Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round (Gibbons Song 1)

Lyrics

Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round
of circling planets singing on their way;
guide of the nations from the night profound
into the glory of the perfect day;
rule in our hearts, that we may ever be
guided and strengthened and upheld by thee.

We are of thee, the children of thy love,
the brothers of thy well-belovèd Son;
descend, O Holy Spirit, like a dove,
into our hearts, that we may be as one:
as one with thee, to whom we ever tend;
as one with him, our Brother and our Friend.

We would be one in hatred of all wrong,
one in our love of all things sweet and fair,
one with the joy that breaketh into song,
one with the grief that trembles into prayer,
one in the power that makes thy children free
to follow truth, and thus to follow thee.

O clothe us with thy heavenly armour, Lord,
thy trusty shield, thy sword of love divine;
our inspiration be thy constant word;
we ask no victories that are not thine:
give or withhold, let pain or pleasure be;
enough to know that we are serving thee.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Song 1
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Church Year: General
  • Composer: Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625)
  • Lyricist: John White Chadwick (1840 – 1904)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

O Thou, who at Thy Eucharist didst pray (Song 1) – String, Quartet and Flute

Hymn – O Thou, who at Thy Eucharist didst pray – Lyrics

O Thou, who at Thy Eucharist didst pray
That all thy Church might be for ever one,
Grant us at every Eucharist to say
With longing heart and soul, “Thy will be done.”
O may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

For all Thy Church, O Lord, we intercede;
Make Thou our sad divisions soon to cease;
Draw us the nearer each to each, we plead,
By drawing all to Thee, O Prince of Peace;
Thus may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

We pray Thee too for wand’rers from Thy fold;
O bring them back, Good Shepherd of the sheep,
Back to the faith which saints believed of old,
Back to the Church which still that faith doth keep;
Soon may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

So, Lord, at length when sacraments shall cease,
May we be one with all Thy Church above,
One with Thy saints in one unbroken peace,
One with Thy saints in one unbounded love;
More blessèd still, in peace and love to be
One with the Trinity in Unity.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Song 1
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Style: Renaissance
  • Composer: Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625)
  • Lyricist: William Harry Turton (1856 – 1938)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2010 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

O Thou, who at Thy Eucharist didst pray (Song 1) – Organ

Hymn – O Thou, who at Thy Eucharist didst pray – Lyrics

O Thou, who at Thy Eucharist didst pray
That all thy Church might be for ever one,
Grant us at every Eucharist to say
With longing heart and soul, “Thy will be done.”
O may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

For all Thy Church, O Lord, we intercede;
Make Thou our sad divisions soon to cease;
Draw us the nearer each to each, we plead,
By drawing all to Thee, O Prince of Peace;
Thus may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

We pray Thee too for wand’rers from Thy fold;
O bring them back, Good Shepherd of the sheep,
Back to the faith which saints believed of old,
Back to the Church which still that faith doth keep;
Soon may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

So, Lord, at length when sacraments shall cease,
May we be one with all Thy Church above,
One with Thy saints in one unbroken peace,
One with Thy saints in one unbounded love;
More blessèd still, in peace and love to be
One with the Trinity in Unity.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Song 1
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Style: Renaissance
  • Composer: Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625)
  • Lyricist: William Harry Turton (1856 – 1938)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2010 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Christians, awake! (Yorkshire – Stockport)

Lyrics

Christians, awake! Salute the happy morn
whereon the Savior of the world was born;
rise to adore the mystery of love,
which hosts of angels chanted from above;
with them the joyful tidings first begun,
of God incarnate and the virgin’s Son.

Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,
who heard th’angelic herald’s voice, “Behold,
I bring good tidings of a Savior’s birth
to you and all the nations of the earth;
this day hath God fulfilled His promised Word;
this day is born a Savior, Christ the Lord.”

He spoke; and straightaway the celestial choir
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire;
The praises of redeeming love they sang,
And Heav’n’s whole orb with alleluias rang.
God’s highest glory was their anthem still,
Peace on the earth and unto men good will.

To Bethl’hem straight th’enlightened shepherds ran
To see the wonder God had wrought for man
And found, with Joseph and the blessèd maid,
Her son, the Savior, in a manger laid;
Then to their flocks, still praising God, return,
And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn.

Like Mary let us ponder in our mind
God’s wondrous love in saving lost mankind!
Trace we the babe, who hath retrieved our loss,
From His poor manger to His bitter cross,
Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace,
Till man’s first heav’nly state again takes place.

This may we hope, th’angelic hosts among,
to sing, redeemed a glad triumphal song.
He that was born upon this joyful day
around us all His glory shall display.
Saved by His love, incessantly we sing
eternal praise to heav’n’s almighty King.

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Yorkshire (Stockport)
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Style: Traditional English Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: John Wainwright (1723 – 1769)
  • Lyricist: John Byrom (1692 – 1763)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright © 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

Be still, my soul (Finlandia)

Lyrics

Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Extract

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Details

  • Tune: Finlandia
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Style: Traditional Finnish
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957)
  • Lyricist: Katharina Amalia Dorothea Von Schlegal (b. 1697)
  • Translator: Jane L. Borthwick (1813-1897)
  • Usage: All Souls, General, Funeral, Passiontide
  • Music Copyright © Breitkopf and Härtel
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

And now, O Father, mindful of the love (Gibbons Song 1)

Lyrics

And now, O Father, mindful of the love
That bought us, once for all, on Calvary’s tree,
And having with us Him that pleads above,
We here present, we here spread forth to Thee,
That only offering perfect in Thine eyes,
The one true, pure, immortal sacrifice.

Look, Father, look on His anointed face,
And only look on us as found in Him;
Look not on our misusings of Thy grace,
Our prayer so languid, and our faith so dim;
For lo! between our sins and their reward,
We set the passion of Thy Son our Lord.

And then for those, our dearest and our best,
By this prevailing presence we appeal;
O fold them closer to Thy mercy’s breast!
O do Thine utmost for their souls’ true weal!
From tainting mischief keep them white and clear,
And crown Thy gifts with strength to persevere.

And so we come; O draw us to Thy feet,
Most patient Saviour, Who canst love us still!
And by this food, so awful and so sweet,
Deliver us from every touch of ill:
In Thine own service make us glad and free,
And grant us nevermore to part with Thee.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Song 1
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Church Year: Lent
  • Composer: Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625)
  • Lyricist: William Bright (1824 – 1901)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

And now, O Father, mindful of the love (Undes Et Memores) – Organ

Hymn – And now, O Father, mindful of the love – Lyrics

And now, O Father, mindful of the love
That bought us, once for all, on Calvary’s tree,
And having with us Him that pleads above,
We here present, we here spread forth to Thee,
That only offering perfect in Thine eyes,
The one true, pure, immortal sacrifice.

Look, Father, look on His anointed face,
And only look on us as found in Him;
Look not on our misusings of Thy grace,
Our prayer so languid, and our faith so dim;
For lo! between our sins and their reward,
We set the passion of Thy Son our Lord.

And then for those, our dearest and our best,
By this prevailing presence we appeal;
O fold them closer to Thy mercy’s breast!
O do Thine utmost for their souls’ true weal!
From tainting mischief keep them white and clear,
And crown Thy gifts with strength to persevere.

And so we come; O draw us to Thy feet,
Most patient Saviour, Who canst love us still!
And by this food, so awful and so sweet,
Deliver us from every touch of ill:
In Thine own service make us glad and free,
And grant us nevermore to part with Thee.

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Tune: Undes Et Memores
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Church Year: Lent
  • Composer: William Henry Monk (1823 – 1889)
  • Orchestral arrangement: Richard Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: William Bright (1824 – 1901)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2012 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.