From Weekly Column by Fr.George Rutler for January 29, 2017
C.S. Lewis did not care much for hymns, which he said were usually fifth-rate poetry set to fourth-rate music.
Sad but true.
Exceptions include the great works of Charles Wesley, John Mason Neale, John Henry Newman, and the like. Those were sturdy adaptations of classical theology set to splendid tunes. As such, they stand out from the bad verse and banal tunes that have descended on congregations from the culturally bleak 1970’s onwards