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- adj. of, or relating to hymns
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Relating to hymns, or sacred lyrics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to hymns; of the character of a hymn; lyric.
- n. A hymn-like composition.
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Be that as it may, John is usually thought to be written relatively late, and so I'm wondering why John's prologue is getting so much attention, when it is a hymnic introduction, while the other Gospels that seem more promising places to look for historical data seem to have dropped out of the discussion.
I wouldn't dare to allow a poetic/hymnic passage like this trump Paul's clear prosaic statements, such as 1 Corinthians 15:24-28,45-46.
Even if it isn't, it has some hymnic/poetic features; on the other hand, it seems to give expression to the sort of "Adamic Christology" that surfaces in Paul's writings at key moments.
All corners of the vast hymnic field have been drawn on.
Passing over the question of the historical origins of those various species of poetry, such as the relation of early hymnic songs and hero-songs to the epic, and the relation of narrative material and method to the drama, let us try to arrange in some sort of order the kinds of poetry with which we are familiar.
The Ambrosian hymns remained the type of all the hymnic poetry of succeeding centuries.
The insight that mystery, -- the Mystery, as such is final, is the hymnic word.
At his pleasures he is anti-hymnic, repellent to song.
It would be easy to adduce, from the book before us, examples of each of the foregoing forms of hymnic excellence, and perhaps also occasional instances of failure; for what human production is perfect?
Along with Erhart Hegenwalt's hymnic version of Psalm 51, Luther's expanded hymn was also adopted for use with the fifth part of Luther's catechism, concerning confession.