Jesus, Thou divine companion (Saltash)

Hymn – Jesus, Thou divine companion – Lyrics

Jesus, Thou divine companion,
By thy lowly human birth
Thou hast come to join the workers,
Burden bearers of the Earth.
Thou the carpenter of Nazareth,
Toiling for thy daily food,
By thy patience and Thy courage,
Thou hast taught us toil is good.

They who tread the path of labour
Follow where thy feet have trod;
They who work without complaining
Do the holy will of God.
Never more thou needest seek me,
I am with thee ever more;
Raise the stone and thou shalt find me,
Cleave the wood and I am there.

Where the many toil together,
There am I amongst my own;
Where the tired workman sleepeth,
There I am with him alone.
I the peace which passeth knowledge
Dwell amidst the daily strife;
I the bread of Heaven broken
In the sacrament of life.

Every task, however simple,
Sets the soul who does it free;
Every deed of love and mercy,
Done to man, is done to me.
Never more thou needest seek me,
I am with thee ever more;
Raise the stone and thou shalt find me,
Cleave the wood and I am there.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Saltash
  • Meter: 87 87 D
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown from Hymnal: Plymouth Collection (USA 1855)
  • Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: Henry Van Dyke (1852 – 1933) based on the words of the apostle Thomas Didymus in “The Sayings of Jesus” from the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Church Year: General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2012 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

O Lord, my God, I thirst for You (Kingsfold)

Hymn – O Lord, my God, I thirst for You – Lyrics

“God my Rock”

O Lord, my God, I thirst for You,
I long to see your face,
Just as the hunted deer is stressed
I falter in the race;
My heart cries out, my tears run down,
I am in deep distress,
“Where is your God?” men say to me,
They taunt me and oppress.

Lord, when will I be helped by You,
I struggle day and night?
O hear my prayer, enable me
to stand in your great might;
I look back on those days gone by
when, Lord, You were so near,
when in your house with festive throng
I praised your Name so dear.

So why am I cast down, O Lord,
and why should I feel low?
You are my God, my Saviour strong,
Your praise from me shall flow;
I think of all your works, O Lord,
Your saving power of old,
So when beset and overwhelmed,
I will your strength take hold.

Your loving-kindness fills my days,
Your song at night I sing,
And when my fears assail again
to You I’ll tightly cling;
My hope is fixed on God, my Rock,
His own He won’t forget;
Be still my soul, my face will shine
And I will praise Him yet.

Copyright © 2010 Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932) Used with Permission

This hymn is based on Psalm 42, a prayer to God in which the writer expresses his deep desire for God’s presence at a time of great distress. In my reflection on this psalm I have sought to echo the heartfelt cry of the psalmist as he moves from a sense of unexplained and painful isolation from God to a confident trust in God and in His faithfulness.

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Details

  • Tune: Kingsfold
  • Meter: DCM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown Originally adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958) – arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932)
  • Usage: General
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Anthony O. Robertson © 2010 based on Psalm 42
  • Performance Copyright © 2012 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

To whom will you the Lord compare? (Herongate)

Hymn – To whom will you the Lord compare? – Lyrics

To whom will you the Lord compare?
Is there His equal anywhere?
O lift up your eyes and the heavens survey,
Who made this most amazing display?

The Lord Himself formed all these arrays
Of galaxies, of milky ways,
He cares for each one of the vast starry host,
So great is He, not one becomes lost.

So why then say your way is not clear,
Why do you say “The Lord is not near,”
For have you not known this, and have you not heard,
The Everlasting God is your Lord?

And He who made the Heavens and earth
Sees all your need, knows all your worth;
He never grows tired, or weary or faint,
He cares for sinners, loves every saint.

He aids the weary, strengthens the frail,
And even strong ones falter and fail;
But those who patiently wait on the Lord
With eagles’ wings will rise up and soar.

Trust in the Lord for He ever lives,
Run in the strength that Jesus gives;
Walk on in Him Who never lets down,
Who keeps for ever, gives a crown.

Copyright © 2012 Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932). Used with Permission

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Details

  • Verses: 6
  • Tune: Herongate
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Usage: General
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • This version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Anthony O. Robertson © 2012
  • Arrangement and Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Inspiration

This hymn is based on Isaiah 40:25-31

To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these, that bringeth out their host by number:
he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that strong in power; not one faileth.
Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel,
My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?
There is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

When a knight won his spurs (Stowy)

Hymn – When a knight won his spurs – Lyrics

When a knight won his spurs, in the stories of old,
He was gentle and brave, he was gallant and bold;
With a shield on his arm and a lance in his hand,
For God and for valour he rode through the land.

No charger have I, and no sword by my side,
Yet still to adventure and battle I ride,
Though back into storyland giants have fled,
And the knights are no more and the dragons are dead.

Let faith be my shield and let joy be my steed
‘gainst the dragons of anger, the ogres of greed;
And let me set free with the sword of my youth,
From the castle of darkness, the power of the truth

Lyrics Copyright Oxford University Press, All Rights Reserved

Recording

2012 performance

 
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2008 performance

 
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Details

  • Verses: 3
  • Tune: Stowy
  • Meter: 12 12 12 12
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Use: General
  • Composer: Unknown Traditional English fold melody originally harmonised by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958) this version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Jan Struther (1901 – 1953)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Oxford University Press
  • Performances Copyright © 2008 – 2012 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Why do you say your way is not clear? (Herongate)

Hymn – Why do you say your way is not clear? – Lyrics

Why do you say your way is not clear,
Why do you say “The Lord is not near,”
For have you not known this, and have you not heard,
The Everlasting God is your Lord?

And He who made the Heavens and earth
Sees all your need, knows all your worth;
He never grows tired, or weary or faint,
He cares for sinners, loves every saint.

He aids the weary, strengthens the frail,
And even strong ones falter and fail;
But those who patiently wait on the Lord
With eagles’ wings will rise up and soar.

Trust in the Lord for He ever lives,
Run in the strength that Jesus gives;
Walk on in Him Who never lets down,
Who keeps for ever, gives a crown.

Copyright © 2012 Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932) Used with Permission

Recording

 
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Details

  • Verses: 4
  • Tune: Herongate
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • This version: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Anthony O. Robertson © 2012
  • Arrangement and Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Inspiriation

This hymn is based on Isaiah 40:27-31

Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel,
My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?
There is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

It is a thing most wonderful (Herongate) – Organ

Lyrics

It is a thing most wonderful,
Almost too wonderful to be,
That God’s own Son should come from Heav’n,
And die to save a child like me.

And yet I know that it is true;
He chose a poor and humble lot,
And wept and toiled and mourned and died,
For love of those who loved Him not.

I cannot tell how He could love
A child so weak and full of sin;
His love must be most wonderful,
If He could die my love to win.

I sometimes think about the cross,
And shut my eyes, and try to see
The cruel nails and crown of thorns,
And Jesus crucified for me.

But even could I see Him die,
I could but see a little part
Of that great love, which, like a fire,
Is always burning in His heart.

It is most wonderful to know
His love for me so free and sure;
But ’tis more wonderful to see
My love for Him so faint and poor.

And yet I want to love Thee, Lord;
Oh, light the flame within my heart,
And I will love Thee more and more,
Until I see Thee as Thou art.

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Details

  • Tune: Herongate
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • This arrangement: Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: William Walsham How (1823 – 1897)
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

I heard the voice of Jesus say (Kingsfold) – Organ

See Also I heard the voice of Jesus say (Kingsfold) – Woodwind and Strings

Hymn – I heard the voice of Jesus say – Lyrics

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down,
Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary and worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
And He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one,
Stoop down and drink and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life-giving stream.
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s Light.
Look unto Me; thy morn shall rise
And all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
In Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that Light of Life I’ll walk
Till traveling days are done.

Extract

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Details

  • Tune: Kingsfold
  • Meter: DCM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown originally adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Horatius Bonar (1808 – 1889)
  • Church Year: General
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2011 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

I heard the voice of Jesus say (Kingsfold) – Woodwind and Strings

Hymn – I heard the voice of Jesus say – Lyrics

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down,
Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary and worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
And He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one,
Stoop down and drink and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life-giving stream.
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s Light.
Look unto Me; thy morn shall rise
And all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
In Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that Light of Life I’ll walk
Till traveling days are done.

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Details

  • Tune: Kingsfold
  • Meter: DCM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown originally adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Horatius Bonar (1808 – 1889)
  • Church Year: General
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2011 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

He who would valiant be (Monks Gate) – Orchestra

Hymns – He who would valiant be – Lyrics

Words as adapted by Percy Dearmer Original Text by John Bunyan from Pilgrim’s Progress
He who would valiant be
’gainst all disaster,
Let him in constancy
follow the Master.
There’s no discouragement
shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.Who so beset him round
with dismal stories
Do but themselves confound –
his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his might;
though he with giants fight,
He will make good his right to be a pilgrim.Since, Lord, Thou dost defend
us with Thy Spirit,
We know we at the end,
shall life inherit.
Then fancies flee away!
I’ll fear not what men say,
I’ll labour night and day to be a pilgrim.
Who would true valour see,
let him come hither;
One here will constant be,
come wind, come weather
There’s no discouragement
shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.Whoso beset him round
with dismal stories
Do but themselves confound;
his strength the more is.
No lion can him fright,
he’ll with a giant fight,
He will have a right to be a pilgrim.Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
can daunt his spirit,
He knows he at the end
shall life inherit.
Then fancies fly away,
he’ll fear not what men say,
He’ll labour night and day to be a pilgrim.

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Details

  • Tune: Monks Gate
  • Meter: 65 65 65 65
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin
  • Lyricist: Percy Dearmer (1867 – 1936) after John Bunyan (1628 – 1688)
  • Church Year: General
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Father, hear the prayer we offer (Sussex – 4 Verses) -Organ

Hymn – Father, hear the prayer we offer – Lyrics

Father, hear the prayer we offer:
Not for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength that we may ever
Live our lives courageously.

Not for ever in green pastures
Do we ask our way to be;
But the steep and rugged pathway
May we tread rejoicingly.

Not for ever by still waters
Would we idly rest and stay;
But would smith the living fountains
From the rocks along our way.

Be our strength in hours of weakness,
In our wanderings be our guide;
Through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be thou at our side.

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  • Tune: Sussex
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown adapted by arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: Love Maria Whitcomb Willis (1824 – 1908)
  • Church Year: General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.