O Dearest Jesus (Herzliebster Jesus) – Organ

Lyrics ~ 15 verses

Suitable for: Lent, Passiontide, Good Friday

1. O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken
That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken?
Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession,
What dark transgression?

2. They crown Thy head with thorns, they smite, they scourge Thee;
With cruel mockings to the cross they urge Thee;
They give Thee gall to drink, they still decry Thee;
They crucify Thee.

3. Whence come these sorrows, whence this mortal anguish?
It is my sins for which Thou, Lord, must languish;
Yea, all the wrath, the woe, Thou dost inherit,
This I do merit.

4. What punishment so strange is suffered yonder!
The Shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander;
The Master pays the debt His servants owe Him,
Who would not know Him.

5. The sinless Son of God must die in sadness;
The sinful child of man may live in gladness;
Man forfeited his life and is acquitted;
God is committed.

6. There was no spot in me by sin untainted;
Sick with sin’s poison, all my heart had fainted;
My heavy guilt to hell had well-nigh brought me,
Such woe it wrought me.

7. O wondrous love, whose depth no heart hath sounded,
That brought Thee here, by foes and thieves surrounded!
All worldly pleasures, heedless, I was trying
While Thou wert dying.

8. O mighty King, no time can dim Thy glory!
How shall I spread abroad Thy wondrous story?
How shall I find some worthy gifts to proffer?
What dare I offer?

9. For vainly doth our human wisdom ponder—-
Thy woes, Thy mercy, still transcend our wonder.
Oh, how should I do aught that could delight Thee!
Can I requite Thee?

10. Yet unrequited, Lord, I would not leave Thee;
I will renounce whate’er doth vex or grieve Thee
And quench with thoughts of Thee and prayers most lowly
All fires unholy.

11. But since my strength will nevermore suffice me
To crucify desires that still entice me,
To all good deeds, oh, let Thy Spirit win me
And reign within me!

12. I’ll think upon Thy mercy without ceasing,
That earth’s vain joys to me no more be pleasing;
To do Thy will shall be my sole endeavor
Henceforth forever.

13. Whate’er of earthly good this life may grant me.
I’ll risk for Thee; no shame, no cross, shall daunt me.
I shall not fear what man can do to harm me
Nor death alarm me.

14. But worthless is my sacrifice, I own it;
Yet, Lord, for love’s sake Thou wilt not disown it;
Thou wilt accept my gift in Thy great meekness
Nor shame my weakness.

15. And when, dear Lord, before Thy throne in heaven
To me the crown of joy at last is given,
Where sweetest hymns Thy saints forever raise Thee,
I, too, shall praise Thee.

Originally a German hymn by Johann Heermann (1585-1647), translated by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878), this contemplative hymns is often used on Good Friday.. Public Domain.

Recording

  • Tune: Herzliebster Jesu, composed by Johann Crüger (1598 – 1662). Public Domain
  • Meter: 11 11 11 5
  • Performance ℗ 2020 Richard M.S. Irwin, All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900140

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Oft In Danger, Oft In Woe (University College) – Organ

Lyrics – 5 verses

Suitable for: Lent, Pilgrimage

Oft in danger, oft in woe,
Onward, Christians, onward go;
Bear the toil, maintain the strife,
Strengthened with the bread of life.

Onward, Christians, onward go,
Join the war, and face the foe;
Will ye flee in danger’s hour?
Know ye not your Captain’s power?

Let not sorrow dim your eye;
Soon shall every tear be dry:
Let not fears your course impede;
Great your strength, if great your need.

Let your drooping hearts be glad;
March in heavenly armour clad;
Fight, nor think the battle long:
Soon shall victory wake your song.

Onward then in battle move;
More than conquerors ye shall prove:
Though opposed by many a foe,
Christian soldiers, onward go.

Lyrics: Henry Kirke White (1785 – 1806) ,writing as Shapcott Wensley

Recording

  • Tune: University College, Composer: Henry John Gauntlett (1805 – 1876). Public Domain.
  • Meter: 77 77
  • Performance ℗ 2020 Richard M S Irwin, All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900113

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Thy Will Be Done, The Saviour Said – Organ

Lyrics – 4 verses

Suitable for: Lent, Passiontide, Maundy Thursday

Thy will be done, the Saviour said,
and bowed to earth his sacred head,
the sands of life had nearly run,
my Father, let thy will be done,
thy will, not mine, be done.

No watch his spent disciples kept,
amid the shadows deep they slept;
but silent angels waiting there,
beheld his agony of prayer –
thy will, not mine, be done.

His soul foresaw the cruel scorns,
the brutal scourge, the crown of thorns,
and, darker than Gethsemane,
the shadows of th’ accursed tree –
thy will, not mine, be done.

What though he felt in that dread hour,
the storms of human passions low’r;
nor pain, nor death, his soul would shun,
my Father, let thy will be done,
thy will, not mine, be done.

Lyrics: Henry Shapcott Bunce (1854 – 1917) ,writing as Shapcott Wensley

Recording

  • Tune: Thy will be done
  • Meter: 88 88 6
  • Composer: John Henry Maunder (1858 – 1920)
  • Lyricist: John Greenleaf Whittier (1807 – 1892)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved.

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O Breath Of Life (Spiritus Vitae – 4 Verses) – Organ

O Breath Of Life  ~ Lyrics

O Breath of life, come sweeping through us,
revive your church with life and pow’r;
O Breath of Life, come, cleanse, renew us,
and fit your church to meet this hour.

O Wind of God, come bend us, break us,
till humbly we confess our need;
then in your tenderness remake us,
revive, restore, for this we plead.

O Breath of love, come breathe within us,
renewing thought and will and heart;
come, Love of Christ, afresh to win us,
revive your church in ev’ry part.

Revive us, Lord! Is zeal abating
while harvest fields are vast and white?
Revive us, Lord, the world is waiting,
equip your church to spread the light.

Meter: 98 98. Lyrics: Bessie Porter Head (1850 – 1936). Public Domain

Spiritus Vitae ~ Recording

  • Tune: Spiritus Vitae. Composer: Mary Jane Hammond (1878 – 1964).  Music © Copyright Control
  • Performance ℗ 2020 Richard M.S. Irwin (b. 1955). ISRC: UKTU21900096

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God That Madest Earth And Heaven (Ar Hyd Y Nos – 2 Verses) – Organ

God That Madest Earth And Heaven ~ Lyrics

God, who made the earth and heaven,
Darkness and light:
You the day for work have given,
For rest the night.
May your angel guards defend us,
Slumber sweet your mercy send us,
Holy dreams and hopes attend us,
All through the night.

Guard us waking, guard us sleeping,
And, when we die,
May we in your mighty keeping
All peaceful lie.
When the trumpet’s call shall wake us,
Then, O Lord, do not forsake us,
But to reign in glory take us
With you on high.

Meter: 84 84 88 84. Bishop Reginald Heber (1783 – 1826) and Archbishop Richard Whately (1787 – 1863). Public Domain

Ar Hyd Y Nos ~ Recording

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O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (Eisenach, Organ)

Lyrics – 6 verses

Suitable for: Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Baptism of Christ

O love, how deep, how broad, how high!
How passing thought and fantasy,
That God, the Son of God, should take
Our mortal form for mortals’ sake!

He sent no angel to our race
Of higher power or lower place,
But wore the robe of human frame
Himself, and this lost world came.

For us baptized, for us he bore
His holy fast and hunger sore;
For us temptations sharp he knew,
For us the tempter overthrew.

For us to wicked men betrayed,
Scourged, mocked, in crown of thorns arrayed;
For us he bore the cross’s death,
For us at length gave up his breath.

For us he rose from death again,
For us he went on high to reign;
For us he sent his Spirit here
To guide, to strengthen, and to cheer.

All honor, laud, and glory be,
O Jesus, virgin-born, to thee;
whom with the Father we adore,
and Holy Ghost, forevermore.

Lyrics: Benjamin Webb (1819 – 1885) from Thomas à Kempis (c. 1379 – 1471), Public Domain

Recording

  • Tune: Eisenach
  • Composer: Unknown – Traditional French Melody
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Baroque, Lutheran
  • Music Public Domain
  • Performance ℗ 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

(ISRC: UKTU21900095 – UPC: 5060707370801 – DK UPC: 195068801390)

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Now, My Tongue, The Mystery Telling (Grafton, Organ)

Lyrics – 6 verses

Suitable for: Lent, Maundy Thursday, Communion, Eucharist

Now, my tongue, the mystery telling
Of the glorious body sing,
And the blood, all price excelling,
Which the Gentiles’ Lord and King,
In a Virgin’s womb once dwelling,
Shed for this world’s ransoming.

Given for us, and condescending
To be born for us below,
He, with us in converse blending,
Dwelt the seed of truth to sow,
‘Til he closed with wondrous ending
His most patient life of woe.

That last night, at supper lying,
‘Mid the Twelve, his chosen band,
Jesus, with the law complying,
Keeps the feast its rites demand;
Then, more precious food supplying,
Gives himself with his own hand.

Word-made-flesh, true bread he maketh
By his word his flesh to be,
Wine his blood; which whoso taketh
Must from carnal thoughts be free:
Faith alone, though sight forsaketh,
Shows true hearts the mystery.

Therefore we, before him bending,
This great sacrament revere:
Types and shadows have their ending,
For the newer rite is here;
Faith, our outward sense befriending,
Makes our inward vision clear.

Glory let us give and blessing
To the Father and the Son,
Honour, might, and praise addressing,
While eternal ages run;
Ever too his love confessing,
Who, from both, with both is One.

Lyricist: St. Thomas Aquinas (1227 – 1274), translator: Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878), Public Domain

Recording

  • Tune: Grafton (Tuntum Ergo)
  • Composer: Unknown – Traditional French Melody
  • Meter: 87 87 87
  • Style: Traditional French
  • Music Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

ISRC: UKTU21900094 – UPC: 5060707370795 – DK UPC: 195068806999

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Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us (Mannheim) – Organ

Lyrics – 3 verses

Suitable for: Lent, Baptism of Christ, Remebrance Sunday, General Usage

Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
O’er this world’s tempestuous sea
Guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us
For we have no help but thee;
Yet possessing every blessing
If our God our Father be

Saviour, breath forgiveness o’er us:
All our weaknesses thou dost know;
Though didst tread this earth before us,
Thou did feel its keenest woe;
Lone and dreary, faint and weary,
Through the desert thou didst go.

Spirit of our God, descending,
Fill our hearts with heavenly joy,
Love with every passion blending,
Pleasure that can never cloy:
Thus provided, pardoned, guided,
Ever can our peace destroy.

Lyrics: James Edmeston (1791 – 1867). Public Domain.

Recording

  • Tune: Mannheim
  • Composer: Friedrich Filitz (1804 – 1876)
  • Meter: 87 87 87
  • Performance Copyright © 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

(ISRC: UKTU21900093 – UPC: 5060707370788 – DK UPC: 195068855799)

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Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days (Saint Flavian – 5 verses) – Organ

Lyrics – 5 verses

Suitable for: Lent, Passiontide

Lord, who throughout these forty days,
For us did fast and pray,
Teach us with you to mourn our sins,
And close by you to stay.

As you with Satan did contend,
And did the vict’ry win,
O give us strength in you to fight,
In you to conquer sin.

As you did hunger bear and thirst,
So teach us, gracious Lord,
To die to self, and always live
By your most holy word.

And through these days of penitence,
And through your Passiontide,
Forevermore, in life and death,
O Lord, with us abide.

Abide with us that when this life
Of suffering is past,
An Easter of unending joy
We may attain at last!

Lyrics: Claudia Frances Hernaman (1838 – 1898). Public Domain.

Recording – Download

  • Tune: Saint Flavian
  • Composer: Unknown from John’s Day Psalter (1562)
  • Meter: 86 86
  • Music Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2020 Richard M S Irwin All rights reserved.

(ISRC:  UKTU21900092, UPC: 5060707370771, DK UPC: 195068857984)

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Faithful Vigil Ended (Pastor Pastorum – 4 Verses) – Organ

Faithful Vigil Ended ~ Lyrics

Meter: 87 87 D. Lyricist: Copyright © Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926)

We regret that we are unable to publish the lyrics to this hymn at the moment, as they are still in copyright.

Pastor Pastorum ~ Recording

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