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.

He who would valiant be (Monks Gate) – Orchestra

Hymns – He who would valiant be – Lyrics

Words as adapted by Percy Dearmer Original Text by John Bunyan from Pilgrim’s Progress
He who would valiant be
’gainst all disaster,
Let him in constancy
follow the Master.
There’s no discouragement
shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.Who so beset him round
with dismal stories
Do but themselves confound –
his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his might;
though he with giants fight,
He will make good his right to be a pilgrim.Since, Lord, Thou dost defend
us with Thy Spirit,
We know we at the end,
shall life inherit.
Then fancies flee away!
I’ll fear not what men say,
I’ll labour night and day to be a pilgrim.
Who would true valour see,
let him come hither;
One here will constant be,
come wind, come weather
There’s no discouragement
shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.Whoso beset him round
with dismal stories
Do but themselves confound;
his strength the more is.
No lion can him fright,
he’ll with a giant fight,
He will have a right to be a pilgrim.Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
can daunt his spirit,
He knows he at the end
shall life inherit.
Then fancies fly away,
he’ll fear not what men say,
He’ll labour night and day to be a pilgrim.

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Details

  • Tune: Monks Gate
  • Meter: 65 65 65 65
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin
  • Lyricist: Percy Dearmer (1867 – 1936) after John Bunyan (1628 – 1688)
  • Church Year: General
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

God is working his purpose out (Benson) – Orchestra

Hymn – God is working His purpose out – Lyrics

God is working His purpose out
As year succeeds to year;
God is working his purpose out,
And the time is drawing near;
Nearer and nearer draws the time,
The time that shall surely be,
When the earth shall be filled
With the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.

From utmost east to utmost west,
Where’er man’s foot hath trod,
By the mouth of many messengers
Goes forth the voice of God:
‘Give ear to Me, ye continents,
Ye isles, give ear to Me,’
That the earth may be filled
With the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.

What can we do to work God’s work,
To prosper and increase
The brotherhood of all mankind,
The reign of the Prince of Peace?
What can we do to hasten the time,
The time that shall surely be,
When the earth shall be filled
With the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.

March we forth in the strength of God,
With the banner of Christ unfurled,
That the light of the glorious Gospel of truth
May shine throughout the world;
Fight we the fight with sorrow and sin
To set their captives free,
That the earth may be filled
With the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.

All we can do is nothing worth
Unless God blesses the deed;
Vainly we hope for the harvest-tide
Till God gives life to the seed;
Yet near and nearer draws the time,
The time that shall surely be,
When the earth shall be filled
With the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.

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Details

  • Tune: Benson
  • Meter: 86 86 87 12 8
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Church Year: Epiphany
  • Composer: Millicent Kingham (1866 – 1927)
  • Arrangement:Copyright © Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Arthur Campbell Ainger (1841 – 1919)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin.Certain rights reserved.

And did those feet in ancient times (Jerusalem – 2 Verses) – for Orchestra

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Hymn – And did those feet in ancient time – Lyrics

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen!
And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold:
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England’s green and pleasant Land.

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Details

  • Tune: Jerusalem
  • Meter: DLM
  • Style: Early 20th Century
  • Church Year: Remembrance Sunday, Church Year: Weddings
  • Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848 – 1918)
  • Lyricist: William Blake (1757 – 1827)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All Rights Reserved
  • ISRC: UKTU21900035
  • UPC: 5060707370320

 

God sent his son for all mankind (Tannernbaun – Sing Glory Alleluia) – Orchestra

Hymn – God sent his son for all mankind – Lyrics

God sent His Son for all mankind,
Sing glory, alleluia!
To save the lost, the lame and blind;
Sing glory, alleluia!
To reconcile them through His birth,
to rescue all the sons of earth.
We praise the everlasting Word,
Sing glory, alleluia!

Peace and forgiveness is our plea;
Sing glory, alleluia!
From sin’s cruel grip He sets us free;
Sing glory, alleluia!
We worship Jesus Christ the Son,
Who lived before the world began.
We praise the everlasting Word,
Sing glory, alleluia!

He is the great eternal flame;
Sing glory, alleluia!
He bears the precious Saviour’s name;
Sing glory, alleluia!
Salvation comes through trust in Him,
His Light will never ever dim.
We praise the everlasting Word,
Sing glory, alleluia!

Once we were lost, but now are found;
Sing glory, alleluia!
In joy we stand on hallowed ground;
Sing glory, alleluia!
He is the everlasting King,
He is the Lord of everything;
We praise the everlasting Word,
Sing glory, alleluia!

He is the Truth, the Life, the Way;
Sing glory, alleluia!
Sing out your praise to Him each day;
Sing glory, alleluia!
To Heav’n our hands and arms we raise
to God in love and joy and praise.
We praise the everlasting Word,
Sing glory, alleluia!

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Details

  • Tune: Tannernbaun (Sing Glory Alleluia)
  • Meter: 87 87 88 87
  • Style: Traditional German
  • Church Year: Easter Church, Christmas, General
  • Composer: Unknown arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Colin Gordon-Farleigh
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright © 2015 Colin Gordon-Farleigh
  • Arrangement © 2016 – 2018 Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955).
  • Performance Copyright ℗  2018 Richard Irwin.Certain rights reserved.

Amazing Grace

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Amazing grace
  • Meter: CM
  • Verses: 6
  • Style: Traditional American
  • Church Year: Weddings, Lent
  • Composer: Unknown – American folk melody arranged Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: John Newton (1725 – 1807)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

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Hymn – Amazing Grace – Lyrics

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T’was grace that taught my heart to fear.
And grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis grace that brought me safe thus far
and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.