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Old 12-26-2006, 06:11 PM
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'Error Pining' in 'O Holy Night'.

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O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining, etc.
O Holy Night lyrics

What does "error pining" in this carol mean? For years now, I have been looking in dictionaries, and never have found a satisfactory definition. To "pine" means to waste away. So what does error pining mean, then?

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Old 12-26-2006, 06:16 PM
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Er...

"Long lay the world in sin and error pining". That is, the world lay pining in sin and error. As in, the world lay wasting away due to doing sinful stuff and doing the wrong thing and shit. I dunno, makes perfect sense to me. What's the problem?
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Old 12-26-2006, 06:18 PM
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To "pine for" means to await with longing. The world was longing for its Saviour's birth.
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Old 12-26-2006, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Cunctator
To "pine for" means to await with longing. The world was longing for its Saviour's birth.
OK, now it actually makes perfect sense to me.
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Old 12-26-2006, 06:21 PM
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Pining doesn't modify error. Sin = being bad. Error = making mistakes. Pining = feeling regretful (it's an older interpretation). In this case, feeling regretful for having sinned and been in error. It's the world that's in sin and error and because of it, is pining.
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Old 12-26-2006, 06:28 PM
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Hang on. Perhaps it's pining for the fjords.

Then again, never mind.
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Old 12-26-2006, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Quiddity Glomfuster
... In this case, feeling regretful for having sinned and been in error. It's the world that's in sin and error and because of it, is pining.
And how nice it is that God, after 4000 years, finally came up with a new method of handling sin and error. Instead of destroying everything except one family He saved everything by only destroying one person, the physical manifestation of Himself. Neato.
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Old 12-26-2006, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Peak Banana
Hang on. Perhaps it's pining for the fjords.

Then again, never mind.
Different song. This is O Holy Night, not O Holy Grail.
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