22 FEBRUARY 1952, Page 18

The Broadcast Service SIR,—I hope I am only one of

many who will disagree with Janus's lament that " Abide with me " was not included in the broadcast memorial service to the late King. Has Janus counted the number of times the words " me " and " my " occur in this hymn ? We get quite enough subjective hymns from the B.B.C.'s religious depart- ment; on this occasion they are to be congratulated on keeping the service free from the mawkish sentimentality that so often disfigures great national religious observances.—Yours faithfully, HERBERT BYARD.

Department of Music, University of Bristol, Royal Fort, Bristol, 8.