184 - My Song Is Love Unknown

Tune: Love Unknown

I've never figured out what it is that makes this hymn so beautiful.  The text is rather opaque, the rhythm is unequal (stops and starts), and it moves unpredictably from 4 to 6.  But somehow John Ireland has created one of the great hymns of the Christian faith, one which is loved by Anglicans of all stripes -- including me! The poetry is ingenious and kind of sticks with you … My former rector had this sung at his wedding; go figure.