On Christmas night all Christians sing (Sussex Carol)

Lyrics

On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear the news the angels bring;
On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear the news the angels bring;
News of great joy, news of great mirth,
News of our merciful King’s birth.

Then why should men on earth be sad
Since our Redeemer made us glad;
Then why should we on earth be sad
Since our Redeemer made us glad;
When from our sin, He set us free
All for to gain our liberty.

When sin departs before Your grace
Then life and health come in its place;
When sin departs before Your grace
Then life and health come in its place;
Angels and men with joy may sing
All for to see the newborn King.

All out of darkness we have light
Which made the angels sing this night;
All out of darkness we have light
Which made the angels sing this night;
“Glory to God and peace to men
Now and forevermore. Amen.”

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Sussex Carol
  • Meter: 88 88 88
  • Style: Carol, Traditional English
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958).
  • This version with Trumpet Descant arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Phillips Brooks (1835 – 1893)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Ye watchers and ye holy ones (Lasst Uns Erfreuen)

Lyrics

Ye watchers and ye holy ones,
Bright seraphs, cherubim, and thrones,
Raise the glad strain, Alleluia!
Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers,
Virtues, archangels, angels’ choirs,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O higher than the cherubim,
More glorious than the seraphim,
Lead their praises, Alleluia!
Thou Bearer of the eternal Word,
Most gracious, magnify the Lord,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Respond, ye souls in endless rest,
Ye patriarchs and prophets blest,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Ye holy Twelve, ye martyrs strong,
All saints triumphant, raise the song,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O friend, in gladness let us sing,
Supernal anthems echoing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Lasst Uns Erfreuen
  • Meter: 88 44 88 and Alleluias
  • Style: Reformation, Carol
  • Composer: Unknown from Hymnal: Geistliche Kirchengesang, Cologne (1623) arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 -- 1958)
  • Lyricist: John Athelstan Laurie Riley (1858 -- 1945)
  • Church Year: Christmas, Ascension, Trinity
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

 

For All The Saints (Sine Nomine) – Organ & Trumpet descant

Lyrics ~ 6 verses

Suitable for the Feast of All Saints.

For all the saints, who from their labours rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
All are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
And singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Meter: 10 10 10 4. Lyrics by William Walsham How (1823 – 1897). Public Domain

Recording

  • Tune: Sine Nomine composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958). Music Copyright © Oxford University Press. Recorded with permission.
  • Performance ℗ 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900172

 

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Firmly I believe and truly (Shipston) – Organ

Lyrics

Firmly I believe and truly
God is Three, and God is One;
And I next acknowledge duly
Manhood taken by the Son.

And I trust and hope most fully
In that Manhood crucified;
And each thought and deed unruly
Do to death, as He has died.

Simply to His grace and wholly
Light and life and strength belong,
And I love supremely, solely,
Him the holy, Him the strong.

And I hold in veneration,
For the love of Him alone,
Holy Church as His creation,
And her teachings are His own.

And I take with joy whatever
Now besets me, pain or fear,
And with a strong will I sever
All the ties which bind me here.

Adoration aye be given,
With and through the angelic host,
To the God of earth and Heaven,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

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Details

  • Tune: Shipston
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: John Henry Newman (1801 – 1890)
  • Church Year: Trinity
  • Music Copyright Oxford University Press
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Father, Who In Jesus Found Us (Quem pastores) – Organ

Lyrics

We regret that we are unable to publish the lyrics to this hymn at the moment, as they are still in copyright. The lyrics of this hymn are Copyright © 1986 Stainer & Bell Ltd.

Recording

  • Tune: Quem pastores, composer unknown Harmonised by Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958). Music Copyright © Oxford Univerity Press
  • Meter: 88 87
  • Performance ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900059
  • MCPS Licence number: OLE-0018674

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Father, hear the prayer we offer (Sussex)

  • 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
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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.

Come down, O love Divine (Down Ampey)

Lyrics

Come down, O love divine, seek Thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardor glowing.
O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear,
And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn, til earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let Thy glorious light shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace, till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes His dwelling.

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Down Ampney
  • Meter: 66 11 D
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: Bianco da Siena (d. 1434)
  • Translator: Richard Frederick Littledale (1833 – 1890)
  • Church Year: Pentecost / Church Year: General / Church Year: Weddings
  • Music Copyright Oxford University Press
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright © 2009 and 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

All Creatures Of Our God And King (Lasst Uns Erfreuen) – Organ

Lyrics ~ 7 verses

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voices, let us sing:
alleluia, alleluia!
Bright brother sun with golden beams,
clear sister moon with softer gleams,
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

2 Swift rushing winds, so wild and strong,
high clouds that sail in heavens along.
O praise him, alleluia!
New-breaking morn, in praise rejoice,
and lights of evening, find a voice:
Refrain.

3 Cool flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for your Lord to hear,
alleluia, alleluia!
Fire, with your flames so fierce and bright,
giving to all both warmth and light:
Refrain.

4 Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfolds God’s blessings on our way,
O praise him, alleluia!
All flowers and fruits that in you grow,
let them his glory also show:
Refrain.

5 And all who are of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
O praise him, alleluia!
All who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and cast on him your care:
Refrain.

6 And you, most kind and gentle death,
waiting to hush our final breath,
O praise him, alleluia!
You homeward lead the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way has trod:
Refrain.

7 Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship God in humbleness,
O praise him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One:
Refrain.

Meter: 88 44 88 and Alleluias. Lyrics by William Henry Draper (1855 – 1933) based on the “Cantico di Frate Sole” of St Francis of Assisi (1182 – 1226). Public Domain.

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Recording

  • Tune: “Lasst Uns Erfreuen, composer unknown from the Hymnal “Geistliche Kirchengesang, Cologne (1623)”, arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958). Music Copyright © Oxford University Press
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