The cry of the child for bread reaches further into the universe than peans sung to kings.
His bearing was calm and undemonstrative, while in his bosom the peans of thanksgiving go up to the great White Throne.
Yesterday we bowed the knee to Mars; to-day we join in peans to the Prince of Peace.
1590s, from Latin paean "hymn of deliverance," from Greek paian "hymn, chant, hymn to Apollo," from Paian, a name of the god of healing; originally the physician of the gods (in Homer), later merged with Apollo; literally "one who touches" (i.e. "one who heals by a touch"), from paio "to touch, strike."