302 - They Did Not Build in Vain
Tune: Little Cornard
OMG, this is one of the most egregious examples of a bad match of tune and text. The text on its own is fine, and the tune is absolutely superb. But hymn tunes have a rhyme scheme that is intrinsic to the music. In this case, the shape of the melody fits perfectly with a rhyme scheme of AABBCC. The text here seems to be ABCADD, sort of. The lack of strong internal text rhymes to match the strong internal musical cadences make this text a seriously crappy fit.
In former hymnals, this tune was associated with the wonderful Advent text "Hills of the North, Rejoice". Too bad that text was left out of Common Praise.