A hymn confirms that the FA Cup final is a matter of life and death

This source preferred by Barry Richards

Authors: Richards, B.

https://theconversation.com/

Publisher: The Conversation UK

Place of Publication: https://theconversation.com/a-hymn-confirms-that-the-fa-cup-final-is-a-matter-of-life-and-death-26359#comment_378627

Why has the singing of a Victorian hymn about death been a part of the pre-match ritual at the FA Cup Final for nearly 90 years? This thinkpiece suggests that its appeal, when sung by or to a mass audience, lies in its power to express the fact of human community. Its words speak of God and faith as the mitigators of death, but its performance on a secular stage points to the role of social membership in 'drawing death's sting'.

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