Hark, the glad sound! (Crediton) – Organ


Hark, the glad sound! The Saviour comes,
the Saviour promised long!
Let ev’ry heart prepare a throne,
and ev’ry voice a song.

He comes the pris’ners to release,
in Satan’s bondage held;
the gates of brass before Him burst,
the iron fetters yield.

He comes to free the captive mind, *
where evil thoughts control,
and for the darkness of the blind
gives light that makes them whole.

He comes the broken heart to bind,
the bleeding soul to cure,
and with the treasures of His grace
t’enrich the humbled poor.

Our glad Hosannas, Prince of Peace,
Thy welcome shall proclaim;
and heav’n’s eternal arches ring
with Thy beloved Name.

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  • Tune: Crediton
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Classical
  • Church Year: Advent, All Souls
  • Composer: Thomas Clark (1775 – 1859)
  • Harmonised by: Martin Shaw (1875 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: Philip Doddridge (1702 – 1751)
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Harmonisation Copyright Oxford University Press
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Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire (Veni, Creator Spiritus) – Organ


English Translation

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
and lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.

Thy blessed unction from above
is comfort, life, and fire of love.
Enable with perpetual light
the dullness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our soiled face
with the abundance of thy grace.
Keep far from foes, give peace at home:
where thou art guide, no ill can come.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
and thee, of both, to be but One,
that through the ages all along,
this may be our endless song:

Praise to thy eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen

Latin Original

Veni, creator Spiritus
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia,
quae tu creasti pectora.

Qui diceris Paraclitus,
altissimi donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas
et spiritalis unctio.

Tu septiformis munere,
digitus paternae dexterae
tu rite promissum Patris
sermone ditans guttura.

Accende lumen sensibus,
infunde amorem cordibus,
infirma nostri corporis,
virtute firmans perpeti.

Hostem repellas longius
pacemque dones protinus;
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.

Per te sciamus da Patrem
noscamus atque Filium,
te utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
et Filio qui a mortuis
Surrexit, ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula.


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  • Tune: Veni, Creator Spiritus
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Plainchant, Early Christian
  • Church Year: Baptism of Christ, Pentecost, All Souls
  • Composer: Unknown Melody from Hymnal: Proper Sarum
  • Lyricist: Rabanus Maurus Magnentius (c. 780 – 856)
  • Translator: John Cosin (1594 – 1672)
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
  • ISRC: UKTU21900047
  • UPC: 5060707370443

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s Cry (Winchester New) – Organ


On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake and hearken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings.

Then cleansed be every breast from sin;
make straight the way for God within,
prepare we in our hearts a home
where such a mighty Guest may come.

For thou art our salvation, Lord,
our refuge and our great reward;
without thy grace we waste away
like flowers that wither and decay.

To heal the sick stretch out thine hand,
and bid the fallen sinner stand;
shine forth and let thy light restore
earth’s own true loveliness once more.

All praise, eternal Son, to thee,
whose advent doth thy people free;
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Ghost for evermore.


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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Winchester New
  • Meter: 76 76 676
  • Style: Traditional German, Carol
  • Composer: Unknown From Hymnal: Musikalisches Hanbuch (1690)
  • Lyricist: Charles Coffin (1676 -- 1749)
  • Translator: John Chandler (1806 -- 1876)
  • Church Year: Advent, Baptism of Christ, Epiphany
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire (Crediton)


Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire,
Let us Thine influence prove:
Source of the old prophetic fire,
Fountain of life and love.

Come, Holy Ghost, for moved by Thee,
The prophets wrote and spoke;
Unlock the truth, Thyself the key,
Unseal the sacred book.

Expand Thy wings, celestial Dove,
Brood o’er our nature’s night;
On our disordered spirits move,
And let there now be light.

God, through Himself, we then shall know
If Thou within us shine;
And sound, with all Thy saints below,
The depths of love divine.


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  • Tune: Crediton
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Classical
  • Usage: All Saints, Pentecost
  • Church Year: Baptism of Christ Church Year: Pentecost
  • Composer: Thomas Clark (1775 – 1859)
  • Arranged by: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright ℗  2019 Richard M S Irwin. All Rights Reserved