Thy hand, O God, has guided (Thornbury)

Lyrics

Thy hand, O God, has guided
Thy flock from age to age;
The wondrous tale is written,
Full clear, on every page;
Our fathers owned Thy goodness,
And we their deeds record;
And both of this bear witness,
“One Church, one Faith, one Lord.”

Thy heralds brought glad tidings,
To greatest, as to least;
They bade men rise, and hasten
To share the great King’s feast;
And this was all their teaching,
In every deed and word,
To all alike proclaiming,
“One Church, one Faith, one Lord.”

Through many a day of darkness,
Through many a scene of strife,
The faithful few fought bravely,
To guard the nation’s life,
Their Gospel of redemption,
Sin pardoned, man restored,
Was all in this enfolded,
“One Church, one Faith, one Lord.”

And we, shall we be faithless?
Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?
Shall we evade the conflict,
And cast away our crown?
Not so: in God’s deep counsels
Some better thing is stored:
We will maintain, unflinching,
“One Church, one Faith, one Lord.”

Thy mercy will not fail us,
Nor leave Thy work undone;
With Thy right hand to help us,
The victory shall be won;
And then, by men and angels,
Thy Name shall be adored,
And this shall be their anthem,
“One Church, one Faith, one Lord.”

Recording

 
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Details

    • Verses: 5
    • Tune: Thornbury
    • Meter: 76 76 D
    • Style: Early 20th Century
    • Usage: General
    • Composer: Basil Harwood (1859 – 1949)
    • Lyricist: Edward Hayes Plumptre (1821 – 1891)
    • Music and Lyrics Public Domain
    • Performance ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All Rights Reserved
    • ISRC: UKTU21900019
    • UPC: 5060707370160

Lord, for tomorrow and its needs (Lord for tomorrow (Providence) – 5 verses) – Organ

Lyrics

1. Lord, for tomorrow and its needs
I do not pray;
keep me, my God, from stain of sin
just for today.

2. Let me both diligently work
and duly pray;
Let me be kind in word and deed,
just for today.

3. Let me be slow to do my will,
prompt to obey;
help me to sacrifice myself,
just for today.

4. Let me no wrong or idle word
unthinking say;
set thou a seal upon my lips
just for today.

5. Lord, for tomorrow and its needs
I do not pray;
but keep me, guide me, love me, Lord,
just for today.

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Lord for tomorrow (Providence)
  • Verses: 5
  • Meter: 84 84
  • Usage: General, Evensong, Communion
  • Composer:Richard Runciman Terry (1865 – 1938)
  • Lyricist: Sybil Farish Partidge (1856 – 1917)  – alias Sister Mary Xavier
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain Rights Reserved

 

We pledge to one another (Thaxted) – Organ

Lyrics

Published with permission from copyright holder © Jill Jenkins, c/o Palmers Green United Reformed Church, Fox Lane, London N13 4AL. For queries, email: [email protected]

We pledge to one another,
before the Lord above,
entire and whole and perfect,
this union of our love —
a love that will be patient,
a love that will be wise,
that will not twist with envy,
nor lose itself in lies;
a love that will not falter,
a love to hold us fast,
and bind us to each other
as long as life shall last.

We pray that God will guide us
through all the years to be,
our lives be shaped by courage,
hope and serenity.
Through joy and celebration,
through loneliness and pain,
may loyalty, compassion
and tenderness remain,
that those who share the blessing
of love that cannot cease
may walk the paths of gentleness
into the place of peace.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Thaxted
  • Meter: 13 13 13 13 13 13
  • Style: Early 20th Century
  • Composer: Gustav Theodore Holst (1874 – 1934) from Jupiter in his Planets’ Suite
  • Lyricist: Jill Jenkins (b. 1937)
  • Church Year: Weddings
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

I vow to thee my country (Thaxted) – Orchestra

Lyric

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.

Recording – for Orchestra

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Thaxted
  • Meter: 13 13 13 13 13 13
  • Style: Early 20th Century
  • Composer: Gustav Theodore Holst (1874 – 1934) from Jupiter in his Planets’ Suite
  • Lyricist: Cecil Spring-Rice (1859 – 1918)
  • Church Year: Remembrance Sunday, Weddings, Funerals
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

I come to the garden alone (In The Garden)

Hymn – I come to the garden alone – Lyrics

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet, the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me,
Within my heart is ringing.
Refrain

I’d stay in the garden with Him,
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe,
His voice to me is calling.
Refrain

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Tune: In the Garden
  • Meter: 8 9 10 7 and Refrain
  • Style: Early 20th Century
  • Church Year: Easter
  • Composer and Lyricist: Charles Austin Miles (1868 – 1946)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Praise to the Holiest in the height (Chorus Angelorium – Somervell)

Hymn – Praise to the Holiest – Lyrics

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise:
In all His words most wonderful;
Most sure in all His ways.

O loving wisdom of our God,
When all was sin and shame,
He, the last Adam, to the fight
And to the rescue came.

O wisest love! that flesh and blood
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe,
Should strive and should prevail.

And that a higher gift than grace
Should flesh and blood refine,
God’s presence, and His very self
And essence all-divine.

And in the garden secretly,
And on the cross on high,
Should teach His brethren, and inspire
To suffer and to die.

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise:
In all His words most wonderful;
Most sure in all His ways.

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Tune: Chorus Angelorium – Somervell
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Church Year: General, Lent, Passiontide
  • Composer: Arthur Sommervell (1863 – 1937)
  • Lyricist: John Henry Newman (1801 – 1890)
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved.

Just as I am, without one plea (Saffron Walden) – Piano and Woodwind

Hymn – Just as I am, without one plea – Lyrics

Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, thy love unknown
hath broken every barrier down;
now, to be thine, yea thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, of that free love
the breadth, length, depth and height to prove,
here for a season, then above,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Recordings

Standard setting in F
 
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Lower setting in C
 
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Details

Tune: Saffron Walden
Meter: 88 86
Style: Early 20th Century
Composer: Arthur Henry Brown (1830 – 1926)
Lyricist: Charlotte Elliott (1789 – 1871)
Church Year: Lent
Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Lift up your hearts (Woodlands)

Hymn – Lift up your hearts – Lyrics

“Lift up your hearts!” We lift them, Lord, to Thee;
Here at Thy feet none other may we see;
“Lift up your hearts!” E’en so, with one accord,
We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord.

Above the swamps of subterfuge and shame,
The deeds, the thoughts, that honor may not name,
The halting tongue that dares not tell the whole,
O Lord of Truth, lift every Christian soul!

Lift every gift that Thou Thyself hast given;
Low lies the best till lifted up to heaven;
Low lie the bounding heart, the teeming brain,
Till, sent from God, they mount to God again.

Then, as the trumpet call, in after years,
“Lift up your hearts!” rings pealing in our ears,
Still shall those hearts respond, with full accord
“We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord!”

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Woodlands
  • Style: 20th Century
  • Composer: Walter Greatorex (1877 – 1949)
  • Lyricist: Henry Montague Butler (1833 – 1919)
  • Church Year: General, Communion
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Glory to God (Woodlands) – Organ

We regret that we are unable to publish the lyrics to this hymn at the moment, as they are still in copyright.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Woodlands
  • Style: 20th Century
  • Composer: Walter Greatorex (1877 – 1949)
  • Lyricist: Frederick Edwin Le Grice (1911 – 1992)
  • Church Year: General, Communion
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
  • ISRC: UKTU21900019
  • UPC: 5060707370153

I vow to thee my country (Thaxted) – Organ

Lyrics

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.

Recording – for Organ

See also I vow to thee my country (Thaxted) – Orchestra

 
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Details

  • Tune: Thaxted
  • Meter: 13 13 13 13 13 13
  • Style: Early 20th Century
  • Composer: Gustav Theodore Holst (1874 – 1934) from Jupiter in his Planets’ Suite
  • Lyricist: Cecil Spring-Rice (1859 – 1918)
  • Church Year: Remembrance Sunday, Weddings, Funerals
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.