In Candle Glow Most Sacred Lyrics
In candle glow most sacred the Spirit rises,
Hovers, blesses one and all who gather here to pray.
Here to pray to God almighty,
Creator, splendid Mother of all,
Who gave birth to moon and sun.
Whose Spirit breathes living breath
To all who trust in Thee.
We who seek for Thee
Find comfort in the soul.
With divine light so holy,
Rises the great Holy Spirit,
Companion at times of peril,
Comforter and dearest friend.
Consoler of hearts,
Lover of our souls,
We sing to You our joy!
Meter: Irregular. Lyrics © 2020 Richard M S Irwin, used with permission. CCLI 7157880.
- Tune: Nimrod, composed by Sir Edward William Elgar (1857 – 1934) and arranged for Organ and Choir by © 2020 Richard M S Irwin (b.1955). Melody Public Domain.
- Performances ℗ 2020 Richard M S Irwin. ISRC UKTU21900204. All Rights Reserved.
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Edward Elgar completed his Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, known more commonly as the Enigma Variations, in February 1899. There were fourteen in all, based on an original theme dedicated by Elgar “to my friends pictured within”.
Using the term “Enigma” Elgar has caused much speculation as to whether there is a hidden melody within the piece.
The 9th variation “Nimrod” is used here in this anthem and refers to Augustus J. Jaeger, a music editor and close friend of Elgar’s, known for giving the composer critical advice and help with his compositions. Nimrod is described in the Old Testament as “a mighty hunter before the Lord”, Jäger is the German for hunter.
Nimrod has become popular in its own right, often played at British funerals, memorial services, and other solemn occasions, including the National Service of Remembrance.