Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne (Margaret) – Organ/Trumpet Descant

Lyrics ~ 5 verses

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
When Thou camest to earth for me;
But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room
For Thy holy nativity.
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang,
Proclaiming Thy royal degree;
But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth,
And in great humility.
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest
In the shade of the forest tree;
But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God,
In the deserts of Galilee.
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

Thou camest, O Lord, with the living word
That should set Thy people free;
But with mocking scorn, and with crown of thorn,
They bore Thee to Calvary.
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

When the heavens shall ring, and the angels sing,
At Thy coming to victory,
Let Thy voice call me home, saying “Yet there is room,
There is room at My side for thee.”
My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
When Thou comest and callest for me.

Meter: 10 8 11 8 and Refrain. Lyrics by Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliot (1836 – 1897). Public Domain.

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Recordings

  • Tune: Margaret composed by Timothy Richard Matthews (1826 – 1910). Public Domain
  • Descant © Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955).
  • Performance ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin, All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900060

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At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing (Salzburg) – Organ and Descant

Lyrics

Suggest uses include Easter and Communion Services.

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing
Praise to our victorious King,
Who has washed us in the tide
Flowing from his pierced side;
Praise we him whose love divine
Gives his sacred blood for wine,
Gives his body for the feast,
Christ the victim, Christ the priest.

Where the paschal blood is poured,
Death’s dark angel sheathes his sword;
Israel’s hosts triumphant go
Through the wave that drowns the foe.
Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,
Paschal victim, paschal bread;
With sincerity and love
Eat we manna from above.

Mighty victim from the sky,
Pow’rs of hell beneath thee lie;
Death is conquered in the fight,
Thou hast brought us life and light:
Hymns of glory and of praise,
Risen Lord, to thee we raise;
Holy Father, praise to thee,
With the Spirit, ever be.

Easter triumph, Easter joy,
Nothing now can this destroy;
From sin’s pow’r do thou set free
Souls new-born, O Lord, in thee.
Hymns of glory and of praise,
Risen Lord, to thee we raise;
Holy Father, praise to thee,
With the Spirit, ever be.

Lyrics from an anonymous 7th Century hymn ‘Ad regias Agni dapes’ translated by Robert Campbell (1814 – 1868)

Recording

  • Tune: Salzburg composed by Jacob Hintze (1622 – 1702) and harmonised by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750). Public domain. Descant © 2020 Richard M.S. Irwin.
  • Meter: 77 77 D
  • Performance ℗ 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900119

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Popular Christmas Descants – For Practice

Here are a collection of recordings to help descants practice for the Christmas season.  Please contact us, if you need one that is not currently available. Each recording consists of an introductory verse, followed by the descant verse with the descant played by a trumpet.

Hark the herald angels sing

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It came upon a midnight clear

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O come all ye faithful

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O Little town of Bethlehem

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Once in royal David’s city

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While shepherds watch their flocks

 

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Rejoice, The Lord Is King (Darwell’s 148th) – Brass Band

By special request of Rev’d Dr Jules Gomes BA BD MTh PhD (Cantab), Pastor
St Augustine’s Church, Douglas, Isle of Man

See Also Rejoice, the Lord is King (Darwell’s 148th) – Organ

Lyrics ~ 5 verses

Meter: 66 66 88

Rejoice, the Lord is King! your Lord and King adore;
mortals give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Jesus, the saviour, reigns, the God of truth and love;
when he had purged our stains he took his seat above;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

His kingdom cannot fail, he rules both earth and heaven,
the keys of death and hell are to our Jesus given;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

He sits at God’s right hand till all his foes submit,
and bow to his command, and fall beneath his feet:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Rejoice in glorious hope! Jesus the Judge shall come,
and take his servants up to their eternal home.
We soon shall hear the archangel’s voice;
God’s trumpet call shall sound, rejoice!

Lyrics by Charles Wesley (1707–1788). Public Domain.

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Recording

  • Tune: Darwell’s 148th, composer  John Darwall (1731–1789). Public Domain.
  • Arrangement and Descant Copyright © 2017 Richard M S Irwin (b.1950). All Rights Reserved.
  • Performance ℗ 2017 Richard M S Irwin. All Rights Reserved
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Ye holy angels bright (Darwall’s 149th) – Organ and Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

1. Ye holy angels bright,
Who stand at God’s right hand,
Or through the realms of light
Fly at you Lord’s command,
Assist our song, or else the theme
Too high doth seem for mortal tongue.

2. Ye blessèd souls at rest,
Who ran this heavenly race,
An now, from sin released,
Behold the Saviour’s face,
God’s praises sound, as in His sight
With sweet delight you do abound.

3. Ye saints, who toil below,
Adore your heavenly King,
And onward as ye go
Some joyful anthem sing;
Take what He gives and praise Him still,
Through good or ill, Who ever lives!

4. My soul, bear thou thy part,
Triumph in God above,
And with a well-tuned heart
Sing thou the songs of love;
Let all my days till life shall end,
Whate’er he send be filled with praise.

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Darwall’s 149th
  • Meter: 66 66 44 44
  • Style: Victorian Carol
  • Composer: John Darwall (1731 – 1789)
  • Harmonised by : William Henry Monk (1823 – 1889)
  • Lyricists: Richard Baxter (1615 – 1691) and John Hampden Gurney (1802 – 1862)
  • Church Year: General, All Saints, Christmas, Weddings
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

O little town of Bethlehem (Forest Green) – Organ

Lyrics

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary;
And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love;
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King,
And Peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his His coming;
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in,
Be born to us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell:
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel.

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Forest Green with Descant
  • Meter: DCM
  • Verses 4
  • Style: Carol
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958).
  • This recording arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Phillips Brooks (1835 – 1893)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

While shepherds watched (Winchester Old) – Organ and Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

1. While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
all seated on the ground;
the angel of the Lord came down,
and glory shone around.

2. “Fear not!” said he, (for mighty dread
had seized their troubled mind):
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
to you and all mankind.”

3. “To you, in David’s town, this day
is born of David’s line
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,
and this shall be the sign:”

4. “The heavenly babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
and in a manger laid.”

5. Thus spake the seraph and forthwith
appeared a shining throng
of angels praising God, who thus
addressed their joyful song:

6. “All glory be to God on high,
and to the earth be peace;
good will henceforth from heaven to men
begin and never cease!”

Recordings

 
To simplify issues with Copyright, we have had to start using various on-line delivery services for some hymns. A recording of this hymn is available on Richard Irwin's album - "From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2" which can be found on AmazonGoogle Play, iTunesSpotify. Please Contact Us if you do not have access to these services.  
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Winchester Old
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Renaissance Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Christopher Tye (c.1505 – before 1573) from Thomas Este’s Psalter (1592)
  • Lyricist: Nahum Tate (1652 – 1715)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

The First Noel – Organ and Brass Descant

Lyrics

The first Noel, the angels say
To Bethlehem’s shepherds as they lay.
At midnight watch, when keeping sheep,
The winter wild, the light snow deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

The shepherds rose, and saw a star
Bright in the East, beyond them far,
Its beauty gave them great delight,
This star it set now day nor night.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

Now by the light of this bright star
Three wise men came from country far;
They sought a king, such their intent,
The star their guide where’er it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

Then drawing nigh to the northwest,
O’er Bethlehem town it took its rest;
The wise men learnt its cause of stay,
And found the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: The First Nowell
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Style: Victorian Carol
  • Composer: Unknown traditional English melody
  • Arranger: John Stainer (1840 – 1901)
  • Lyricist: William Sandy (1792 – 1874)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

See amid the winter’s snow (Humility – Oxford) – Organ/Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

See, amid the winter’s snow,
Born for us on Earth below,
See, the tender Lamb appears,
Promised from eternal years.
Hail, thou ever blessed morn,
Hail redemption’s happy dawn,
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Lo, within a manger lies
He who built the starry skies;
He who, throned in height sublime,
Sits among the cherubim.
Refrain

Say, ye holy shepherds,say,
What your joyful news today;
Wherefore have ye left your sheep
On the lonely mountain steep?
Refrain

“As we watched at dead of night,
Lo, we saw a wondrous light:
Angels singing ‘Peace On Earth’
Told us of the Saviour’s birth.”
Refrain

Sacred Infant, all divine,
What a tender love was Thine,
Thus to come from highest bliss
Down to such a world as this.
Refrain

Teach, O teach us, Holy Child,
By Thy face so meek and mild,
Teach us to resemble Thee,
In Thy sweet humility.

Recordings

 
To simplify issues with Copyright, we have had to start using various on-line delivery services for some hymns. A recording of this hymn is available on Richard Irwin's album - "From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2" which can be found on AmazonGoogle Play, iTunesSpotify. Please Contact Us if you do not have access to these services.  

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Humility (Oxford)
  • Meter: 77 77 and Refrain
  • Style: Victorian Carol
  • Composer: John Goss (1800 – 1880)
  • Lyricist: Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Once in royal David’s city (Irby) – Organ with Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little Child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

And, through all His wondrous childhood,
He would honour and obey,
Love and watch the lowly maiden,
In whose gentle arms He lay:
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as He.

And our eyes at last shall see Him
Through His own redeeming love,
For that Child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above;
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone.

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Recordings

 
To simplify issues with Copyright, we have had to start using various on-line delivery services for some hymns. A recording of this hymn is available on Richard Irwin's album - "From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2" which can be found on AmazonGoogle Play, iTunesSpotify. Please Contact Us if you do not have access to these services.  

 

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Irby
  • Meter: 87 87 77
  • Style: Victorian Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Henry John Gauntlett (1805 – 1876)
  • Trumpet descant – arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 – 1895)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.