The one that I usually remember as missing (because I find it most annoying -- hey, it's my #2 hymn!) is the second stanza of Love divine, all loves excelling. I suppose it may be left out sometimes because the Wesley brothers themselves left it out of one of their later collections, but I'm not sure of what other reasons might be considered.
This morning, three of the five hymns we sang only had three stanzas. There are, of course, hymns that really only have three, but I knew that each of these three were written with more.
Now, it turns out that two of the five stanzas of that last one are generally left out, but three definitely seems short for the other two.
And, to be fair, the two other hymns were as complete as they usually are:
I guess it was just more noticable today because those first two are pretty well known across several denominations, and it's too bad that we don't get to sing them as completely as others do.
I want all the verses!
P.S. The title of this entry can be found here (though of course it has nothing to do with shorter hymns).