Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round (Gibbons Song 1)

Lyrics

Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round
of circling planets singing on their way;
guide of the nations from the night profound
into the glory of the perfect day;
rule in our hearts, that we may ever be
guided and strengthened and upheld by thee.

We are of thee, the children of thy love,
the brothers of thy well-belovèd Son;
descend, O Holy Spirit, like a dove,
into our hearts, that we may be as one:
as one with thee, to whom we ever tend;
as one with him, our Brother and our Friend.

We would be one in hatred of all wrong,
one in our love of all things sweet and fair,
one with the joy that breaketh into song,
one with the grief that trembles into prayer,
one in the power that makes thy children free
to follow truth, and thus to follow thee.

O clothe us with thy heavenly armour, Lord,
thy trusty shield, thy sword of love divine;
our inspiration be thy constant word;
we ask no victories that are not thine:
give or withhold, let pain or pleasure be;
enough to know that we are serving thee.

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Song 1
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Church Year: General
  • Composer: Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625)
  • Lyricist: John White Chadwick (1840 – 1904)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

O Thou, who at Thy Eucharist didst pray (Song 1) – String, Quartet and Flute

Hymn – O Thou, who at Thy Eucharist didst pray – Lyrics

O Thou, who at Thy Eucharist didst pray
That all thy Church might be for ever one,
Grant us at every Eucharist to say
With longing heart and soul, “Thy will be done.”
O may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

For all Thy Church, O Lord, we intercede;
Make Thou our sad divisions soon to cease;
Draw us the nearer each to each, we plead,
By drawing all to Thee, O Prince of Peace;
Thus may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

We pray Thee too for wand’rers from Thy fold;
O bring them back, Good Shepherd of the sheep,
Back to the faith which saints believed of old,
Back to the Church which still that faith doth keep;
Soon may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

So, Lord, at length when sacraments shall cease,
May we be one with all Thy Church above,
One with Thy saints in one unbroken peace,
One with Thy saints in one unbounded love;
More blessèd still, in peace and love to be
One with the Trinity in Unity.

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Song 1
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Style: Renaissance
  • Composer: Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625)
  • Lyricist: William Harry Turton (1856 – 1938)
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O Thou, who at Thy Eucharist didst pray (Song 1) – Organ

Hymn – O Thou, who at Thy Eucharist didst pray – Lyrics

O Thou, who at Thy Eucharist didst pray
That all thy Church might be for ever one,
Grant us at every Eucharist to say
With longing heart and soul, “Thy will be done.”
O may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

For all Thy Church, O Lord, we intercede;
Make Thou our sad divisions soon to cease;
Draw us the nearer each to each, we plead,
By drawing all to Thee, O Prince of Peace;
Thus may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

We pray Thee too for wand’rers from Thy fold;
O bring them back, Good Shepherd of the sheep,
Back to the faith which saints believed of old,
Back to the Church which still that faith doth keep;
Soon may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

So, Lord, at length when sacraments shall cease,
May we be one with all Thy Church above,
One with Thy saints in one unbroken peace,
One with Thy saints in one unbounded love;
More blessèd still, in peace and love to be
One with the Trinity in Unity.

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Song 1
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Style: Renaissance
  • Composer: Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625)
  • Lyricist: William Harry Turton (1856 – 1938)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2010 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

On this day Earth shall ring (Personent Hodie – Theodoric)

Hymn – On this day Earth shall ring – Lyrics

latin

1. Personent hodie
voces puerulae,
laudantes iucunde
qui nobis est natus,
summo Deo datus,
et de virgineo ventre procreatus.

2. In mundo nascitur,
pannis involvitur
praesepi ponitur
stabulo brutorum,
rector supernorum.
perdidit spolia princeps infernorum.

3. Magi tres venerunt,
parvulum inquirunt,
Bethlehem adeunt,
stellulam sequendo,
ipsum adorando,
aurum, thus, et myrrham ei offerendo.

4. Omnes clericuli,
pariter pueri,
cantent ut angeli:
advenisti mundo,
laudes tibi fundo.
ideo gloria in excelsis Deo.

English

1. On this day earth shall ring
with the song children sing
to the Lord, Christ our King,
born on earth to save us;
him the Father gave us.

Refrain
Sing to Christ our Lord, Sing to Christ our King,
Sing a loud: “Gloria in excelsis Deo!”

2. His the doom, ours the mirth;
when he came down to earth,
Bethlehem saw his birth;
ox and ass beside him
from the cold would hide him.

Refrain

3. God’s bright star, o’er his head,
Wise Men three to him led;
kneel they low by his bed,
lay their gifts before him,
praise him and adore him.

Refrain

4. On this day angels sing;
with their song earth shall ring,
praising Christ, heaven’s King,
born on earth to save us;
peace and love he gave us.

Refrain

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Details

  • Tune: Personent hodie (Theodoric)
  • Meter: 666 66 and Refrain
  • Style: Renaissance
  • Usage: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: Unknown published in Pies Cantiones (1582) – arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin.
  • Lyricist: Unknown Personent hodie published in Pies Cantiones (1582)
  • Translator: Jane M. Joseph (1894-1929)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2008 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Forth in the peace of Christ we go (Deo Gracias)

Lyrics

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Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Deo Gracias
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Classical
  • Composer: Unknown – 15th Century English melody arranged by Richard M S Irwin (b.1955)
  • Lyricist: James Quinn (1919 – 2010)
  • Music Copyright © 2018 Richard M S Irwin
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What Child is this (Greensleeves) – Guitar and Flute

Lyrics

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Greensleeves
  • Meter: 87 87 68 67
  • Verses: 3
  • Style: Traditional English Folk Tune, Carol, Renaissance
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: Henry VIII, King of England (1491 – 1547)
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin
  • Lyricist: William Chatterton Dix (1837 – 1898)
  • 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!”

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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.

Long ago, prophets knew (Personent hodie – Theodoric)

Lyrics

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Personent hodie (Theodoric)
  • Meter: 666 66 and Refrain
  • Style: Renaissance, Carol
  • Composer: Unknown published in Hymnal: Pies Cantiones (1582) arranged Richard M S Irwin.
  • Lyricist: Fred Pratt Green (1903 – 2000)
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright © 1971 Stainer & Bell Ltd
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Forth in the peace of Christ we go (Duke Street)

Lyrics

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 Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Duke Street
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Classical
  • Composer: John Warrington Hatton (c. 1710 – 1793)
  • Lyricist: James Quinn (1919 – 2010)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go (Angels’ Song)

Hymn – Forth in thy Name, O Lord I go – Lyrics

Forth in thy Name, O Lord, I go,
my daily labour to pursue;
thee, only thee, resolved to know
in all I think or speak or do.

The task thy wisdom hath assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfil;
in all my works thy presence find,
and prove thy good and perfect will.

Thee may I set at my right hand,
whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
and labor on at thy command,
and offer all my works to thee.

Give me to bear thy easy yoke,
and every moment watch and pray,
and still to things eternal look,
and hasten to thy glorious day.

For thee delightfully employ
whate’er thy bounteous grace hath given;
and run my course with even joy,
and closely walk with thee to heav’n.

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Angels’ Song
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Renaissance
  • Composer: Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625) Descant arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2010 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.