Jesu, the very thought of thee (Saint Agnes (Dykes)) – Organ

Lyrics – 5 verses

Suitable for Lent, and General Usage

Jesu, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy Face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.

No voice can sing, no heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find,
A sweeter sound than Jesu’s Name,
The Saviour of mankind.

O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who ask how kind Thou art,
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah! this
Nor tongue nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus, what it is
None but His loved ones know.

Jesu, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize wilt be:
In Thee be all our glory now,
And through eternity

Lyrics from Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 – 1153), translated by Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878). Public Domain.

Recording

  • Tune: St Agnes (Dykes)
  • Meter: CM
  • Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 – 1876)
  • Music Public Domain
  • Performance ℗ 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
  • ISRC: UKTU21900105

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Jesu, lover of my soul (Aberystwyth – 3 verses) – Organ

Lyrics

Suitable for: Lent, All Souls, General Usage

Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Saviour, hide, till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last.

Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me.
All my trust on Thee is stayed, all my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head with the shadow of Thy wing.

Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart; rise to all eternity.

Lyrics: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788), Public Domain.

Recording

  • Tune: Aberystwyth
  • Composer: Joseph Parry (1841 – 1903)
  • Meter: 77 77 D
  • Music Public Domain
  • Performance ℗  2020 Richard M.S. Irwin. All rights reserved.

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It is a thing most wonderful (Herongate) – Organ

Lyrics

It is a thing most wonderful,
Almost too wonderful to be,
That God’s own Son should come from Heav’n,
And die to save a child like me.

And yet I know that it is true;
He chose a poor and humble lot,
And wept and toiled and mourned and died,
For love of those who loved Him not.

I cannot tell how He could love
A child so weak and full of sin;
His love must be most wonderful,
If He could die my love to win.

I sometimes think about the cross,
And shut my eyes, and try to see
The cruel nails and crown of thorns,
And Jesus crucified for me.

But even could I see Him die,
I could but see a little part
Of that great love, which, like a fire,
Is always burning in His heart.

It is most wonderful to know
His love for me so free and sure;
But ’tis more wonderful to see
My love for Him so faint and poor.

And yet I want to love Thee, Lord;
Oh, light the flame within my heart,
And I will love Thee more and more,
Until I see Thee as Thou art.

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Herongate
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • This arrangement: Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: William Walsham How (1823 – 1897)
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

And can it be (Sagina 5 Verses) – Brass Band

By special request of Rev’d Dr Jules Gomes BA BD MTh PhD (Cantab), Pastor
St Augustine’s Church, Douglas, Isle of Man

See also And can it be (Sagina 5 Verses) – Organ

Lyrics

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more.

He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

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Details

  • Tune: Sagina
  • Meter: 88 88 88 extended
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: Thomas Campbell (1825 – 1876)
  • Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

I heard the voice of Jesus say (Kingsfold) – Organ

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Lyrics

Suitable for: Lent, Evensong, General Usage

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down,
Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary and worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
And He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one,
Stoop down and drink and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life-giving stream.
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s Light.
Look unto Me; thy morn shall rise
And all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
In Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that Light of Life I’ll walk
Till traveling days are done.

Lyrics: Horatius Bonar (1808 – 1889), Public Domain.

Extract

  • Tune: Kingsfold
  • Composer: Unknown originally adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Meter: DCM
  • Copyright © Oxford University Press
  • Performance ℗ 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved. ISRC: UKTU21900100
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I danced in the morning (Lord of the dance)

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  • Tune: Simple Gifts
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Style: Traditional American
  • Church Year: Lent
  • Composer: Joseph Brackett (1797 – 1882)
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin
  • Lyricist: Sydney Bertram Carter (1915 – 2004)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright © Stainer & Bell Ltd, All Rights Reserved.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2017 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

 

I cannot tell (Londonderry Air) – Piano Ensemble

Lyrics – 4 verses

Suitable for: Lent, Passiontide, General Usage

I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship,
Should set his love upon the sons of men,
Or why, as Shepherd, he should seek the wanderers,
To bring them back, they know not how or when.
But this I know, that he was born of Mary
When Bethl’em’s manger was his only home,
And that he lived at Nazareth and laboured,
And so the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is come.

I cannot tell how silently he suffered,
As with his peace he graced this place of tears,
Or how his heart upon the cross was broken,
The crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, he heals the broken-hearted
And stays our sin and calms our lurking fear
And lifts the burden from the heavy laden;
For still the Saviour, Saviour of the world is here.

I cannot tell how he will win the nations,
How he will claim his earthly heritage,
How satisfy the needs and aspirations
Of east and west, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see his glory,
And he shall reap the harvest he has sown,
And some glad day his sun will shine in splendour
When he the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is known.

I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
When at his bidding every storm is stilled,
Or who can say how great the jubilation
When every heart with love and joy is filled.
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
And myriad myriad human voices sing,
And earth to heav’n, and heav’n to earth, will answer,
‘At last the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is King!’

Lyrics by William Young Fullerton (1857 – 1932), Public Domain

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  • Tune: Londonderry Air
  • Composer: Unknown, arranger  Richard M.S. Irwin
  • Meter: 11 10 11 10 11 10 11 12
  • Music Public Domain, arrangement Copyright © 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
  • Performance Copyright © 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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Will your anchor hold

Hymn -- Will your anchor hold -- Lyrics

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.

It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables, passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy that blast, thro’ strength divine. Refrain

Will your anchor hold in the Straits of Fear,
When the breakers roar and the reef is near?
Though the surges rave, and the wild winds blow,
Shall the angry waves then your bark o’erflow? Refrain

Will your anchor hold in the Floods of Death,
When the waters cold chill your latest breath?
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While your anchor holds within the Veil. Refrain

Will your eyes behold through the morning light
The city of gold, our harbour bright?
We shall anchor safe by the heav’nly shore,
When life’s storms are past forevermore. Refrain

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  • Tune: Will your anchor hold
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: William James Kirkpatrick (1838 -- 1921)
  • Lyricist: Priscilla Jane Owens (1829 -- 1899)
  • Church Year: General, Lent
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

When I survey the wondrous cross (Rockingham)

Hymn -- When I survey the wondrous cross -- Lyrics

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

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Details

First Tune: Rockingham
Composer: Unknown, adapted by Edward Miller (1735 -- 1807)
Style: Classical
Church Year: Good Friday, Lent, Passiontide
Meter: LM
Lyricist: Isaac Watts (1674 -- 1748)
Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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There is a green hill far away (Horsley)

Hymn -- There is a green hill far away -- Lyrics

There is a green hill far away,
Outwith a city wall,
Where the dear Lord was crucified,
Who died to save us all.

We may not know, we cannot tell,
What pains He had to bear;
But we believe it was for us
He hung and suffered there.

He died that we might be forgiv’n,
He died to make us good,
That we might go at last to Heav’n,
Saved by His precious blood.

There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin;
He only could unlock the gate
Of heaven and let us in.

O dearly, dearly has He loved,
And we must love Him, too,
And trust in His redeeming blood,
And try His works to do.

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Details

Tune: Horsley
Meter: CM
Style: Classical
Composer: William Horsley (1774 -- 1858)
Lyricist: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 -- 1895)
Church Year: Lent, Good Friday, Passiontide
Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
Performances Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.