I know there are a couple of Doctor Who viewers here at least; in the United States, the new episodes are running a scant few months after their original BBC run, so this open thought goes out to my UK readers, too. But there might be a mild spoiler for some of you, so be warned.
First, there were the two hymns featured in Gridlock which I mentioned a few week back.
Now, tonight in Human Nature, we hear one of my favorite hymns, John Bunyan’s “He Who Would Valiant Be” which you may find in another version at #106 in the Singing the Living Tradition hymnal. There is a terrible, foreshadowing pun in it, missing in the Unitarian Universalist version should you be inclined to look.
The First World War subtext makes me quite sad, as the last remembering traces of that generation passes away. Such horrible loss, such a horrible waste that war.
Incidentally, another hymn, also from the period, used for the start of term in English boarding schools, might have been appropriate for the episode. As far as I know, only the Unitarian Universalists have kept it in current use. Which one? “Rank by Rank,” of course.