Lord of all hopefulness (Slane) – Orchestra

See also ‘Lord of all hopefulness’  for Organ

Lyrics

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: Slane
  • Meter: 10 11 11 12
  • Verses: 4
  • Style: Traditional Irish, Gaelic, Celtic
  • Church Year: Remembrance, General
  • Composer: Unknown – Traditional Irish melody.
  • Lyricist: Jan Struther (1901 – 1953).
  • Music Public Domain
  • Orchestral Arrangement:  Copyright ©  2009 Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Organ Arrangement:  Copyright ©  2017 Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyrics Copyright © Oxford University Press
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2009 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

 

May the road rise up to meet you (Gaelic Blessing)

Hymn – Gaelic Blessing – Lyrics

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always on your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May the rain fall soft upon your fields.
From now until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Gaelic Blessing
  • Meter: 8 9 9 9 8 11
  • Style: Gaelic
  • Composer: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Unknown with variations
  • Music Copyright © 2008 Richard M S Irwin, All Rights Reserved.
  • Performance Copyright © 2009 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

The chased hart so longs for water (Planxty Irwin – 3 Verses) – Organ

Lyrics

The chased hart so longs for water,
So my soul does ache for you.
For you alone are my heart’s desire
And I yearn to worship you.
My life you are, my sun so bright,
Your grace a gift that shall inspire;
I shall sing with joy and thankfulness;
Merrily bells sound from the tower.

Gold coins are like sunlight on water,
Your love lasts eternally,
Your beauty reflects all eternity,
For in each face God I see.
My life you are . . .

I hope my love will last forever,
Blessed life a gift from you,
Under blue skies and starlit nights
I’ll remember all you do;
My life you are. . .

History

The original music was composed by Turlough O’Carolan for my ancestor Col. John Irwin of Tanrego House, situated on Ballysodare Bay in Sligo. The song was probably composed after the Peace of Utrecht (1713) because the verses speak of Col. Irwin coming home from the wars. Col. Irwin was born in 1680 and died in 1752. He was High Sheriff of Sligo in 1731.

“Planxty” is a word used by Turlough O’Carolan in many of his works, and is believed to denote a tribute to a particular person and is thought possibly to be a corruption of the Irish word and popular toast “sláinte”, meaning “good health”. Some claim that the word is not Irish in origin but comes from the Latin “plangere,” meaning to strike or beat. Alternatively, its origin may stem from the Irish phrase “phlean an tí” meaning “from the house of”. Another possible explanation is that it is derived from the Latin “Planctus”, a medieval lament.

I fell in love with the tune when I heard it and originally arranged it for two flutes to be played by my daughter and her tutor before adapting it as a wedding hymn – Richard Irwin

Recordins

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Details

  • Album:
  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Planxty Irwin
  • Meter: 97 97 88 99
  • Style: Traditional Irish, Gaelic Style, Celtic
  • Church Year: General, Weddings
  • Composer: Turlough O’Carolan (1670 – 1738)
  • Arranger and Lyricist: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955) inspired by Psalm 42
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin, All Rights Reserved.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Original Words

Irish Gaelic

Racha mé ar cuairt suas gan spás
Fá dhéin dhuine uasal suadhamhail sásta
An Coirneál suairc tá ar bhruach na trágha,
Sgéal dob’ áil liom trácht air.

Fear nach leigionn sgith don chopán
Is anmhail leis ceól agus ól gan racán,
‘Sé seo Seón gan amhras,
An t-óigfhear Gaodhalach Gállta.

English

We will take our way without delay
To see a noble, brave and gay,
The gallant Colonel on the strand,
His story, I tell you, one so grand.

With mirth and joy he fills his glasses,
Delights to cheer both lads and lasses,
This is without doubt John, I will answer,
The young man from Gaodhalach Gállta.

I knew my Lord Jesus (Bridget O’Malley – 3 Verses) – Clarinet and Violin

Hymn – I knew my Lord Jesus – Lyrics

Dedicated to the Church of St Andrew, Ogbourne St Andrew, Wiltshire

I knew my Lord Jesus in lands far away,
in the land of the Jordan and David’s bright throne.
My Lord he sent me to bring you the good news,
to heal and forgive wherever I roam.

I know my Lord Jesus and walk with him daily
through fields and the forest, a long way from home.
My Lord, is with me, as I speak of his love;
in God’s grace on earth, I am never alone.

So meet my Lord Jesus and walk with him gladly,
bring peace and blessings ever into your home.
Our Lord, he is with us, our friend and redeemer,
so smile now and laugh, we are never alone.

Recording – for Clarinet and Violin

 
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Details

  • Tune: Bridget O’Malley
  • Meter: 11 12 12 11
  • Church Year: St Andrew’s Day
  • Style: Traditional Gaelic, Celtic
  • Composer: Turlough O’Carolan (1670 – 1738)
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright © 2008 – 2015 Richard M S Irwin, All Rights Reserved.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2015 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Scores

I knew my Lord Jesus (Bridget O’Malley – 3 Verses) – Clarinet & Violin

I knew my Lord Jesus (Bridget O’Malley – 3 Verses) – Organ Score

Morning has broken (Bunessan)

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Bunessan
  • Meter: 55 54 D
  • Style: Traditional Gaelic, Celtic, Traditional Scottish
  • Church Year: General, Weddings
  • Composer: Unknown Traditional Scottish
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Eleanor Farjeon (1881 – 1965)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain Lyrics David Higham Associates
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Recordings

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

Lord of all hopefulness (Slane) – Organ

See Also ‘Lord of all hopefulness’ for Orchestra

Lyrics

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

Recording

 
The music used in this recording belongs in the Public Domain, but the Performance rights ℗ belong to Richard M S Irwin. You may click the Download Button to obtain the MP3 recording for use in Worship or for personal use only. For other uses of the recording, please Contact Us.  
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  • Tune: Slane
  • Meter: 10 11 11 12
  • Verses: 4
  • Style: Traditional Irish, Gaelic, Celtic
  • Church Year: Remembrance, General
  • Composer: Unknown – Traditional Irish melody.
  • Lyricist: Jan Struther (1901 – 1953).
  • Music Public Domain
  • Orchestral Arrangement:  Copyright ©  2009 Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Organ Arrangement:  Copyright ©  2017 Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyrics Copyright © Oxford University Press
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2009 (small orchestra) 2017 (organ) Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

 

Leanabh an àigh (Bunessan)

  • Tune: Bunessan
  • Meter: 55 54 D
  • Style: Traditional Gaelic, Celtic, Scottish, Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Ma­ry M. Mac­don­ald (1789-1872)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

An English translation can be found here: Child in a manger

Recordings

 
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Carol – Leanabh an àigh – Lyrics

Leanabh an àigh, an Leanabh aig Màiri
Rugadh san stàball, Rìgh nan Dùl;
Thàinig do’n fhàsach, dh’fhuiling ’n ar n-àite
Son’ iad an àireamh bhitheas dhà dlùth!

Ged a bhios leanabain aig rìghrean na talmhainn
An greadhnachas garbh is anabarr mùirn,
’S geàrr gus am falbh iad, ’s fasaidh iad anfhann,
An àilleachd ’s an dealbh a’ searg san ùir.

Cha b’ionann ’s an t-Uan thàinig gur fuasgladh
Iriosal, stuama ghluais e’n tùs;
E naomh gun truailleachd, Cruithfhear an t-sluaigh,
Dh’éirich e suas le buaidh o ùir.

Leanabh an àigh, mar dh’aithris na fàidhean;
’S na h-àinglean àrd’, b’e miann an sùl;
’S E ’s airidh air gràdh ’s air urram thoirt dhà
Sona an àireamh bhitheas dhà dlùth.

Child in the manger (Bunessan)

Lyrics

Child in the manger, Infant of Mary,
Outcast and Stranger, Lord of all,
Child Who inherits all our transgressions,
All our demerits on Him fall.

Once the most holy Child of salvation
Gently and lowly lived below.
Now as our glorious mighty Redeemer,
See Him victorious o’er each foe.

Prophets foretold Him, Infant of wonder;
Angels behold Him on His throne.
Worthy our Savior of all our praises;
Happy forever are His own.

The original Gaelic version of this carol can be found here: Leanabh an àigh

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Tune: Bunessan
  • Meter: 55 54 D
  • Style: Traditional Gaelic, Celtic, Scottish, Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Ma­ry M. Mac­don­ald (1789-1872) in Gaelic
  • English language Translator: Lach­lan Mac­bean (1853-1931) in Hymnal: Songs and Hymns of the Gael (published Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land: 1888).
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright © 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved