Firmly I believe and truly (Shipston)

Hymn – Firmly I believe and truly – Lyrics

Firmly I believe and truly
God is Three, and God is One;
And I next acknowledge duly
Manhood taken by the Son.

And I trust and hope most fully
In that Manhood crucified;
And each thought and deed unruly
Do to death, as He has died.

Simply to His grace and wholly
Light and life and strength belong,
And I love supremely, solely,
Him the holy, Him the strong.

And I hold in veneration,
For the love of Him alone,
Holy Church as His creation,
And her teachings are His own.

And I take with joy whatever
Now besets me, pain or fear,
And with a strong will I sever
All the ties which bind me here.

Adoration aye be given,
With and through the angelic host,
To the God of earth and Heaven,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

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Details

  • Tune: Shipston
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: John Henry Newman (1801 – 1890)
  • Church Year: Trinity
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Father, hear the prayer we offer (Sussex)

  • Tune: Sussex
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown adapted by arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: Love Maria Whitcomb Willis (1824 – 1908)
  • Church Year: General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved.

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Hymn – Father, hear the prayer we offer – Lyrics

Father, hear the prayer we offer:
Not for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength that we may ever
Live our lives courageously.

Not for ever in green pastures
Do we ask our way to be;
But the steep and rugged pathway
May we tread rejoicingly.

Not for ever by still waters
Would we idly rest and stay;
But would smith the living fountains
From the rocks along our way.

Be our strength in hours of weakness,
In our wanderings be our guide;
Through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be thou at our side.

Come down, O love Divine (Down Ampey)

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Down Ampney
  • Meter: 66 11 D
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: Bianco da Siena (d. 1434)
  • Translator: Richard Frederick Littledale (1833 – 1890)
  • Church Year: Pentecost / Church Year: General / Church Year: Weddings
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright © 2009 and 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

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Hymn – Come down, O love Divine – Lyrics

Come down, O love divine, seek Thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardor glowing.
O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear,
And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn, til earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let Thy glorious light shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace, till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes His dwelling.