An unbeliever can enjoy a good hymn as much as the next man, as many have testified. (G.B. Shaw, D.H. Lawrence, Kingsley Amis, and E.O Wilson come to mind. Not sure about Bert Russell; but the religious side of his family were some minimalist nonconformist sect IIRC, and so probably disapproved of hymns anyway.)
This week is Fleet Week in New York City. I attended a Fleet Week function on Wednesday, watched the ships sailing up the Hudson, and hobnobbed with some naval and USMC personnel — most enjoyable and instructive.
At no point, however, did I get to hear the Navy Hymn, which is in my personal Top Five. I cannot let this stand.