O happy band of pilgrims (Knecht – Kocher)

Hymn Lyrics: O happy band of pilgrims

O happy band of pilgrims,
If onward you will tread,
With Jesus as your Fellow,
To Jesus as your Head.

The cross that Jesus carried
He carried as your due;
The crown that Jesus weareth
He weareth it for you.

The faith by which ye see Him,
The hope in which ye yearn,
The love that through all troubles
To Him alone will turn.

What are they but forerunners
To lead you to his sight,
The longed-for distant dawning
Of uncreated light?

The trials that beset you,
The sorrows you endure,
Are known to Christ your Saviour,
Whose perfect grace will cure.

O happy band of pilgrims,
Look upward to the skies,
Where such a light affliction
Shall win you such a prize.

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  • Tune: Knecht (Kocher)
  • Meter: 76 76
  • Style: Classical
  • Composer: Justin Heinrich Knecht (1752 – 1817)
  • Lyricist: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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O what their joy and their glory must be (O Quanta Qualia)

Hymn – O what their joy and their glory must be – Lyrics

Oh, what the joy and the glory must be,
Those endless Sabbaths the blessèd ones see!
Crown for the valiant, to weary ones rest;
God shall be all, and in all ever blest.

What are the Monarch, His court, and His throne?
What are the peace and the joy that they own?
Oh, that the blest ones, who in it have share,
All that they feel could as fully declare!

Truly Jerusalem name we that shore,
Vision of peace, that brings joy evermore;
Wish and fulfillment can severed be ne’er,
Nor the thing prayed for come short of the prayer.

There, where no troubles distraction can bring,
We the sweet anthems of Sion shall sing;
While for thy grace, Lord, their voices of praise
Thy blessèd people eternally raise.

There dawns no Sabbath, no Sabbath is o’er,
Those Sabbath-keepers have one evermore;
One and unending is that triumph-song
Which to the angels and us shall belong.

Now, in the meanwhile, with hearts raised on high,
We for that country must yearn and must sigh;
Seeking Jerusalem, dear native land,
Through our long exile on Babylon’s strand.

Low before Him with our praises we fall,
Of Whom, and in Whom, and through Whom are all;
Of Whom, the Father; and in Whom, the Son;
Through Whom, the Spirit, with Them ever One.

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  • Tune: O Quanta Qualia
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10
  • Style: Classical
  • Usage: General
  • Composer: François de La Feilée in ‘Méthode’ (1808)
  • Lyricist: Peter Abelard (1079 – 1142)
  • Translator: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Music Copyright & Lyrics Public Domain
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Of the Father’s love begotten (Corde Natus – Divinum Mysterium)

Carol – Of the Father’s love begotten – Lyrics

English

Of the Father’s love begotten,
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the Source, the Ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see
Evermore and evermore.

At His Word the worlds were framèd;
He commanded; it was done:
Heaven and earth and depths of ocean
In their threefold order one;
All that grows beneath the shining
Of the moon and burning sun,
Evermore and evermore!

Oh, that birth forever blessed,
When the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bare the Saviour of our race,
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face
Evermore and evermore.

O ye heights of heaven, adore Him;
Angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him
And extol our God and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert ring
Evermore and evermore.

Christ, to Thee with God the Father,
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving,
And unwearied praises be:
Honour, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory,
Evermore and evermore!

Latin

Corde natus ex parentis
Ante mundi exordium
A et O cognominatus,
ipse fons et clausula
Omnium quae sunt, fuerunt,
quaeque post futura sunt.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Ipse iussit et creata,
dixit ipse et facta sunt,
Terra, caelum, fossa ponti,
trina rerum machina,
Quaeque in his vigent sub alto
solis et lunae globo.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Corporis formam caduci,
membra morti obnoxia
Induit, ne gens periret
primoplasti ex germine,
Merserat quem lex profundo
noxialis tartaro.
Saeculorum saeculis.

O beatus ortus ille,
virgo cum puerpera
Edidit nostram salutem,
feta Sancto Spiritu,
Et puer redemptor orbis
os sacratum protulit.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Psallat altitudo caeli,
psallite omnes angeli,
Quidquid est virtutis usquam
psallat in laudem Dei,
Nulla linguarum silescat,
vox et omnis consonet.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Ecce, quem vates vetustis
concinebant saeculis,
Quem prophetarum fideles
paginae spoponderant,
Emicat promissus olim;
cuncta conlaudent eum.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Macte iudex mortuorum,
macte rex viventium,
Dexter in Parentis arce
qui cluis virtutibus,
Omnium venturus inde
iustus ultor criminum.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Te senes et te iuventus,
parvulorum te chorus,
Turba matrum, virginumque,
simplices puellulae,
Voce concordes pudicis
perstrepant concentibus.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Tibi, Christe, sit cum Patre
hagioque Pneumate
Hymnus, decus, laus perennis,
gratiarum actio,
Honor, virtus, victoria,
regnum aeternaliter.
Saeculorum saeculis.

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Corde Natus (Divinum Mysterium)
  • Meter: 87 87 87 7
  • Style: Plainchant, Carol
  • Composer: Unknown 13th Century Plainsong
  • Original arranger: Theodoricus Petrus and published in Hymnal: Pies Cantiones (1582).
  • This arrangement: Richard M S Irwin
  • Lyricist: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348 – 413)
  • Translator: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
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Jesus, good above all others (Quem pastores)

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Quem pastores
  • Meter: 88 87
  • Verses: 5
  • Style: Carol
  • Composer: Unknown Harmonised by Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • This version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Percy Dearmer (1867 – 1936) after Lyricist: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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Carol – Jesus, good above all others – Lyrics

Jesus, good above all other,
Gentle Child of gentle mother,
In a stable born our Brother,
Give us grace to persevere.

Jesus, cradled in a manger,
For us facing every danger,
Living as a homeless Stranger,
Make we Thee our King most dear.

Jesus, for Thy people dying,
Risen Master, death defying,
Lord in Heav’n, Thy grace supplying,
Keep us by Thine altar near.

Jesus, Who our sorrows bearest,
All our thoughts and hopes Thou sharest,
Thou to man the truth declarest;
Help us all Thy truth to hear.

Lord, in all our doings guide us;
Pride and hate shall ne’er divide us;
We’ll go on with Thee beside us,
And with joy we’ll persevere!

O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni Emmanuel)

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Veni Emmanuel
  • Meter: LM and Refrain
  • Style: Mediaeval, Carol
  • Church Year: Advent, Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown adapted by arranger: Thomas Helmore (1811 – 1890) from French Missal – this version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Unknown from Great O Antiphons (12th – 13th Century)
  • Translator: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

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Carol – O come, O come Emmanuel – Lyrics

English

1. O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Refrain
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

2. O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave. Refrain

3. O come, Thou dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight! Refrain

4. O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery. Refrain

5. O come, O come, Thou Lord of Might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law4
In cloud, and majesty, and awe. Refrain

Latin

1. Veni, Veni Emmanuel!
Captivum solve Israel!
Qui gemit in exsilio,
Privatus Dei Filio.

Refrain
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

2. Veni, O Jesse virgula,
Ex hostis tuos ungula,
De specu tuos tartari
Educ et antro barathri. Refrain

3. Veni, Veni O Oriens!
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque noctis tenebras. Refrain

4. Veni, Clavis Davidica,
Regna reclude caelica,
Fac iter tutum superum,
Et claude vias inferum. Refrain

5. Veni, Veni Adonai!
Qui populo in Sinai
Legem dedisti vertice,
In Majestate gloriae. Refrain

A great and mighty wonder (Es ist ein Ros entsprungen) – Organ & Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

A great and mighty wonder.
A full and holy cure:
The Virgin bears the Infant
With virgin honour pure!
Repeat the hymn again:
To God on high be glory
And peace on earth to men!

The Word becomes incarnate
And yet remains on high,
And cherubim sing anthems
To shepherds from the sky.
Repeat the hymn again:
To God on high be glory
And peace on earth to men!

While thus they sing your Monarch,
Those bright angelic bands,
Rejoice, ye vales and mountains,
Ye oceans, clap your hands.
Repeat the hymn again:
To God on high be glory
And peace on earth to men!

Since all He comes to ransom.
By all be He adored,
The Infant born in Bethl’em,
The Saviour and the Lord.
Repeat the hymn again:
To God on high be glory
And peace on earth to men!

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Es ist ein Ros entsprunge
  • Meter: 76 76 676
  • Style: Traditional German Style: Carol
  • Composer: Michael Praetorius (1571 – 1621)
  • Lyricist: Saint Germanus from Mega kai paradoxon Thauma
  • Translator: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Church Year: Advent, Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Good King Wenceslas (Tempus Adest Floridum)

Carol – Good King Wenceslas – Lyrics

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about,
Deep, and crisp, and even.

Brightly shone the moon that night,
Though the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight,
Gath’ring winter fuel.

“Hither, page, and stand by me,
If thou know’st it, telling,
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?”

“Sire, he lives a good league hence,
Underneath the mountain,
Right against the forest fence,
By Saint Agnes’ fountain.”

“Bring me flesh and bring me wine,
Bring me pine logs hither:
Thou and I will see him dine,
When we bear him thither.”

Page and monarch, forth they went,
Forth they went together;
Through the rude wind’s wild lament,
And the bitter weather.

“Sire, the night is darker now,
And the wind blows stronger;
Fails my heart, I know not how;
I can go no longer.”

“Mark my footsteps, my good page;
Tread thou in them boldly;
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.

“In his master’s steps he trod,
Where the snow lay dinted;
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed.

Therefore, Christian men, be sure,
Wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor,
Shall yourselves find blessing.

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Tempus Adest Floridum
  • Meter: 76 76 D
  • Style: Renaissance
  • Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas / Church Year: Epiphany
  • Composer: Unknown from Hymnal: Piae Cantiones (1582) adapted by arranger: John Stainer (1840 – 1901).
  • Lyricist: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Good Christians all, rejoice (In dulci jubilo)

Carol – Good Christians all, rejoice – Lyrics

Good Christians all, rejoice
with heart, and soul, and voice!
Give ye heed to what we say:
News! News!
Jesus Christ is born today!
Ox and ass before him bow,
and he is in the manger now.
Christ is born today!
Christ is born today!

Good Christians all, rejoice
with heart, and soul, and voice!
Now ye hear of endless bliss,
Joy! Joy!
Jesus Christ was born for this;
He hath opened the heavenly door,
and all are blest for evermore.
Christ was born for this!
Christ was born for this!

Good Christians all, rejoice
with heart, and soul, and voice!
Now ye need not fear the grave;
Peace! Peace!
Jesus Christ was born to save,
Calls you one and calls you all,
to gain his everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save!
Christ was born to save!

Please note that this carol is a modern adaption of the mediaeval carol In dulci jublio

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  • Tune: In dulci jubilo
  • Meter: Irregular
  • Style: Mediaeval, Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Arranger: John Stainer (1840 – 1901)
  • Lyricist: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Verses: 3
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2012 Richard M S Irwin  Certain rights reserved.

Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem (Neander – Unser Herrscher)

  • Tune: Neander (Unser Herrscher)
  • Meter: 87 87 87
  • Style: Traditional German
  • Church Year: General | Church Year: Ascension
  • Composer: Joachim Neander (1640 – 1680)
  • Lyricist: John Hupton (1762 – 1849) and Lyricist: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2017 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved.

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Lyrics for Hymn: Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem

Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem,
Cleave the skies with shouts of praise;
Sing to Him Who found the ransom,
Ancient of eternal days,
God of God, the Word Incarnate,
Whom the heaven of heaven obeys.

Ere He raised the lofty mountains,
Formed the seas, or built the sky,
Love eternal, free and boundless,
Moved the Lord of Life to die,
Foreordained the Prince of Princes
For the throne of Calvary.

There, for us and our redemption,
See Him all His life blood pour!
There He wins our full salvation,
Dies that we may die no more;
Then arising, lives forever,
Reigning where He was before.

High on yon celestial mountains
Stands His sapphire throne, all bright,
Midst unending alleluias
Bursting from the sons of light;
Sion’s people tell His praises,
Victor after hard won fight.

Bring your harps, and bring your incense,
Sweep the string and pour the lay;
Let the earth proclaim His wonders,
King of that celestial day;
He the Lamb once slain is worthy,
Who was dead and lives for ay.

Laud and honour to the Father,
Laud and honour to the Son,
Laud and honour to the Spirit,
Ever Three and ever One,
Consubstantial, co-eternal,
While unending ages run.

Christ is the sure made foundation (Westminster Abbey)

  • Tune: Westminster Abbey
  • Meter: 87 87 87
  • Style: Baroque
  • Composer: Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) arranger: Ernest Hawkins (1802 – 1868)
  • Lyricist: Urbs beata Jerusalem (c. 7th century) Translator: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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Hymn – Christ is made the sure foundation – Lyrics

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.