Use of "Slant Rhyme" in Hymns

April 3, 2012

I learned a new poetical concept today: slant rhyme. This term refers to the use of words that do not rhyme exactly, but have enough in common to work in hymn texts.

Here are some of the more interesting words used as slant rhymes that I have found in my recent study of a number of hymnals:

God – flood, blood, stood, abroad, abode

Lord – Word

love – prove, rove, remove

Savior – favor

faith – death

grace – praise; praise – always

Christ – price

perfume – tomb

sacrifice – replies; sacrifice – life

come – womb

obey – away

do – go

come – home

Him – sin; sin – clean

more – storm

oppressed – rest

dire – cry

eyes – price

lost – most

eve – live

name – diadem

proclaim – Lamb

cross – distress

men – train

grave – have

confessed – blest

noon – dome

men – again

alone – home

too – refuse

state – grace

sound – town

name – stream

form – torn

Learning of and understanding this practice is going to make my project of setting many of the Psalms to music much easier!

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2 responses to Use of "Slant Rhyme" in Hymns

  1. The best writers (Watts, Wesley, etc.) use very few of these, if any. I wouldn’t recommend adding too many if you’re going to get them published. Believe me, I’ve tried 🙂