“What have they done to my favorite hymn?” You may be asking yourself that question after reading the new versions of your old favorites in recent hymnals. “New” is “in” with the multitude of hymnal revisions that have appeared in the last few years. One form of change deals with “archaic language.” Use of the King James Version is giving way to modern translations. As we move away from reading thee and thou, we shouldn’t be surprised that we also move away from praying thee and thou and from singing thee and thou. These simple changes can be …
Larry Roff is editor of the Trinity Hymnal and author of Let Us Sing, a history of the hymnody of the Christian church.