O for a closer walk with God (Stracathro)

O for a closer walk with God – Lyrics

O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame,
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their memory still!
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.

The dearest idol I have known,
Whate’er that idol be
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.

So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Stracathro
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Traditional Gaelic, Traditional Celtic, Traditional Scottish
  • Composer: Charles Hutchinson (1792 – 1860) Harp Obligato arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955).
  • Lyricist: William Cowper (1731 – 1800)
  • Usage: Trinity
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2012 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Will you come and follow me (Kelvingrove)

Hymn – Will you come and follow me – Lyrics

Lyrics are still in copyright – permission being sought to publish.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Verses: 5
  • Tune: Kelvingrove
  • Meter: 76 76 77 76
  • Style: Traditional Gaelic, Traditional Celtic, Traditional Scottish
  • Usage: Pentecost
  • Composer: Anonymous
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: John L. Bell (b. 1949) and Lyricist: Graham Maule (b. 1958)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright © 1987 WGRG
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2015 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

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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 cannot tell (Londonderry Air) – Piano

Hymn – I cannot tell – Lyrics

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!’

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Tune: Londonderry Air
  • Meter: 11 10 11 10 11 10 11 12
  • Style: Traditional Irish, Traditional Gaelic, Traditional Celtic
  • Church Year: General, Lent, Church Year: Trinity
  • Composer: Unknown arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: William Young Fullerton (1857 -1932)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright © 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.