Cloth for the cradle (Wae’s for me Prince Charlie)

Lyrics

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Recordings

 
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Cloth for the Cradle (Wae's for Me Prince Charlie - 4 Verses)
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Details

  • Tune: Wae’s for me Prince Charlie
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Style: Traditional Scottish Style: Carol
  • Composer: Unknown arranged Richard Mark Stephen Irwin.
  • Lyricists: John L. Bell (b. 1949) and Graham Maule (b. 1958)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Arrangement © 2013 Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b.1955)
  • Lyrics © 1987 WGRG
  • Performances Copyright © 2009 and 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

City of God, how broad and far (Richmond)

Hymn – City of God, how broad and far – Lyrics

City of God, how broad and far
outspread thy walls sublime!
The true thy chartered freemen are
of every age and clime.

One holy Church, one army strong;
one steadfast, high intent;
one working band, one harvest song,
one King omnipotent.

How purely hath thy speech come down
from man’s primeval youth!
How grandly hath thine empire grown
of freedom, love and truth!

How gleam thy watch fires through the night
with never fainting ray!
How rise thy towers, serene and bright,
to meet the dawning day!

In vain the surge’s angry shock,
in vain the drifting sands;
unharmed upon the eternal Rock
the eternal City stands

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Richmond
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: Thomas Haweis (1734 – 1820)
  • Lyricist: Samuel Johnson (1822 – 1882)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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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

Christ, whose glory fills the skies (Ratisbon) – Organ

Lyrics – 3 verses

Suggested uses: Morning Services, General, Funerals

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
Triumph o’er the shades of night;
Day-spring from on high, be near;
Day-star, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn
Unaccompanied by thee;
Joyless is the day’s return,
Till thy mercy’s beams I see;
Till they inward light impart,
Cheer my eyes and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine;
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, Radiancy divine,
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.

Lyrics Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788). Public Domain.

Recording

See also Christ, whose glory fills the skies (Heathlands)

  • Tune: Ratisbon
  • Composer: Unknown Music from Publisher: Johann Gottlob Werners’ Hymnal: Choralbuch, Leipzig (1815)
  • Meter: 77 77 77
  • Music Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2020 Richard M.S. Irwin. All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900101

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Christ is the King! O friends, rejoice (Gelobt Sei Gott – Vulpius)

Hymn – Christ is the King! O friends, rejoice – Lyrics

1. Christ is the King! O friends, rejoice;
brothers and sisters, with one voice
let the world know he is your choice.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

2. Oh magnify the Lord, and raise
anthems of joy and holy praise
for Christ’s brave saints of ancient days.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

3. They with a faith forever new
followed the King, and round him drew
thousands of faithful servants true.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

4. O Christian women, Christian men,
all the world over, seek again
the way disciples followed then.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

5. Christ through all ages is the same:
place the same hope in his great name,
with the same faith his word proclaim.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

6. Let love’s unconquerable might
your scattered companies unite
in service to the Lord of light.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

7. So shall God’s will on earth be done,
new lamps be lit, new tasks begun,
and the whole church at last be one.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Gelobt Sei Gott (Vulpius)
  • Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8
  • Composer: Melchior Vulpius ( 1570 -1615)
  • Lyricist: George Kennedy Allen Bell (1883 – 1958)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
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Christ Is Made The Sure Foundation (Westminster Abbey) – Organ

Lyrics ~ 4 verses

Meter: 87 87 87

Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the Church in one;
holy Zion’s help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

To this temple, where we call thee,
come, O Lord of Hosts, today;
with thy wonted loving-kindness
hear thy servants as they pray,
and thy fullest benediction
shed within its walls alway.

Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
what they ask of thee of gain;
what they gain from thee, for ever
with the blessèd to retain,
and hereafter in thy glory
evermore with thee to reign.

Laud and honor to the Father,
laud and honor to the Son,
laud and honor to the Spirit,
ever Three, and ever One,
consubstantial, co-eternal,
while unending ages run.

Lyrics from “Urbs beata Jerusalem” (c. 7th century), translated John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866). Public Domain

Recording

  • Tune: Westminster Abbey, composed by Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) and  arranged by Ernest Hawkins (1802 – 1868). Public Domain.
  • Performances ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved

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Christ is the world’s true Light (Rinkart – Kommt Seelen)

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Rinkart (Kommt Seelen)
  • Meter: 67 67 66 66
  • Style: Baroque, Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
  • Lyricist: George Wallace Briggs (1875 – 1959)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Oxford University Press
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Child in the manger (Bunessan)

Lyrics

Child in the manger, Infant of Mary,
Outcast and Stranger, Lord of all,
Child Who inherits all our transgressions,
All our demerits on Him fall.

Once the most holy Child of salvation
Gently and lowly lived below.
Now as our glorious mighty Redeemer,
See Him victorious o’er each foe.

Prophets foretold Him, Infant of wonder;
Angels behold Him on His throne.
Worthy our Savior of all our praises;
Happy forever are His own.

The original Gaelic version of this carol can be found here: Leanabh an àigh

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Details

  • Tune: Bunessan
  • Meter: 55 54 D
  • Style: Traditional Gaelic, Celtic, Scottish, Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Ma­ry M. Mac­don­ald (1789-1872) in Gaelic
  • English language Translator: Lach­lan Mac­bean (1853-1931) in Hymnal: Songs and Hymns of the Gael (published Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land: 1888).
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright © 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

Brother, let me be your servant (The Servant song)

  • Tune: The servant song
  • Meter: SM
  • Style: Popular
  • Composer: Richard Gillard
  • Lyricist: Richard Gillard
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright © 1977 Scripture in Song/Maranatha!Music Administered by: CopyCare P.O. Box 77, Hailsham BN27 3EF UK [email protected].

Recording – Extract

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Brightest and best (Epithany)

Lyrics

Brightest and Best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid;
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining;
Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore Him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Savior of all!

Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,
Odours of Edom and offerings divine?
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would His favor secure;
Richer by far is the heart’s adoration,
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Epiphany
  • Meter: 11 10 11 10
  • Style: Victorian Carol Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: Joseph Francis Thrupp (1827 – 1867)
  • This version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Reginald Heber (1783 – 1826)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved