throne, a man stepped forth with a paper in his hand. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle A hymn is always best, though there is no real objection to secular music. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Willa Cather Lily trailed the hymn through half a dozen verses with great effect. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

The unction with which he gave out a hymn and read the collects showed that in his own estimation he had a call for the work in which he most delighted. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

D. H. Lawrence On a doorstep somewhere a man was singing loudly, in a drawl: “Lead, kindly Light.” Mrs. Morel was always indignant with the drunken men that they must sing that hymn when they got maudlin. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Doubtless this stern hymn was singing itself, as he formed it, through the soul of Burns, but to the external ear it should be sung with the throat of the whirlwind. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Andrew Lang The hymn called ‘breath’ or haha, a hymn to the mystic wind, is pronounced by Maori priests at the moment of the initiation of young men in the tribal mysteries. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Nathaniel Hawthorne When the preliminary prayer and hymn were over, the minister arose, and, having turned the hour-glass which stood by the great Bible, commenced his discourse. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Edith Wharton When she bent over her hymn book her lowered lids reminded him again of marble eye-balls; the bony hands clasping the book were bloodless. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

It seemed as if all nature were weeping for John Mortonson. When the minister had finished his eulogy with prayer a hymn was sung and the pall-bearers took their places beside the bier. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Charles Dickens He is a coarse, hard-faced man of forbidding aspect, clad in rusty black, and bearing in his hand a small plain Bible from which he selects some passage for his text, while the hymn is concluding. Sunday Under Three Heads by Charles Dickens [1836]

At first I concluded it to be a religious procession; but it was not a hymn — the air was gayer. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

D. H. Lawrence But she went on all right till the hymn came. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett A hymn was sung, and then all knelt, some spreading handkerchiefs on the dusty floor to protect fine trousers, and the chairman invoked the blessing of God on their discussions. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Zona Gale The hymn was done and the women were seating themselves, as St. George with beating heart took his way up the aisle. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

The vicar gave out a New Year’s hymn two minutes after this last arrival, and the congregation rose. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

John Ruskin There is no other choice; you must either take dust for deity, spectre for possession, fettered dream for life, and for epitaph, this reversed verse of the great Hebrew hymn of economy (Psalm cxii. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

The air was Haydn’s “New-Created World,” and, old and drooping as humanity had become, the world yet fresh as at creation’s day, might still be worthily celebrated by such an hymn of praise. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Come, to measure your hymn rehearse. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Arthur Conan Doyle Then the audience rose and sang their final farewell hymn — a hymn with a haunting tune and a sad, sweet refrain of “God keep you safely till we meet once more. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Sinclair Lewis May be made into a charming sacred song by substituting the hymn words, ‘I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.’ ” Even manual training was adequately considered. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Throughout the entire incident, Mozart’s hymn continued to be played. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

E. F. Benson Major Flint came in just before the first hymn was over, and held his top-hat before his face by way of praying in secret, before he opened his hymn-book. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

George Borrow Antonio goes to fetch them, and he now stands alone by the marble fountain, singing a wild song, which I believe to be a hymn of his beloved Greek church. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

William Makepeace Thackeray You have a very fair voice, and I heard you and the maids singing a hymn very sweetly the other night, and was thankful that our humble household should be in such harmony. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

He began to sing to a hymn tune a strange ditty. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Rudyard Kipling That, indeed, is practically certain because a beginner from the Low Countries has tried his reed on a few lines of some monkish hymn — not a bad lilt tho’— which must have been common form. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

James Joyce Our broken cries and mournful lays Rise in one eucharistic hymn Are you not weary of ardent ways? While sacrificing hands upraise The chalice flowing to the brim. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Steele Rudd They took the hint and rose clumsily to their feet, but just then the hymn closed, and, as no one seemed to know when to sit again, they remained standing. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Arnold Bennett The hymn was one of his earliest recollections, but it had never occurred to him to be curious as to its authorship. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Rudyard Kipling Sing a hymn to him, and see if he can stand it. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Willa Cather Between the first and second parts, in this edition, there was inserted the Dies Iræ hymn in full. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Arthur Machen He sent some specimens of his skill to an “artistic firm” in London; a verse of the “Maud,” curiously emblazoned, and a Latin hymn with the notes pricked on a red stave. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Standing at this rear corner of the house, he caught the droning sound of Alice’s voice, humming a hymn to herself as she went about her kitchen work. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Charles Dickens The hour striking while I was there, some twenty sang a hymn in parts, and sang it by no means ill; pursuing their work meanwhile. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

H. G. Wells He took me home to cold supper with his family on several Sunday nights and I participated in some lusty hymn singing. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

I see them, heed them, hear them not! I know that there will be music in my voice, for it is a hymn that I pour to thee. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

The whole assemblage sprang up, and, under the guidance of these two powerful leading voices, thundered the hymn out as Octavius had never heard it before. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Partly it was a sort of hymn to the wisdom and majesty of Big Brother, but still more it was an act of self-hypnosis, a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Zona Gale Then swiftly she caught up a hymn book, tore at its fly-leaf, and made the movement of writing. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

She was not alone: a portly genial-looking old man stood by her side, and accompanied her to the church-porch when the hymn was over. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Then there was a sudden glory, and birds, beasts, and insects broke into a vociferous chorus, the tuneless hymn which ascends daily without a discord. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Mark Twain There was a hymn book, and a lot of other books. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling While we discussed the thickening traffic with the superiority that comes of having a high level reserved to ourselves, we heard (and I for the first time) the morning hymn on a Hospital boat. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Now, it may be hallucination, but I’ve a feeling that the three facts I thought I invented were in some infinitely recondite way connected with a hymn tune. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

But with the hymn they recovered a little. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

George Gissing Yet I know not; just now the bells were playing ‘There is a happy land, far, far away,’ and that hymn makes too great a demand upon the imagination to soothe amid instant miseries. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Rudyard Kipling For example, they did not often gather together with harps and rebecks to celebrate their national glories, or to hymn their national heroes. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

D. H. Lawrence The hymn rambled on outside, all the men singing their best, having forgotten everything else under the spell of the fiddles and the tune. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Gustave Flauber A German, who was nearly blind, sang a hymn celebrating that promontory in Scandinavia where the gods were wont to appear with halos around their heads. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

After nearly an hour had elapsed, whilst a hymn was being sung, Joseph, more to himself than to his mother, said: “Can I escape?” “Escape what? Wretch?” inquired the widowed lady. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Thomas Hardy The hymn is getting about everywhere this Easter.” As he walked humming the air on his way home, Jude fell to musing on its composer, and the reasons why he composed it. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Gustave Flauber The slaves, meanwhile, with tunics tucked up, were going about on tiptoe; from time to time a hymn sounded on the lyres, or a choir of voices rose. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

It is a Persian fire-worshipper’s hymn to the sun. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They shared a hymn book for that final, wonderful hymn. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

William Makepeace Thackeray Strolling about the town in the balmy summer evening, I heard the sweet tones of a hymn from the people in the Presbyterian praying-house. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Arthur Morrison The hymn went quavering to an end, and the preacher in charge, a small, bright-eyed man with rebellious hair and a surprisingly deep voice, announced that Brother Spyers would offer a prayer. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Arthur Conan Doyle The hymn died away and all was silence and tense expectancy once more. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

William Makepeace Thackeray It was a hymn about heaven, with a chorus of “Oh that will be joyful, joyful,” and one of the verses beginning, “Little children will be there. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

We left the house at last to the music of the national hymn of Spain, which struck up as we past through the gallery. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

I distinctly remember repeating a hymn by heart for him, my mother on the other side of the fireplace, prompting: then I got him to dance me a little more, which was all I wanted. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

This evening’s service will be brought to a conclusion by singing the hymn “Lo, He comes, in clouds descending!”’ ‘You’ve had your pennyworth. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

It is not sunlight on the water; it is a hymn chanted to the nymph who hearkens and awakes below. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Charles Dickens Many of those who were banded together to support the religion of their country, even unto death, had never heard a hymn or psalm in all their lives. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

John Galsworthy The hymn was over, the prelate had begun to deliver his discourse. To Let by John Galsworthy

Violent hysterics and convulsions seized many of them, and when the tumult was at the highest, the priest who remained above, again gave out a hymn as if to drown it. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Those who disapproved of the conduct of the singers, and sided with the minister, remained seated till the hymn was finished. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Charles Dickens The hymn was then sung, in good time and tune and unison, and its effect was very striking. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Andrew Lang A Tartar hymn by a Tartar servant, an Islamite, had no accompaniment, but the Freischutz was warmly encored. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Arnold Bennett The superintendent minister opened his hymn-book, and the hymn was sung which had been sung in Wesleyan Chapels on New Year’s morn since the era of John Wesley himself. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Early in this century it occurred to somebody to hymn a son of George the Third for his double merit in having been born, and going to a ball. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell The hymn was ended, and the men had drawn off before I could stir. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

And so the day wore itself out at last; and after a hymn had been shrieked the children were dismissed, and Ruth and Molly at length drove away. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

The sailor sings it out like the first line of a hymn in short metre, doled out by the parish clerk. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Second, I’ve got a hazy intuition that the thing, if it is really in my memory, is somehow mixed up with a hymn tune. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

George Gissing Would not her song be then the most glorious? Not with her own voice, but with the voice of very love, would she utter her hymn of gladness and worship. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Thomas Hardy On your own account don’t! We were too free, under the influence of that morbid hymn and the twilight. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Virginia Woolf He might have been composing a hymn to the unhasting and unresting march of that divinity. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

James Joyce He wrote a hymn for Maundy Thursday. It begins with the words PANGE LINGUA GLORIOSI. They say it is the highest glory of the hymnal. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Arnold Bennett Mr. Povey was playing a hymn tune on the harmonium, it having been decided that no one should go to chapel. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Isn’t that the way the hymn runs? Wonderfully true, isn’t it? You’ll accept our apologies, Mr. Storefield, I trust. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

D. H. Lawrence And still the hymn rolled on, and still she laughed. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis He remembered that she had maintained he was the best singer she had ever heard; that Jim Lefferts had admitted, “You certainly can make that hymn dope sound as if it meant something. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

He repeated to her the hymn Mitty had taught him, “When little Samiwell awoke,” and mentioned Charles to her with high esteem. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Henry Kingsley Below us, in the valley, a mob of jackasses were shouting and laughing uproariously, and a magpie was chanting his noble vesper hymn from a lofty tree. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Fanny Fern Still, the little hymn was chanted at dawn, the little prayer lisped at dew-fall; still, that gentle breathing mingled with the happy mother’s star-lit dreams. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

On one of those nights that she expected Melmoth, he found her employed in her usual hymn to the Virgin, which she accompanied on her lute. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Isabella Bird A chapter from the Bible, read aloud by the teacher, followed, and a hymn beautifully sung, when the pupils filed off as before to the sound of music. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]