Note they confine their affirmation to “hymns only, and not anthems, hymns being defined as those sacred songs that are written in poetic meter.” They miss the fact that in their first post, nine of the ten pieces listed are actually in the traditional Catholic form of propers. In other words, not hymns.
Note also the choices of the voters: mostly American choices in the first list; only two in the second. Should we question the patriotism of the First Things staff? Or their America-centric perspective? Or the general embitterment of the American Right?
That said, good catch on today’s numbers three and four, even if these were from the British Isles. We did #3 last week at the Loras College Conference for Thursday’s morning prayer.