I Bind Unto Myself Today (St Patrick’s Breastplate – 5 Verses) – Organ

I Bind Unto Myself Today Lyrics

I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me forever,
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation,
His baptism in the Jordan river,
His death on cross for my salvation,
His bursting from the spiced tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom,
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
God’s eye to watch, God’s might to stay,
God’s ear to hearken to my need,
The wisdom of my God to teach,
God’s hand to guide, God’s shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
God’s heavenly host to be my guard.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the name,
The strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three,
Of whom all nature has creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation;
Salvation is of Christ the Lord!

Meter: Irregular. Lyrics by St Patrick (373 – 463), translated by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 – 1895). Public Domain.

St Patrick’s Breastplate ~ Recording

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Oh Where Are You Going (Loredo – 5 Verses) – Piano

Lyrics

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Meter: Irregular. John Lamberton Bell (b.1949), and Graham Alexander Maule (1958 – 2019).
Lyrics Copyright © 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland.

Loredo ~ Recording

  • Tune: Loredo, traditional Irish tune known as “Streets of Loredo” in the USA. Melody Public Domain. Arrangement Copyright © 2018 Richard M S Irwin.
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Lord Of All Hopefulness (Slane – 4 Verses) – Orchestra

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Lord Of All Hopefulness Lyrics

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

Meter: 10 11 11 12. Lyricist: Jan Struther (1901 – 1953). Lyrics Copyright © Oxford University Press.

Slane ~ Orchestral Recording

  • Tune: Slane, a traditional Irish melody, composer  unknown. Public Domain.
  • Orchestral arrangement  Copyright ©  2009 Richard M S Irwin
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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

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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 – 4 Verses) – Piano Ensemble

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!’

Meter: 11 10 11 10 11 10 11 12. Lyrics by William Young Fullerton (1857 – 1932), Public Domain

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  • Tune: Londonderry Air, a traditional Irish tune. Melody Public Domain, arrangement Copyright © 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
  • Performance Copyright © 2020 Richard M S Irwin. ISRC UKTU21900097. All rights reserved.

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Lord Of All Hopefulness (Slane – 4 Verses) – Organ

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Lord Of All Hopefulness Lyrics

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

Meter: 10 11 11 12. Lyricist: Jan Struther (1901 – 1953). Lyrics Copyright © Oxford University Press.

Slane ~ Organ Recording

  • Tune: Slane, a traditional Irish melody, composer  unknown. Public Domain.
  • Organ arrangement  Copyright ©  2017 Richard M S Irwin
  • Performance ℗ 2017 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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All Hail And Welcome Holy Child (Luinneach – 3 Verses) – Flute and Harp

All Hail And Welcome Holy Child Lyrics

Meter: 87 87. Lyrics by Adoh Mac Cathmhaoil (1571 – 1626), translated by George Otto Simms (1910 – 1991). Copyright © Oxford University Press.

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Be Thou My Vision (Slane, Organ, 5 Verses)

Be Thou My Vision Lyrics

The original words are attributed to Dallán Forgaill (c. 530 – 598). The English versions were versified by Eleanor Henrietta Hull (1860 – 1935) in 1912 based upon a translation by Mary Elizabeth Byrne (1880 – 1931) published in 1905.

Please note that there are two English versions of this hymn which have slightly different meters. Please ensure that the meter in your hymn book matches the meter of the recording or singing will be difficult.

Be Thou My Vision, Meter 10 11 11 12

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Be all else but naught to me, save that Thou art.
Be Thou my best thought in the day and the night;
Both waking and sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my wisdom, be Thou my true Word;
Be Thou ever with me, and I with Thee, Lord.
Be Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son;
Be Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
Be Thou my whole armour, be Thou my true might;
Be Thou my soul’s shelter, be Thou my strong tower;
O raise Thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise;
Be Thou my inheritance now and always.
Be Thou and Thou only the first in my heart;
O Sovereign of Heaven, my treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, Thou Heaven’s bright Sun,
O grant me its joys after victory is won!
Great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be Thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

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Recording  for Meter 10 11 11 12

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Be Thou My Vision words, Meter 10 10 10 10

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee, Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for my fight,
Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight.
Thou my soul’s shelter, Thou my high tower.
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’ns Son!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.

Recording in Meter 10 10 10 10

Original Old Irish Lyrics

Rop tú mo baile, a Choimdiu cride:
ní ní nech aile acht Rí secht nime.
Rop tú mo scrútain i l-ló ‘s i n-aidche;
rop tú ad-chëar im chotlud caidche.

Rop tú mo labra, rop tú mo thuicsiu;
rop tussu dam-sa, rob misse duit-siu.
Rop tussu m’athair, rob mé do mac-su;
rop tussu lem-sa, rob misse lat-su.

Rop tú mo chathscíath, rop tú mo chlaideb;
rop tussu m’ordan, rop tussu m’airer.
Rop tú mo dítiu, rop tú mo daingen;
rop tú nom-thocba i n-áentaid n-aingel.

Rop tú cech maithius dom churp, dom anmain;
rop tú mo flaithius i n-nim ‘s i talmain.
Rop tussu t’ áenur sainserc mo chride;
ní rop nech aile acht Airdrí nime.

Co talla forum, ré n-dul it láma,
mo chuit, mo chotlud, ar méit do gráda.
Rop tussu t’ áenur m’ urrann úais amra:
ní chuinngim daíne ná maíne marba.

Rop amlaid dínsiur cech sel, cech sáegul,
mar marb oc brénad, ar t’ fégad t’ áenur.
Do serc im anmain, do grád im chride,
tabair dam amlaid, a Rí secht nime.

Tabair dam amlaid, a Rí secht nime,
do serc im anmain, do grád im chride.
Go Ríg na n-uile rís íar m-búaid léire;
ro béo i flaith nime i n-gile gréine.

A Athair inmain, cluinte mo núall-sa:
mithig (mo-núarán!) lasin trúagán trúag-sa.
A Chríst mo chride, cip ed dom-aire,
a Flaith na n-uile, rop tú mo baile.

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