A hymn ( from Ancient Greek ὕμνος hymnos " Tongefüge " ) or a hymn ( German regression with gender change from the plural: hymns) is a solemn price and praise. The hymn is an expression of high enthusiasm and knows no formal regularities. Further, it is written in free verse and has no rhyme or solid strophic. The anthem is related to the Ode.

Scientifically, the term is considered in the hymnology.


  • Especially in ancient times it was a solemn hymn, which was usually presented to the cithara and the heroes, gods and nature worship served.
  • In late antiquity and the Middle Ages it was a unanimous and vielstrophige spiritual song form that will take place in Gregorian chant to the present day use in the Liturgy of the Hours of the Roman Catholic liturgy.
  • In the Protestant church music Rudolf Mauersberger created the form of a funeral hymn (Cycle Dresden, 1945-1950, 1955 ended in the funeral hymn " How the city is desolate ").
  • In poetry, it is an ode comparable poem ( hymn of praise ), see also Hymn ( poem ).
  • Later (since Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock ) is designated as a solemn hymn - born poem with a serious, contemplative begeisterndem or content.
  • Anthem is also the acronym for the National or State anthem.
  • There are also corporate anthems, club anthems, colors, songs, club anthems, party anthems, party anthems, etc.
  • In the criticism or the reviews of the journalistic feature articles unqualified judgments about artists and their creations or works are referred to as ( praise ) hymns. ( In contrast to the slating )