Will You Come And Follow Me (Kelvingrove – 5 Verses) – Small Band

Will You Come And Follow Me ~ Lyrics

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

Meter: 76 76 77 76. Lyricists John L. Bell (b. 1949) and Graham Maule (b. 1958). Copyright © 1987 WGRG.

Kelvingrove ~ Recording

  • Tune: Kelvingrove, a traditional Scottish melody, composer unknown. Melody Public Domain. Arrangement Copyright © 2015 Richard M.S. Irwin.
  • Performance ℗ 2015 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.
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The Chasèd Hart So Longs For Water (Planxty Irwin – 3 Verses) – Organ

The Chasèd Hart So Longs For Water ~ Lyrics

The chasèd 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. . .

Meter: 97 97 88 99. Lyrics © 2011 Richard M.S. Irwin (b. 1955). All rights reserved. CCLI 7152848

Planxty Irwin ~ Recording

  • Album: Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Planxty Irwin, a traditional Irish tune compsoed by Turlough O’Carolan (1670 – 1738). Arrangement Copyright © 2011 Richard M.S. Irwin (b. 1955).
  • Performance ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
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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

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 cannot tell (Londonderry Air) – Piano Ensemble

Lyrics – 4 verses

Suitable for: Lent, Passiontide, General Usage

I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship,
Should set his love upon the sons of men,
Or why, as Shepherd, he should seek the wanderers,
To bring them back, they know not how or when.
But this I know, that he was born of Mary
When Bethl’em’s manger was his only home,
And that he lived at Nazareth and laboured,
And so the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is come.

I cannot tell how silently he suffered,
As with his peace he graced this place of tears,
Or how his heart upon the cross was broken,
The crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, he heals the broken-hearted
And stays our sin and calms our lurking fear
And lifts the burden from the heavy laden;
For still the Saviour, Saviour of the world is here.

I cannot tell how he will win the nations,
How he will claim his earthly heritage,
How satisfy the needs and aspirations
Of east and west, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see his glory,
And he shall reap the harvest he has sown,
And some glad day his sun will shine in splendour
When he the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is known.

I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
When at his bidding every storm is stilled,
Or who can say how great the jubilation
When every heart with love and joy is filled.
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
And myriad myriad human voices sing,
And earth to heav’n, and heav’n to earth, will answer,
‘At last the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is King!’

Lyrics by William Young Fullerton (1857 – 1932), Public Domain

Recording – Download

  • Tune: Londonderry Air
  • Composer: Unknown, arranger  Richard M.S. Irwin
  • Meter: 11 10 11 10 11 10 11 12
  • Music Public Domain, arrangement Copyright © 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
  • Performance Copyright © 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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