Thy hand, O God, has guided (Thornbury)

Lyrics

Thy hand, O God, has guided
Thy flock from age to age;
The wondrous tale is written,
Full clear, on every page;
Our fathers owned Thy goodness,
And we their deeds record;
And both of this bear witness,
“One Church, one Faith, one Lord.”

Thy heralds brought glad tidings,
To greatest, as to least;
They bade men rise, and hasten
To share the great King’s feast;
And this was all their teaching,
In every deed and word,
To all alike proclaiming,
“One Church, one Faith, one Lord.”

Through many a day of darkness,
Through many a scene of strife,
The faithful few fought bravely,
To guard the nation’s life,
Their Gospel of redemption,
Sin pardoned, man restored,
Was all in this enfolded,
“One Church, one Faith, one Lord.”

And we, shall we be faithless?
Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?
Shall we evade the conflict,
And cast away our crown?
Not so: in God’s deep counsels
Some better thing is stored:
We will maintain, unflinching,
“One Church, one Faith, one Lord.”

Thy mercy will not fail us,
Nor leave Thy work undone;
With Thy right hand to help us,
The victory shall be won;
And then, by men and angels,
Thy Name shall be adored,
And this shall be their anthem,
“One Church, one Faith, one Lord.”

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Details

    • Verses: 5
    • Tune: Thornbury
    • Meter: 76 76 D
    • Style: Early 20th Century
    • Usage: General
    • Composer: Basil Harwood (1859 – 1949)
    • Lyricist: Edward Hayes Plumptre (1821 – 1891)
    • Music and Lyrics Public Domain
    • Performance ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All Rights Reserved
    • ISRC: UKTU21900019
    • UPC: 5060707370160

Thy kingdom come, O God (St Cecilia)

Hymn – Thy kingdom come, O God – Lyrics

Thy Kingdom come, O God,
Thy rule, O Christ, begin;
Break with Thine iron rod
The tyrannies of sin.

Where is Thy reign of peace,
And purity, and love?
When shall all hatred cease,
As in the realms above?

When comes the promised time
That war shall be no more—
Oppression, lust, and crime,
Shall flee Thy face before?

We pray Thee, Lord, arise,
And come in Thy great might;
Revive our longing eyes,
Which languish for Thy sight.

Men scorn Thy sacred Name,
And wolves devour Thy fold;
By many deeds of shame
We learn that love grows cold.

O’er heathen lands afar
Thick darkness broodeth yet:
Arise, O Morning Star,
Arise, and never set!

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Details

  • Verses: 6
  • Tune: St Cecilia
  • Meter: 66 66
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Usage: General
  • Composer: Leighton George Hayne (1836 – 1883)
  • Lyricist: Lewis Hensley (1824 – 1905)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

To whom will you the Lord compare? (Herongate)

Hymn – To whom will you the Lord compare? – Lyrics

To whom will you the Lord compare?
Is there His equal anywhere?
O lift up your eyes and the heavens survey,
Who made this most amazing display?

The Lord Himself formed all these arrays
Of galaxies, of milky ways,
He cares for each one of the vast starry host,
So great is He, not one becomes lost.

So why then say your way is not clear,
Why do you say “The Lord is not near,”
For have you not known this, and have you not heard,
The Everlasting God is your Lord?

And He who made the Heavens and earth
Sees all your need, knows all your worth;
He never grows tired, or weary or faint,
He cares for sinners, loves every saint.

He aids the weary, strengthens the frail,
And even strong ones falter and fail;
But those who patiently wait on the Lord
With eagles’ wings will rise up and soar.

Trust in the Lord for He ever lives,
Run in the strength that Jesus gives;
Walk on in Him Who never lets down,
Who keeps for ever, gives a crown.

Copyright © 2012 Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932). Used with Permission

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Details

  • Verses: 6
  • Tune: Herongate
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Usage: General
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • This version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Anthony O. Robertson © 2012
  • Arrangement and Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Inspiration

This hymn is based on Isaiah 40:25-31

To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these, that bringeth out their host by number:
he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that strong in power; not one faileth.
Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel,
My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?
There is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

We plough the fields and scatter (Wir Pflügen) – Brass Band

Lyrics

We plough the fields, and scatter
The good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered
By God’s almighty hand;
He sends the snow in winter,
The warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine,
And soft refreshing rain.

Refrain
All good gifts around us
Are sent from heav’n above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all his love.

He only is the Maker
Of all things near and far;
He paints the wayside flower,
He lights the evening star;
The winds and waves obey him,
By him the birds are fed;
Much more to us, his children,
He gives our daily bread. Refrain

We thank thee, then, O Father,
For all things bright and good,
The seed time and the harvest,
Our life, our health, our food:
No gifts have we to offer
For all thy love imparts,
But that which thou desirest,
Our humble, thankful hearts. Refrain

Recordings

Original Key in A Flat
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Lower Key in F
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Details

  • Verses: 4
  • Tune: Wir Pflügen
  • Meter: 76 76 D and Refrain
  • Style: Traditional English, Traditional German
  • Usage: Harvest
  • Composer: Johann Abraham Schulz (1747 – 1800)
  • Harmony: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 – 1876)
  • Lyricist: Matthias Claudius (1740 – 1815)
  • Translator: Jane Montgomery Campbell (1817 – 1878)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

History

This well-known harvest hymn might appear to come from the English countryside, but it has rather different origins. It is the Peasant’s Song from a sketch by Matthias Claudius in Paul Erdmann’s Fest (Hamburg, 1782), depicting a harvest thanksgiving in a North German farmhouse. Based upon a song heard sung at the home of one of the farmers. Claudius was for some time an atheist, but later renewed his Christian faith. At the time of writing this hymn he was editor of the local paper in Hesse Darmstadt, where he was also a Commissioner of Agriculture.

Originally seventeen verses long, each verse followed by a refrain, the hymn was translated into English by Miss Jane Montgomery Campbell. This translation, though not very literal, attempts to preserve the spirit of the original. It first appeared in Rev Charles S Bere’s A Garland of Songs (1861) and subsequently in the Appendix (1868) to Hymns Ancient and Modern, where verse 3 was revised to the present text from the original:

line 5 – No gifts have we to offer… (rev. Accept the gifts we offer) line 7 – But that which thou desirest… (rev. And, what thou most desirest…)

This alteration was probably introduced to make the hymn suitable for services where harvest produce was on view or offered by the worshippers, although the English Hymnal continues to use the original words.

We pray thee, heavenly Father (Dies Dominica)

Hymn – We pray thee, heavenly Father – Lyrics

We pray Thee, heavenly Father, to hear us in Thy love,
And pour upon Thy children the unction from above;
That so in love abiding, from all defilement free,
We may in pureness offer our Eucharist to Thee.

Be Thou our Guide and Helper, O Jesu Christ, we pray;
So may we well approach Thee, if Thou wilt be the Way:
Thou, very Truth, hast promised to help us in our strife,
Food of the weary pilgrim, eternal Source of life.

And Thou, Creator Spirit, look on us, we are Thine;
Renew us in Thy graces, upon our darkness shine;
That, with Thy benediction, upon our souls outpoured,
We may receive in gladness the body of the Lord.

O Trinity of Persons! O Unity most high!
On Thee alone relying Thy servants would draw nigh;
Unworthy in our weakness, on Thee our hope is stayed,
And blest by Thy forgiveness we will not be afraid.

Recording

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Details

  • Verses: 4
  • Tune: Dies Dominica
  • Meter: 76 76
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Usage: Eucharist
  • Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 – 1876)
  • Lyricist: Vincent Stuckey Stratton Coles (1845 – 1929)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

We read of a place that’s called Heaven (How beautiful Heaven must be)

Hymn – We read of a place that’s called Heaven – Lyrics

We read of a place that’s called heaven,
It’s made for the pure and the free;
These truths in God’s Word He hath given,
How beautiful heaven must be.
How beautiful heaven must be,
Sweet home of the happy and free;
Fair heaven of rest for the weary,
How beautiful heaven must be.

In heaven no drooping nor pining,
No wishing for elsewhere to be;
God’s light is forever there shining,
How beautiful heaven must be. Refrain

Pure waters of life there are flowing,
And all who will drink may be free;
Rare jewels of splendour are glowing,
How beautiful heaven must be. Refrain

The angels so sweetly are singing,
Up there by the beautiful sea;
Sweet chords from their gold harps are ringing,
How beautiful heaven must be. Refrain

Recording

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Details

  • Verses: 4
  • Tune: How Beautiful Heaven Must Be
  • Meter: 98 98 and Refrain
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Use: General
  • Composer: Andy P. Bland (c.1877-?)
  • Lyricist: Cordie Bridgewater (1873-?)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

What a friend we have in Jesus (What a friend (converse))

Hymn – What a friend we have in Jesus – Lyrics

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Recordings

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Original Key F Major

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Lower Key E Flat Major

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Details

  • Verses: 3
  • Tune: What a friend (Converse)
  • Meter: 87 87 D
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Use: General
  • Composer: Charles Crozat Converse (1832 -1918)
  • Lyricist: Joseph Medlicott Scriven (1819 – 1886)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

When Jesus wept

Hymn – When Jesus wept – Score

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Recording

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Details

  • Tune: When Jesus Wept
  • Meter: 88 88
  • Style: Traditional American
  • Use: Good Friday
  • Composer: William Billings (1746 – 1800)
  • Lyricist: William Billings and Lyricist: Brian L. Penney
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Verses 2 & 3 Copyright Brian L. Penney 2008
  • Performance Copyright © 2009 Brian L. Penney. Certain rights reserved.

When a knight won his spurs (Stowy)

Hymn – When a knight won his spurs – Lyrics

When a knight won his spurs, in the stories of old,
He was gentle and brave, he was gallant and bold;
With a shield on his arm and a lance in his hand,
For God and for valour he rode through the land.

No charger have I, and no sword by my side,
Yet still to adventure and battle I ride,
Though back into storyland giants have fled,
And the knights are no more and the dragons are dead.

Let faith be my shield and let joy be my steed
‘gainst the dragons of anger, the ogres of greed;
And let me set free with the sword of my youth,
From the castle of darkness, the power of the truth

Lyrics Copyright Oxford University Press, All Rights Reserved

Recording

2012 performance

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2008 performance

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Details

  • Verses: 3
  • Tune: Stowy
  • Meter: 12 12 12 12
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Use: General
  • Composer: Unknown Traditional English fold melody originally harmonised by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958) this version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Jan Struther (1901 – 1953)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Oxford University Press
  • Performances Copyright © 2008 – 2012 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

When morning gilds the skies (Laudes Domini)

Hymn – When morning gilds the skies – Lyrics

When morning gilds the skies
my heart awakening cries:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer,
to Jesus I repair:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

The night becomes as day
when from the heart we say:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
The powers of darkness fear
when this sweet chant they hear:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Let all the earth around
ring joyous with the sound:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
In heaven’s eternal bliss
the loveliest strain is this:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Be this, while life is mine,
my canticle divine:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Be this th’ eternal song
through all the ages long:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Recording

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Details

  • Verses: 4
  • Tune: Laudes Domini
  • Meter: 6 6 6 D
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Use: General
  • Composer: Joseph Barnby (1838 – 1899)
  • Lyricist: Unknown German 19th Century
  • Translator: Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.