Over at the blog Semicolon, the author is counting down the favorite one hundred "hymns" determined by the survey she conducted last month, to which some of us here contributed our favorite ten. Total number of responders has not yet been revealed; her goal was to have one hundred, but we only know there were more than sixty.
I still haven't posted my full ten, but here's much of the list (the ones I have already written about during the first seventeen months of the blog).
10. Jerusalem the golden
9. Abide with me, fast falls the eventide
8. Spirit of God, descend upon my heart
6. O worship our God
5. The spacious firmament on high
4. Who are these like stars appearing
2. Love divine, all loves excelling
This is what I submitted a few weeks ago; looking at it today I would probably shuffle it a little.
Numbers 91 - 101 (there was a three-way tie for last place) of the Semicolon survey have been posted as of this writing. Of course, the results will be related to the people who responded, and the hymns, gospel songs, and contemporary worship music loved by those respondents. Thus far the results are more heavily weighted toward the latter two than toward hymns per se, but we can't really tell whether that will remain true for the ninety remaining selections. I do suspect, however, that as many as five of my own top ten didn't make the overall one hundred.
The three missing hymns above will be revealed over the next few weeks. A few clues:
Number three has already appeared in Semicolon's top one hundred. The fact that it was so far down says something about the rest of my list, I think. I was saving this one until the composer's birthday next year, but now we'll see it sooner.
Number seven probably would also have waited for the composer's birthday (one that I have not yet marked in the last two years). It also happens to be on commenter Leland Bryant Ross's top ten list, posted on his blog.
Number one... well, there are no clues that I can think of. You either know what it is, or you don't. I'll tell, eventually (though it is apparently still under copyright in the US).
One Year Ago: Saint Barnabas