Don't they get their Bardic Inspiration back on a short rest from 5th level on?
RAW, if the bard picks a target, the hymn ends at the start of the bard's next turn. whether or not the hymn was actually used is irrelevant.If no one gets a benefit from a hymn, can they continue it for free? If no attacker had disadvantage due to OR, or no one could heal at the start of their turn with SoC, for whatever reason, does it carry over for free?
tradition, i think. 5e bards get plant growth and heat metal, which are commonly associated with druids, which follows because bards were originally introduced as the result of a really bizarre fighter/thief/druid multiclass back in AD&D.I also think the Bard spell list is missing some spells, like Command seems to fit them and Hold Person but with song. Equally, why do they have Plant Growth, Heat Metal, and a few others?