28 June 2009

I know my focus should not be so easily distracted during a religious ceremony, but..

...I can't help but chuckle when I see --in contemporary hymnals that try to squeeze in as many hymns as possible -- lyrics that 1) are not broken into stanzas but 2) retain all the original capitalizations that only make sense if the words begin lines.

Such inconsistency leads to lyrics like this in the second verse of the hymn "Lift High the Cross":

Each newborn servant of the Crucified Bears on the brow the seal of Him Who died.

The "Crucified Bears"?

Are they anything like the "Care Bears," the "Berenstain Bears," or the "Three Bears"?

Is it too much to ask publishers to spend just a little editing effort to make it a lower case "b" since they're not bothering to print the songs in the intended stanzaic form?

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