Praise to the Holiest in the height (Gerontius)

Hymn – Praise to the Holiest – Lyrics

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise:
In all His words most wonderful;
Most sure in all His ways.

O loving wisdom of our God,
When all was sin and shame,
He, the last Adam, to the fight
And to the rescue came.

O wisest love! that flesh and blood
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe,
Should strive and should prevail.

And that a higher gift than grace
Should flesh and blood refine,
God’s presence, and His very self
And essence all-divine.

And in the garden secretly,
And on the cross on high,
Should teach His brethren, and inspire
To suffer and to die.

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise:
In all His words most wonderful;
Most sure in all His ways.

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  • Tune: Richmond
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Church Year: General, Lent, Passiontide
  • Composer: Unknown Melody from Hymnal: Proper Sarum
  • Lyricist: John Henry Newman (1801 – 1890)
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved.

Praise to the Holiest in the height (Richmond)

Hymn – Praise to the Holiest – Lyrics

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise:
In all His words most wonderful;
Most sure in all His ways.

O loving wisdom of our God,
When all was sin and shame,
He, the last Adam, to the fight
And to the rescue came.

O wisest love! that flesh and blood
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe,
Should strive and should prevail.

And that a higher gift than grace
Should flesh and blood refine,
God’s presence, and His very self
And essence all-divine.

And in the garden secretly,
And on the cross on high,
Should teach His brethren, and inspire
To suffer and to die.

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise:
In all His words most wonderful;
Most sure in all His ways.

Recordings

 
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2018 Version

Details

  • Tune: Richmond
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Church Year: General, Lent, Passiontide
  • Composer: Thomas Haweis (1724 – 1820)
  • Lyricist: John Henry Newman (1801 – 1890)
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performances ℗ 2018 and 2019 Richard M S Irwin, All rights reserved.

O sacred head, surrounded (Passion Chorale)

Hymn – O Sacred head, surrounded – Lyrics

O Sacred head, surrounded
by crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding head, so wounded,
reviled and put to scorn!
Death’s pallid hue comes over you
The glow of life decays,
yet angel hosts adore thee
and tremble as they gaze

I see thy strength and vigor
all fading in the strife,
and death with cruel rigor,
bereaving thee of life;
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesus, all grace supplying,
O turn thy face on me.

In this thy bitter passion,
Good Shepherd, think of me
with thy most sweet compassion,
unworthy though I be:
beneath thy cross abiding
for ever would I rest,
in thy dear love confiding,
and with thy presence blest.

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  • Tune: Passion Chorale
  • Meter: 76 76 D
  • Style: Lutheran, German Reformation, Baroque
  • Church Year: Lent, Passiontide
  • Composer: Hans Leo Hassler (1564 – 1612)
  • Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
  • Lyricist: Paul Gerhardt (1607 – 1676)
  • Translator: Henry Williams Baker (1821 – 1877)
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
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Lord of our life, and God of our salvation (Cloisters)

Hymn – Lord of our life, and God of our salvation – Lyrics

Lord of our life and God of our salvation,
Star of our night and hope of ev’ry nation:
Hear and receive thy Church’s supplication,
Lord God Almighty.

Lord, Thou canst help when earthly armor faileth;
Lord, Thou canst save when deadly sin assaileth;
Christ, o’er Thy rock nor death nor hell prevaileth;
Grant us Thy peace, Lord.

Peace, in our hearts, our evil thoughts assuaging,
Peace, in Thy church, where people are engaging,
Peace, when the world its busy war is waging;
Calm thy foes raging!

Grant us Thy grace through trail and temptation;
Grant them Thy truth, thy promise of salvation;
Grant us thy peace in ev’ry heart and nation,
And in Thy heaven.

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  • Tune: Cloisters
  • Meter: 11 11 11 5
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Church Year, General, Lent, Passiontide, Trinity
  • Composer: Joseph Barnby (1838 – 1899)
  • Lyricist: Matthäus Apelles von Löwenstern (1594-1648)
  • Translator: Philip Pusey (1799 -1855)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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Lord Jesus, think on me (St Paul’s)

Hymn – Lord Jesus, think on me – Lyrics

Lord Jesus, think on me,
and purge away my sin;
from earth born passions set me free,
and make me pure within.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
with care and woe opprest;
let me thy loving servant be,
and taste thy promised rest.

Lord Jesus, think on me
amid the battle’s strife;
in all my pain and misery
be thou my health and life.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
nor let me go astray;
through darkness and perplexity
point thou the heav’nly way.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
when flows the tempest high:
when on doth rush the enemy,
O Saviour, be thou nigh.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
that, when the flood is past,
I may th’eternal brightness see,
and share thy joy at last.

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  • Tune: St Paul’s
  • Meter: SM
  • Composer: John Stainer (1840-1901)
  • Translator: Allen William Chatfield (1808 – 1896)
  • From ‘Mnōeo Christe’ by Lyricist: Bishop Synesius (375 – 430)
  • Church Year: Lent
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
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Just as I am, without one plea (Saffron Walden) – Piano and Woodwind

Hymn – Just as I am, without one plea – Lyrics

Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, thy love unknown
hath broken every barrier down;
now, to be thine, yea thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, of that free love
the breadth, length, depth and height to prove,
here for a season, then above,
O Lamb of God, I come.

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Standard setting in F
 
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Lower setting in C
 
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Tune: Saffron Walden
Meter: 88 86
Style: Early 20th Century
Composer: Arthur Henry Brown (1830 – 1926)
Lyricist: Charlotte Elliott (1789 – 1871)
Church Year: Lent
Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
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Drop, drop, slow tears (Song 46 – 3 Verses) for Organ

Hymn – Drop, drop, slow tears – Lyrics

Drop, drop, slow tears,
and bathe those beauteous feet,
which brought from heav’n
the news and Prince of peace.

Cease not, wet eyes,
his mercies to entreat;
to cry for vengeance
sin doth never cease.

In your deep floods
drown all my faults and fears;
nor let his eye
see sin, but through my tears.

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  • Tune: Song
  • Meter: 10 10
  • Composer: Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625)
  • Lyricist: Phineas Fletcher (1582- 1650)
  • Church Year: Lent, Passiontide, Good Friday
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
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Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Repton)

  • Tune: Repton
  • Meter: 86 88 6
  • Church Year: Lent Church Year: General
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848 – 1918)
  • 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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Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Lyrics

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise,
in deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word,
rise up and follow thee,
rise up and follow thee.

O sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love,
interpreted by love!

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace,
the beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm,
O still, small voice of calm.

Be thou my guardian and guide (Abridge)

  • Tune: Abridge
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Classical
  • Church Year: General | Church Year: Trinity
  • Composer: Isaac Smith (1734 – 1805)
  • Lyricist: Isaac Williams (1802-1865) in Hymns on the Catechism 1842
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright © 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.
 
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Hymn – Be Thou my guardian and my guide – Lyrics

Be Thou my Guardian and my guide;
And hear me when I call;
Let not my slippery footsteps slide,
And hold me lest I fall.

The world, the flesh, and Satan dwell
Around the path I tread;
O, save me from the snares of hell,
Thou quickener of the dead.

And if I tempted am to sin,
And outward things are strong,
Do Thou, O Lord, keep watch within,
And save my soul from wrong.

Still let me ever watch and pray,
And feel that I am frail;
That if the tempter cross my way,
Yet he may not prevail.

Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended (Herzliebster Jesu)

Hymn – Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended – Lyrics

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
that man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.
‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee:
I crucified thee.

Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
the slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
for our atonement, while we nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation,
thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation;
thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
for my salvation.

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,
think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
not my deserving.

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  • Tune: Herzliebster Jesu
  • Meter: 11 11 11 5
  • Style: German Reformation
  • Composer: Johann Crüger (1598 – 1662) arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
  • Lyricist: Robert Seymour Bridges (1844 – 1930) from Lyricist: Johann Heermann (1585 – 1647) based upon 11th Century Latin meditation
  • Church Year: Lent|Church Year: Passiontide
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved.