in sin and error, pining

Discussion in 'English Only' started by veracity, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. veracity

    veracity Senior Member


    A religious expression in connection to Christmas.
    What is pining? (craving, longing?)

    Miriam Toews: A Complicated Kindness.

    "He always signs off his Christmas cards to people with: In Sin and Error, Pining... Raymond."

    Would you explain it?

    Thank you.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2010
  2. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod (English Only)

    It should be "in sin and error, pining". It's a quote from "O Holy Night", a popular Christmas song often sung as a solo during Christmas services.

    Here are the opening lines of one of the English lyrics to the song:

    O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
    It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
    Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
    Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

    Here is additional information on the carol.
  3. veracity

    veracity Senior Member

    Yes, pining. Please correct it in the title. Thanks.
  4. veracity

    veracity Senior Member

    Please take me closer to the meaning of pining. (from pin or pine?)
  5. veracity

    veracity Senior Member

    Sorry, problem solved. Pine.

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