Incurable Word Sleuth in the Choir Loft

Posted by JoAnne French on April 9, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Even in the familiar and beloved songs of the Easter season, there are places where meter and rhyme leave correct grammar behind. Such a glitch was found this weekend in the well-known O Sacred Head Now Wounded. One verse states, And though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine. That first phrase should refer to "I" as the subject of the sentence created, rather than "Thee". Deep meaning is still there, with poetic license.

Singing the Hallelujah Chorus at multiple services reminded me of an interesting version making the rounds on the internet. A great choral background accompanies groups of Alaskan school children shown in an exhausting series of places as the music goes on. They are not singing, but just holding up placards with the words. Representing a school, no less, whoever made the signs was one of those who believe that a word with an "s" requires an apostrophe. So near the end the signs proclaimed King of King's and Lord of Lord's.

One of our choir members would wryly observe, "They should get a better Handel on that!"

Categories: Incurable Word Sleuth

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