Paean: (peen) n. A song of joyful praise or exaltation.
From Etymology Online:
1592, from L. paean "hymn of deliverance," from Gk. paian "hymn to Apollo," from Paian, a name of the god; originally the physician of the gods (in Homer), later merged with Apollo; lit. "one who touches," from paio "to touch, strike."
I most recently heard this word at a Tom Rush concert in Annapolis. Tom was describing an attempt a few years ago by the town of Gillette, Wyoming, to get some publicity by sponsoring a coyote-shooting contest. As Tom said, "They got national, and internation, bad press." He then sang a song from his new CD, Trolling for Owls, called "A Cowboy's Paean." [MP3] [RealAudio] One can rest assured that the double-entendre is intentional!