Jesus came down from above (St Bees – 4 verses) – Organ

Lyrics

Jesus came down from above,
Telling us of God’s great love;
He’s our brother, Lord and friend,
And on him we can depend.

He has paid the ransom cost,
To redeem the poor and lost;
Lame men walk and blind men see,
When He calls them, “Follow Me.”

When His promises we claim,
He will set our hearts aflame;
He will grant us when we serve,
Blessings more than we deserve.

His the glory, His the praise,
Songs of royal worship raise;
To His feet your tributes bring,
Praise and glorify the King!

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Details

    • Album: Wedding Songs
    • Tune: Innocents
    • Meter: 77 77
    • Style: Classical
    • Usage: General
    • Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 – 1876)
    • Lyricist: Colin Gordon-Farleigh (b. 1943)
    • Music Copyright Public Domain
    • Lyrics © 2011 Colin Gordon-Farleigh (b. 1943)
    • Performance ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
    • IRSC: UKTU21900015
    • UPC: 5060707370115

Take my life and let it be (St Bees) – Organ

Hymn – Take my life and let it be – Lyrics

1. Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.

2. Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee;
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.

3. Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee;
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.

4. Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise;
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

5. Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs
  • Tune: Innocents
  • Meter: 77 77
  • Style: Classical
  • Usage: General, Weddings
  • Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 – 1876)
  • Lyricist: Francis Ridley Havergal (1836 – 1879)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
  • IRSC: UKTU21900016
  • UPC: 5060707370108

Nearer, my God, to Thee (Horbury)

Hymn – Nearer my God to Thee – Lyrics

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me;
Still all my song would be nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

There let the way appear steps unto heav’n;
All that Thou sendest me in mercy giv’n;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

The with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Or if on joyful wing, cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upwards I fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

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Details

  • Tune: Horbury
  • Meter: 64 64 664
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 – 1876)
  • Lyricist: Sarah Fuller Flower Adams (1805 -1848)
  • Usage: General
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright © 2007 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

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.

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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.

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

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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
  • Performance ℗ Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty (Nicea)

Hymn – Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty – Lyrics

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye made blind by sin thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in pow’r, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessèd Trinity.

Recordings

Original Key – D Major
 
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Lower Key – C Major
 
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Details

  • Tune: Nicea
  • Meter: 11 12 12 10
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Church Year: General, Trinity
  • Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 – 1876)
  • Lyricist: Reginald Heber (1783 – 1826)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

 

The King of love my shepherd is (Dominus Regit Me)

Lyrics

The King of love my shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow
My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And where the verdant pastures grow
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me,
And on His shoulder gently laid,
And home rejoicing brought me.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
Thy unction grace bestoweth;
And O what transport of delight
From Thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never:
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
Within Thy house forever.

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Details

  • Tune: Dominus Regit Me
  • Verses: 6
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 -1876)
  • Lyricist: Henry Williams Baker (1821 – 1877) From Psalm 23
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Eternal Father strong to save (Melita) – Organ

Lyrics

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked’st on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

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Details

  • Tune: Melita
  • Meter: 88 88 88
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Church Year: Remembrance Sunday
  • Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 – 1876)
  • Lyricist: William Whiting (1825 – 1876)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin, All rights reserved.
  • ISRC: UKTU21900049
  • UPC: 5060707370467