Soldiers of Christ, arise (St Ethelwald – 6 verses) – Organ

Lyrics

Soldiers of Christ, arise,
and put your armor on,
strong in the strength which God supplies
thro’ his eternal Son.

Strong in the Lord of hosts,
and in his mighty pow’r,
who in the strength of Jesus trusts
is more than conqueror.

Stand then in his great might,
with all his strength endued;
but take, to arm you for the fight,
the panoply of God.

Leave no unguarded place,
no weakness of the soul;
take ev’ry virtue, ev’ry grace,
and fortify the whole.

To keep your armor bright,
attend with constant care;
still walking in your Captain’s sight,
and watching unto prayer.

From strength to strength go on;
wrestle and fight and pray;
tread all the pow’rs of darkness down,
and win the well-fought day.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: St Ethelwald
  • Meter: 66 86
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: William Henry Monk (1823 – 1889)
  • Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)
  • Usage: General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
  • ISRC: UKTU21900046
  • UID: 5060707370436

For the beauty of the earth (Dix) – Organ

Hymn – For the beauty of the earth – Lyrics

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,
Lord of all, to thee we raise

Recordings

Original Key in D Major
 
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Lower Setting in B Major
 
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Details

  • Tune: England’s Lane
  • Meter: 77 77 77
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Conrad Kocher (1786 – 1872)
  • Arranger: William Henry Monk (1823 – 1889)
  • Lyricist: Folliot Sandford Pierpoint (1835 – 1917)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Abide with me (Eventide) – Brass Band

See also ‘Abide with me’ for Organ

Lyrics

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see—
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Recordings

For Brass Band

 
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Details

  • Tune: Eventide
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: William Henry Monk (1823 – 1889)
  • Lyricist: Henry Francis Lyte (1793 – 1847)
  • Church Year: Evensong | Church Year: Funerals
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Lord, thy word abideth (Ravenshaw) – Orchestra

Lord, Thy word abideth – Lyrics

Lord, Thy Word abideth,
And our footsteps guideth;
Who its truth believeth
Light and joy receiveth.

When our foes are near us,
Then Thy Word doth cheer us,
Word of consolation,
Message of salvation.

When the storms are o’er us,
And dark clouds before us,
Then its light directeth,
And our way protecteth.

Who can tell the pleasure,
Who recount the treasure,
By Thy Word imparted
To the simple hearted?

Word of mercy, giving
Succour to the living;
Word of life, supplying
Comfort to the dying!

O that we, discerning,
Its most holy learning,
Lord, may love and fear Thee,
Evermore be near Thee!

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Ravenshaw
  • Meter: 66 66
  • Style: Traditional German
  • Composer: Unknown adapted from traditional German melody by Composer:
  • William Henry Monk (1823 – 89)
  • Lyricist: Henry Williams Baker (1821 – 1877)
  • Usage: General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright © 2009 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Lord, thy word abideth (Ravenshaw) – Organ

Lord, Thy word abideth – Lyrics

Lord, Thy Word abideth,
And our footsteps guideth;
Who its truth believeth
Light and joy receiveth.

When our foes are near us,
Then Thy Word doth cheer us,
Word of consolation,
Message of salvation.

When the storms are o’er us,
And dark clouds before us,
Then its light directeth,
And our way protecteth.

Who can tell the pleasure,
Who recount the treasure,
By Thy Word imparted
To the simple hearted?

Word of mercy, giving
Succour to the living;
Word of life, supplying
Comfort to the dying!

O that we, discerning,
Its most holy learning,
Lord, may love and fear Thee,
Evermore be near Thee!

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Ravenshaw
  • Meter: 66 66
  • Style: Traditional German
  • Composer: Unknown adapted from traditional German melody by Composer:
  • William Henry Monk (1823 – 89)
  • Lyricist: Henry Williams Baker (1821 – 1877)
  • Usage: General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright © 2009 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

The strife is o’er the battle done (Victory) – Organ

Hymn – The strife is o’er the battle done – Lyrics

1. The strife is o’er, the battle done;
Now is the Victor’s triumph won;
Now be the song of praise begun.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

2. Death’s mightiest powers have done their worst,
And Jesus hath His foes dispersed;
Let shouts of praise and joy outburst.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

3. On the third morn He rose again
Glorious in majesty to reign;
Oh, let us swell the joyful strain!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

4. Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee.
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free
That we may live and sing to Thee.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Victory
  • Meter: 888 with Alleluia
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525 – 1594)
  • Adpated by arranger: William Henry Monk (1823 – 1889)
  • Translator: Francis Pott (1832 – 1909)
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Jesus Christ is risen today (Easter Hymn – 3 verses) – Organ with Trumpet Descant

See also Jesus Christ is risen today (Easter Hymn – 4 verses) – Organ with Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly king, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Easter Hymn
  • Verses: 3
  • Meter: 77 77 and Alleluias
  • Usage: Easter
  • Composer: Unknown from Hymnal: Lyra Davidica (1708)
  • Harmonised by William Henry Monk (1823- 1889)
  • Lyricist: Unknown
    • Verse 1 anonymous translation of Surrexit hodie – 14th Century
    • Verse 2 – 3 from J. Arnolds Complete Psalmodist (1749)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Jesus Christ is risen today (Easter Hymn – 4 verses) – Organ with Trumpet Descant

See Also Jesus Christ is risen today (Easter Hymn – 3 verses) – Organ with Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly king, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!
Praise him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Easter Hymn
  • Verses: 4
  • Meter: 77 77 and Alleluia
  • Usage: Easter
  • Composer: Unknown from Hymnal: Lyra Davidica (1708)
  • Harmonised by William Henry Monk (1823- 1889)
  • Lyricist: Unknown
    • Verse 1 anonymous translation of Surrexit hodie – 14th Century
    • Verse 2 – 4 from J. Arnolds Complete Psalmodist (1749)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Jesus calls us o’er the tumult (Merton) – Organ

Lyrics

1. Jesus calls us o’er the tumult
of our life’s wild restless sea;
day by day his voice still calls us
saying, ‘Christian, follow me.’

2. As of old Saint Andrew heard it
by the Galilean lake,
turned from home and work and kindred,
leaving all for Jesus’ sake.

3. Jesus calls us from the worship
of the vain world’s golden store,
from each idol that would keep us,
saying, ‘Christian, love me more.’

4. In our joys and in our sorrows,
days of toil and hours of ease,
Jesus calls, in cares and pleasures,
‘Christian, love me more than these.’

5. Jesus calls us: by your mercies,
Saviour, may we hear your call,
give our hearts in glad obedience,
serve and love you best of all.

Recording

 
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Details
  • Tune: Merton
  • Verses: 5
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Usage: General, Saint Andrews Day
  • Composer: William Henry Monk (1823 – 1889)
  • Lyricist: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 – 1895)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

 

Now thank we all our God (Nun Danket)

Now thank we all our God – Lyrics

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessèd peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

Recordings

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Original Key F Major

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Lower Key E Major
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Video

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Nun Danket
  • Meter: 67 67 66 66
  • Style: German Reformation
  • Composer: Johann Crüger (1598 – 1662)
  • Harmony: Harmony: William Henry Monk (1823-1889)
  • Lyricist: Martin Rinkart (1586 – 1694)
  • Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1827 – 1878)
  • Church Year: General, Weddings
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2014 (video) and 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.