Wednesday January 22nd 2014 Tim
"Frosty wind made moan." You often think
the hymn might have been written by someone in his cups back when Samuel
Pepys was walking around. Actually it was written toward the end
of the nineteenth century, only about a hundred and forty years ago.
Always wondered about the 'made moan' part. One of those things
that sticks to a mind. And, when as a puerile delinquent we'd be
asked to shut up and listen to the choir sing "In the Bleak Mid-Winter,"
there were those amongst us who would yawn.
All very well suggesting 'moan' had to rhyme with 'stone,'
but that sort of thinking is very destructive, completely
lacking any sort of empathy toward a poet and their phrase.
One of the books the poet wrote was a devotional to the
apocalypse, called "The Face of the Deep."
And it goes on for 550 odd
passionate pages. Incidentally the message to Thyatira, in
Revelations, was castigating
the angel for his tolerance and easy going approach to "The
Word," which back in those days was not the way to prepare
for the rapture.