Why do you say your way is not clear? (Herongate)

Hymn – Why do you say your way is not clear? – Lyrics

Why do you say your way is not clear,
Why do you say “The Lord is not near,”
For have you not known this, and have you not heard,
The Everlasting God is your Lord?

And He who made the Heavens and earth
Sees all your need, knows all your worth;
He never grows tired, or weary or faint,
He cares for sinners, loves every saint.

He aids the weary, strengthens the frail,
And even strong ones falter and fail;
But those who patiently wait on the Lord
With eagles’ wings will rise up and soar.

Trust in the Lord for He ever lives,
Run in the strength that Jesus gives;
Walk on in Him Who never lets down,
Who keeps for ever, gives a crown.

Copyright © 2012 Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932) Used with Permission

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Details

  • Verses: 4
  • Tune: Herongate
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • This version: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Anthony O. Robertson © 2012
  • Arrangement and Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Inspiriation

This hymn is based on Isaiah 40:27-31

Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel,
My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?
There is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

It is a thing most wonderful (Herongate) – Organ

Lyrics

It is a thing most wonderful,
Almost too wonderful to be,
That God’s own Son should come from Heav’n,
And die to save a child like me.

And yet I know that it is true;
He chose a poor and humble lot,
And wept and toiled and mourned and died,
For love of those who loved Him not.

I cannot tell how He could love
A child so weak and full of sin;
His love must be most wonderful,
If He could die my love to win.

I sometimes think about the cross,
And shut my eyes, and try to see
The cruel nails and crown of thorns,
And Jesus crucified for me.

But even could I see Him die,
I could but see a little part
Of that great love, which, like a fire,
Is always burning in His heart.

It is most wonderful to know
His love for me so free and sure;
But ’tis more wonderful to see
My love for Him so faint and poor.

And yet I want to love Thee, Lord;
Oh, light the flame within my heart,
And I will love Thee more and more,
Until I see Thee as Thou art.

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Details

  • Tune: Herongate
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • This arrangement: Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: William Walsham How (1823 – 1897)
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

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

Lyrics

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Recording

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

 
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  • 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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Farmer, farmer, why do you plough

Hymn – Farmer, farmer, why do you plough – Lyrics

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Details

  • Tune: Farmer Farmer
  • Meter: Irregular
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Church Year: Harvest
  • Composer: Susan Sayers – arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Susan Sayers
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright © 1984 Kevin Mayhew Ltd
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What Child is this (Greensleeves) – Guitar and Flute

Carol – What Child is this – 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.

I saw three ships come sailing in

Carol – I saw three ships come sailing in – Lyrics

  1. I saw three ships come sailing in,
    On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
    I saw three ships come sailing in,
    On Christmas day in the morning.
  2. And what was in those ships all three?
    On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
    And what was in those ships all three?
    On Christmas day in the morning.
  3. Our Saviour Christ and his lady
    On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
    Our Saviour Christ and his lady,
    On Christmas day in the morning.
  4. Pray whither sailed those ships all three?
    On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
    Pray whither sailed those ships all three?
    On Christmas day in the morning.
  5. Oh, they sailed into Bethlehem,
    On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
    Oh, they sailed into Bethlehem,
    On Christmas day in the morning.
  6. And all the bells on earth shall ring,
    On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
    And all the bells on earth shall ring,
    On Christmas day in the morning.
  7. And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
    On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
    And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
    On Christmas day in the morning.
  8. And all the souls on earth shall sing,
    On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
    And all the souls on earth shall sing,
    On Christmas day in the morning.
  9. Then let us all rejoice, amen,
    On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
    Then let us all rejoice, amen,
    On Christmas day in the morning.

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: I saw three ships
  • Meter: 88 88
  • Style: Traditional English Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: Unknown Traditional English Melody from Hymnal: Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (1833)
  • Adapted by arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955).
  • Lyricist: William Chatterton Dix (1837 – 1898)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

 

On Christmas night all Christians sing (Sussex Carol)

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Sussex Carol
  • Meter: 88 88 88
  • Style: Carol, Traditional English
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958).
  • This version with Trumpet Descant arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Phillips Brooks (1835 – 1893)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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Carol – On Christmas night all Christians sing – Lyrics

On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear the news the angels bring;
On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear the news the angels bring;
News of great joy, news of great mirth,
News of our merciful King’s birth.

Then why should men on earth be sad
Since our Redeemer made us glad;
Then why should we on earth be sad
Since our Redeemer made us glad;
When from our sin, He set us free
All for to gain our liberty.

When sin departs before Your grace
Then life and health come in its place;
When sin departs before Your grace
Then life and health come in its place;
Angels and men with joy may sing
All for to see the newborn King.

All out of darkness we have light
Which made the angels sing this night;
All out of darkness we have light
Which made the angels sing this night;
“Glory to God and peace to men
Now and forevermore. Amen.”

It came upon a midnight clear (Noël) – Organ and Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold;
“Peace on the earth, good will to men,
From Heaven’s all gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains,
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever over its Babel sounds
The blessèd angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long;
Beneath the angel strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love-song which they bring;
O hush the noise, ye men of strife
And hear the angels sing.

And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road,
And hear the angels sing!

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophet-bards foretold,
When with the ever circling years
Comes round the age of gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendours fling,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Noel
  • Meter: DCM
  • Style: Carol, Traditional English
  • Lyricist: Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810 – 1876)
  • Composer: Unknown arranger: Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842 – 1900)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music Public Domain.
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God rest you merry, gentlemen (God Rest You Merry)

Carol – God rest you merry, gentlemen – Lyrics

1. God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

2. In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

3. From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

4. “Fear not then,” said the Angel,
“Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan’s power and might.”
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

5. The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

6. And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

7. Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: God Rest You Merry
  • Meter: 86 86 86 and Refrain
  • Style: Traditional English Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown Traditional English melody arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Unknown
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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For the beauty of the earth (England’s Lane) – Organ

Hymn – For the beauty of the earth – Lyrics

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,
Lord of all, to thee we raise

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Details

  • Tune: England’s Lane
  • Meter: 77 77 77
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Geoffrey Turton Shaw (1879 – 1943) adapted from traditional.
  • Lyricist: Folliot Sandford Pierpoint (1835 – 1917)
  • Music Copyright © Oxford University Press
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.