I Bind Unto Myself Today (St Patrick’s Breastplate – 5 Verses) – Organ

I Bind Unto Myself Today Lyrics

I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me forever,
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation,
His baptism in the Jordan river,
His death on cross for my salvation,
His bursting from the spiced tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom,
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
God’s eye to watch, God’s might to stay,
God’s ear to hearken to my need,
The wisdom of my God to teach,
God’s hand to guide, God’s shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
God’s heavenly host to be my guard.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the name,
The strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three,
Of whom all nature has creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation;
Salvation is of Christ the Lord!

Meter: Irregular. Lyrics by St Patrick (373 – 463), translated by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 – 1895). Public Domain.

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I Bind Unto Myself Today (St Patrick's Breastplate – 5 Verses) – Organ by Richard M S Irwin

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Just As I Am, Without One Plea (Woodworth – 6 Verses) – Organ

Just As I Am, Without One Plea Lyrics

1. 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, I come.

2. 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, I come.

3. 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, I come.

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

5. 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, I come.

6. 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, I come.

Meter: LM. Lyricist: Charlotte Elliott (1789 – 1871). Public Domain.

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Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending (Helmsley – 4 Verses) – Organ

Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending : Lyrics

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for mortal sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
We who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou shalt reign, and thou alone.

Meter: 87 87 47. Lyricist: John Cennick (1718 – 1755). Public Domain

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Thy Kingdom Come O God (St Cecilia – 6 Verse) – Organ

Thy Kingdom Come O God – Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meter: 66 66. Lyricist: Lewis Hensley (1824 – 1905). Public Domain.

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Jesu Lover Of My Soul (Aberystwyth – 3 verses) – Organ

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Jesu, 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.

Meter: 77 77 D. Lyrics by Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788), Public Domain.

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Jesu, Lover Of My Soul (Aberystwyth – 3 Verses) – Organ by Richard M.S. Irwin

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Immortal Invisible God Only Wise (Saint Denio, Organ, 4 Verses)

Immortal Invisible God Only Wise : Lyrics

1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

2. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
thy justice like mountains high soaring above
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

3. To all, life thou givest, to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish, but naught changeth thee.

4. Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light;
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all laud we would render: O help us to see
’tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.

Meter: 11 11 11 11. Lyrics by Walter Chalmers Smith (1824 – 1908) based upon 1 Timothy 1: 17. Public Domain.

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Notes on Immortal Invisible God Only Wise

The text used by Walter Chalmers Smith (1824 – 1908) is based on “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.” from this text on 1 Timothy 1: 17 and first published with six verses in his Hymns of Christ and the Christian Life (1867).

Oh Lead Us By The Hand Lord (Crossing Over Jordan, Blue Grass, 2 Verses)

Oh Lead Us By The Hand Lord : Lyrics

Oh lead us by the hand, Lord,
And take us to the river;
O-ho, help us, dearest Saviour,
Across to the other side.
Oh, we will walk beside you,
We’ll follow in your footsteps,
O-ho, right down to the river,
Then cross to the other side.
Yes, we’ll cross over Jordan,
Into the promised land;
Yes, we’ll cross over Jordan,
When our Saviour holds our hand.

Oh, lead us, dearest Jesus,
Without a tear or sigh;
To that promised Land of Glory,
And the sweet bye and bye.
Oh, we’ll cross over Jordan,
So we can praise our Lord;
O-ho, raise our hands in worship,
Reap the promise of His Word.
We’ll cross over Jordan,
Into the promised land;
Yes, we’ll cross over Jordan,
When our Saviour holds our hand.

Meter: 77 87 77 87 and Refrain. Lyricist: Colin Gordon-Farleigh (b. 1943). Words Copyright © 2016 Colin Gordon-Farleigh.

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Just As I Am Without One Plea (Saffron Walden, Piano and Woodwind, 6 Verses)

Just As I Am Without One Plea Lyrics

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

5. 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.

6. 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.

Meter: 88 86. Lyricist: Charlotte Elliott (1789 – 1871). Public Domain.

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  • Tune: Saffron Walden, composed by Arthur Henry Brown (1830 – 1926). Public Domain.
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In The Bleak Midwinter (Cranham, Organ, 5 Verses)

In The Bleak Midwinter : Lyrics

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for him, whom cherubim worship night and day,
A breastful of milk, and a manger full of hay:
Enough for him, whom angels fall down before,
The ox and as and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.

Meter: Irregular. Lyricist: Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894). Public Domain.

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Hark A Herald Voice Is Calling (Merton – 5 Verses) – Organ & Trumpet Descant

Hark A Herald Voice Is Calling  Lyrics

1. Hark a herald voice is calling:
‘Christ is nigh,’ it seems to say;
‘Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!’

2. Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

3. Lo! the Lamb, so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from heaven;
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiven;

4. So when next he comes with glory,
Wrapping all the earth in fear,
May he then as our defender
Of the clouds of heaven appear.

5. Honour, glory, virtue, merit,
To the Father and the Son,
With the co-eternal Spirit,
While unending ages run.

Meter: 87 87. Lyrics by an unknown 6th Century author, translated by Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878). Public Domain.

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