In the chorister’s thread, some discussion has come up (okay, it’s been mostly me) about under-rated hymns. I think that this is an interesting enough subject to deserve its own thread.
As Nate and others point out, the hymn book has a number of problem hymns –unsingable, unplayable, and possibly in the book for political reasons. At the same time, there are a number of great hymns in there that I rarely or never hear sung in church. A few of those are:
O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown — see my comments on it here.
Saints Behold How Great Jehovah — a nice restoration hymn with a catchy, fun melody and fun movement in the men’s parts. It kind of reminds me of For the Beauty of the Earth or Come, Ye Children of the Lord, both of which I like (if for no other reason, because the men’s part doesn’t consist of D-D-D-D-A-A-A-A — see We Thank Thee O God For a Prophet).
Come Unto Him — there’s really nothing else like this in the hymn book. It’s intensely personal and narrative in form; the music is also unlike the typical Evan Stephens (not that Stephens is bad or anything — but this is totally different).
For All the Saints — a great hymn from a non-LDS hymn tradition; unfortunately, it gets avoided.
All Glory, Laud and Honor. This one actually does get sung every once in a while, but not nearly as much as it should. This one is also unlike any other in the book — its age (1300 years old) make it a unique experience.
There are many others — what do readers think are the underrated hymns? Please, let’s stick with hidden gems, not well-known, well-loved hymns. I’m sure there are more out there . . .