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What are some good traditional funeral hymns?

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Some popular traditional funeral hymns include Amazing Grace, Old Rugged Cross, Kum Bah Ya and How Great Thou Art. These hymns are sung at Christian funeral ceremonies.

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Amazing Grace was written by English clergyman John Newton as a recount of the near-death experience that led to his conversion to Christianity. The first verse says "Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see."

Old Rugged Cross is an old Methodist hymn. The refrain of the song goes "So I'll cherish the old rugged cross till my trophies at last I lay down. I will cling to the old rugged cross and exchange it some day for a crown."

Kum Bah Yah is an American folk hymn. The title lyrics mean "Come By Here." Singers repeat the words "Kum Bah Yah, my Lord, Kum Bah Yah" three times, then close the verse by singing "O Lord, Kum Bah Yah." Other verses follow the same pattern, replacing the original repeated words with "Someone's crying, Lord," "Someone's singing, Lord" and "Someone's praying, Lord."

The refrain of the hymn How Great Thou Art repeats the lyrics "Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee. How great Thou art! How great Thou art!"

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