A hymn is a type of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of adoration or prayer, and typically addressed to a deity or deities, or to a prominent figure or personification. The word hymn derives from Greek ὕμνος (hymnos), which means "a song of praise". A writer of hymns is known as a hymnist. The singing or composition of hymns is called hymnody. Collections of hymns are known as hymnals or hymn books. Hymns may or may not include instrumental accompaniment.
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- I sing the hymn of the conquered, who fell in the battle of life,
The hymn of the wounded, the beaten who died overwhelmed in the strife;
Not the jubilant song of the victors for whom the resounding acclaim
Of nations was lifted in chorus whose brows wore the chaplet of fame,
But the hymn of the low and the humble, the weary, the broken in heart,
Who strove and who failed, acting bravely a silent and desperate part.
- William Wetmore Story, Io Victis (1883).
- The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Archived from the original on 2007-12-15.
- Hymnary.org.—Extensive database of hymns and hymnology resources; incorporates the Dictionary of North American Hymnology
- Hymns Without Words - a collection of freely downloadable recordings of classic hymns for use in congrgational singing.
- The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
- Examples of Byzantine Music for Hymns.—2000 pages of hymns in both staff and neumatic notation
- HistoricHymns.com.—Site with extensive hymn searching tools