O Perfect Love (Highwood – 3 Verses) – Piano

Hymn -- O perfect love -- Lyrics

O perfect Love, all human thought transcending,
lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne,
that theirs may be the love which knows no ending,
whom thou forevermore dost join in one.

O perfect Life, be thou their full assurance
of tender charity and steadfast faith,
of patient hope and quiet, brave endurance,
with childlike trust that fears not pain nor death.

Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;
grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife,
and to life’s day the glorious unknown morrow
that dawns upon eternal love and life.

Details

Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
Tune: Highwood
Meter: Irregular
Style: Early 20th Century
Composer: Richard Runciman Terry (1965 -- 1938)
Lyricist: Dorothy Blomfield Gurney (1867 -- 1936)
Church Year: General Church Year: Weddings Church Year: Funerals
Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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O Jesus, I have promised (Hatherop Castle – 5 Verses) – Piano and Woodwind

Hymn -- O Jesus, I have promised -- Lyrics

O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway if Thou wilt be my Guide.

O let me feel Thee near me! The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me, around me and within;
But Jesus, draw Thou nearer, and shield my soul from sin.

O let me hear Thee speaking in accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self will.
O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen, Thou Guardian of my soul.

O Jesus, Thou hast promised to all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory there shall Thy servant be.
And Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow, my Master and my Friend.

O let me see Thy footprints, and in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly is in Thy strength alone.
O guide me, call me, draw me, uphold me to the end;
And then in Heaven receive me, my Saviour and my Friend.

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Hatherop Castle
  • Meter: 76 76 D
  • Style: Popular
  • Composer: Geoffrey Beaumont (1903 -- 1970)
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: John Ernest Bode (1816 -- 1874)
  • Music Copyright © 1960 Josef Weinberger Ltd.
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
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Now thank we all our God (Nun Danket)

Now thank we all our God -- Lyrics

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessèd peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

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Original Key F Major

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Nun Danket
  • Meter: 67 67 66 66
  • Style: German Reformation
  • Composer: Johann Crüger (1598 -- 1662)
  • Harmony: Harmony: William Henry Monk (1823-1889)
  • Lyricist: Martin Rinkart (1586 -- 1694)
  • Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1827 -- 1878)
  • Church Year: General, Weddings
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2014 (video) and 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Morning has broken (Bunessan)

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Bunessan
  • Meter: 55 54 D
  • Style: Traditional Gaelic, Celtic, Traditional Scottish
  • Church Year: General, Weddings
  • Composer: Unknown Traditional Scottish
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Eleanor Farjeon (1881 -- 1965)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain Lyrics David Higham Associates
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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Love divine, all loves excelling (Blaenwern)

Hymn -- Love divine, all loves excelling -- Lyrics

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find thy promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.

Finish then Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Blaenwern
  • Meter: 87 87 D
  • Style:  Traditional Welsh
  • Church Year: General, Weddings
  • Composer: William Penfro Rowlands (1860 -- 1937)
  • Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707 -- 1788)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Lord, the light of Your love (Shine Jesus Shine)

Lyrics

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Shine Jesus Shine
  • Meter: 9 9 10 10 6
  • Verses: 3
  • Style: Popular
  • Church Year: General, Pentecost, Trinity, Weddings
  • Composer: Graham Kendrick (b. 1950)
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Graham Kendrick (b. 1950)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright © 1987 Make Way Music
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Kum ba yah
  • Style: Traditional Angolan, Spiritual
  • Church Year: General, Weddings
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Unknown traditional
  • Music Copyright Unknown -- see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumbaya
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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Hymn -- Kum ba yah -- Lyrics

Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Someone’s crying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s crying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s crying, Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Someone’s praying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s praying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s praying, Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Someone’s singing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s singing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s singing, Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Guide me, O thou great redeemer (Cwm Rhondda)

Hymn- Guide me, O thou great redeemer -- Lyrics

Guide me, O thou great redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty,
Hold me with thy powerful hand;
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer;
Be thou still my strength and shield;
Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death, and hell’s destruction
Land me safe on Canaan’s side:
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee;
I will ever give to thee.

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Cwm Rhondda
  • Meter: 87 87 47
  • Style: Traditional Welsh
  • Composer: John Hughes (1873 -- 1932)
  • Lyricist: William Williams (1717 -- 1791)
  • Translator: Peter Williams (1727 -- 1796)
  • Church Year: General / Church Year: Weddings
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2014 and 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

A new commandment (Whitsuntide) – Piano

Lyrics

A new commandment I give unto you:
That you love one another as I have loved you.
That you love one another as I have loved you.

By this shall all men know that you are My disciples
If you have love one for another.
By this shall all men know that you are My disciples
If you have love one for another. Refrain

Love is patient and love is full of kindness.
Do not envy others, never be boastful.
Love is patient and love is full of kindness.
Do not envy others, never be boastful. Refrain

Protect your love with charity and goodness,
Do not be proud or self-seeking.
Protect your love with charity and goodness,
Do not be proud or self-seeking. Refrain

Delight in the love of truth, but not dishonour.
While time goes by love never fails you.
Delight in the love of truth, but not dishonour.
While time goes by love never fails you. Refrain

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Whitsuntide
  • Uses: Weddings, Pentecost, Whit Sunday,
  • Composer: Unknown – arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Album: Wedding Songs
  • Verse 1 Lyricist: Saint John Chapter 13:34-35
    Verses 2-4 Lyricist: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin based on St Paul 1st letter to Corinthians Chapter 13:4-8
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014, 2015 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Give me joy in my heart (Sing hosanna)

Hymn -- Give me joy in my heart -- Lyrics

Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising,
Give me joy in my heart, I pray,
Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising,
Keep me praising ’til the break of day.
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
Sing hosanna to the King of kings!
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
Sing hosanna to the King.

Give me peace in my heart, keep me praying,
Give me peace in my heart, I pray,
Give me peace in my heart, keep me praying,
Keep me praying ’til the end of day. Refrain

Give me love in my heart, keep me praising,
Give me love in my heart, I pray,
Give me love in my heart, keep me praising,
Keep me praising ’til the break of day. Refrain

Give my oil in my lamp, keep me burning,
Give me oil in my lamp, I pray,
Give my oil in my lamp, keep me burning,
Keep me burning ’til the end of day. Refrain

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  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Sing hosanna
  • Meter: 10 8 10 9 and Refrain
  • Style: Spiritual
  • Composer: Unknown
  • arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Unknown
  • Church Year: General / Church Year: Weddings
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.