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.

Jesu, the very thought of thee (Metzlers’ Redhead) – Organ

Lyrics

Jesu, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy Face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.

No voice can sing, no heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find,
A sweeter sound than Jesu’s Name,
The Saviour of mankind.

O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who ask how kind Thou art,
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah! this
Nor tongue nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus, what it is
None but His loved ones know.

Jesu, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize wilt be:
In Thee be all our glory now,
And through eternity

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Details

  • Tune: Metzlers’ Redhead
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: Richard Redhead (1820 – 1901)
  • Lyricist: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 – 1153)
  • Translator: Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878)
  • Church Year: General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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Jesu, the very thought of thee (Saint Agnes (Dykes)) – Organ

Lyrics

Jesu, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy Face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.

No voice can sing, no heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find,
A sweeter sound than Jesu’s Name,
The Saviour of mankind.

O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who ask how kind Thou art,
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah! this
Nor tongue nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus, what it is
None but His loved ones know.

Jesu, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize wilt be:
In Thee be all our glory now,
And through eternity

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: St Agnes (Dykes)
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 – 1876)
  • Lyricist: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 – 1153)
  • Translator: Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878)
  • Church Year: General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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See amid the winter’s snow (Humility – Oxford)

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Humility (Oxford)
  • Meter: 77 77 and Refrain
  • Style: Victorian Carol
  • Composer: John Goss (1800 – 1880)
  • Lyricist: Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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Carol | See amid the winter’s snow | Lyrics

See, amid the winter’s snow,
Born for us on Earth below,
See, the tender Lamb appears,
Promised from eternal years.
Hail, thou ever blessed morn,
Hail redemption’s happy dawn,
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Lo, within a manger lies
He who built the starry skies;
He who, throned in height sublime,
Sits among the cherubim.
Refrain

Say, ye holy shepherds,say,
What your joyful news today;
Wherefore have ye left your sheep
On the lonely mountain steep?
Refrain

“As we watched at dead of night,
Lo, we saw a wondrous light:
Angels singing ‘Peace On Earth’
Told us of the Saviour’s birth.”
Refrain

Sacred Infant, all divine,
What a tender love was Thine,
Thus to come from highest bliss
Down to such a world as this.
Refrain

Teach, O teach us, Holy Child,
By Thy face so meek and mild,
Teach us to resemble Thee,
In Thy sweet humility

Hark! a herald voice is calling (Merton)

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Hymn – 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.

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Merton
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: William Henry Monk (1823 – 1889)
  • Lyricist: Unknown (6th Century)
  • Translator: Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878)
  • Church Year: Advent | Church Year: Baptism of Christ
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Glory be to Jesus (Caswall)

Hymn – Glory be to Jesus – Lyrics

Glory be to Jesus,
Who in bitter pains
Poured for me the lifeblood
From his sacred veins.

Grace and life eternal
In that blood I fine;
Blest be his compassion,
Infinitely kind.

Blest through endless ages
Be the precious stream
Which from endless torment
Did the world redeem.

Abel’s blood for vengeance
Pleaded to the skies;
But the blood of Jesus
For our pardon cries.

Oft as earth exulting
Wafts its praise on high,
Angel hosts rejoicing
Make their glad reply.

Lift we then our voices,
Swell the mighty flood;
Louder still and louder
Praise the precious blood.

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Details

  • Tune: Caswell
  • Meter: 65 65
  • Church Year: Lent, Good Friday
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: Friederich Filitz (1804 – 1876)
  • Lyricist: Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2010 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.