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Definition of Hymn


  1. An ode or song of praise or adoration; especially, a religious ode, a sacred lyric; a song of praise or thankgiving intended to be used in religious service; as, the Homeric hymns; Watts' hymns.
  2. To praise in song; to worship or extol by singing hymns; to sing.
  3. To sing in praise or adoration.

Hymn Quotations

In my head, at least, the business of spinning stories has no closing time. Twists in my characters' lives, glimpses of their secrets, obstacles to their dreams... all arrive unbidden when I'm getting cash at the ATM, walking my son to camp, singing a hymn at a wedding.
Julia Glass

Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.
Maria Mitchell

There's an old hymn called 'How Can I Keep from Singing?' That's what writing feels like to me. I have to write. It's intrinsic to who I am. So it was a natural choice for me to try to pursue writing as a career. Truthfully, though, I still daydream about how fun it would be to ride on the back of a garbage truck.
Sarah Addison Allen

A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn.
Madame de Stael

In a long meter hymn, a singer - they call it 'lays out a line.' And then the whole church joins in in repeating that line. And they form a wall of harmony so tight, you can't wedge a pin between it.
Maya Angelou
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Hymn Translations

hymn in Dutch is kerkgezang, hymne
hymn in French is hymne
hymn in German is Komposition, Hymne, Hymne
hymn in Norwegian is salme, hymne
hymn in Spanish is himno
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