Now the PC brigade wants to re-write our Christmas carols it screams. Do they? Do they really (whoever they are)?
The story is about Nic Robinson, who went to his 13-year-old daughter's school carol service and was singing 'Hark! The Hearld Angels Sing' when, shock:
he noticed that in verse two the line 'Pleased as man with man to dwell' was changed to 'Pleased with us in flesh to dwell' on the printed sheet.
Disgraceful. You can't even say 'man' any more.
The man (oh, you can say it) added:
'It's such a shame that things which are so well established are being changed for no reason at all. It makes me angry because I love the traditions around Christmas and the church.'A weird over-reaction to a slight lyric change in a 270-year-old song. But is it right?
This is, after all, a PC gone mad story in the Mail and they haven't worked out too well recently.
They haven't done much research on this one either. A quick Google search reveals that the 'Hark!' lyrics on Hymnsite, Christmas Carol Music and many, many, many other sites contain the very same evil PC words.
Joyful Heart suggests that references to 'in flesh to dwell' appear in the Bible in:
John 1:14; Romans 1:3; 8:3; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:7-8; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:3; 2:9-11; 1 John 4:2-3; 2 John 1:7; Revelation 22:16
Yes, those PC fiends have gone and replaced the lyrics with phrases and references from the Bible. How dare they!
The man who complained is, says the Mail, a music teacher. He should, perhaps, have known that the original version was written by Charles Wesley in 1739 and then:
rewritten by George Whitefield (1714-1770) in 1753 (changing the first two lines), and by Reverend Martin Madan (1726-1790) in 1760 (changing lines seven and eight). Other changes occurred in 1782, 1810, and 1861.
In fact, Wesley's original first line - changed by Whitefield - was:
Hark how all the Welkin rings
So why isn't he complaining about that? In fact, the Mail adds:
Mr Robinson said he did not know who changed the words
But it certainly wasn't that 'PC brigade.'