On a hill far away (The Old Rugged Cross) – Acoustic Guitar

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Lyrics

1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.
Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it some day for a crown.

2. O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
has a wondrous attraction for me;
for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above
to bear it to dark Calvary. Refrain

3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
a wondrous beauty I see,
for ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
to pardon and sanctify me. Refrain

4. To that old rugged cross I will ever be true,
its shame and reproach gladly bear;
then he’ll call me some day to my home far away,
where his glory forever I’ll share. Refrain

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: The Old Rugged Cross
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Church Year: Passiontide, Lent, Good Friday, Funerals
  • Composer: George Bennard (1873 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: George Bennard (1873 – 1958)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

On a hill far away (The Old Rugged Cross) – Organ

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Lyrics

1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.
Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it some day for a crown.

2. O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
has a wondrous attraction for me;
for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above
to bear it to dark Calvary. Refrain

3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
a wondrous beauty I see,
for ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
to pardon and sanctify me. Refrain

4. To that old rugged cross I will ever be true,
its shame and reproach gladly bear;
then he’ll call me some day to my home far away,
where his glory forever I’ll share. Refrain

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: The Old Rugged Cross
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Church Year: Passiontide, Lent, Good Friday, Funerals
  • Composer: George Bennard (1873 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: George Bennard (1873 – 1958)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Abide with me (Eventide) – Brass Band

See also ‘Abide with me’ for Organ

Lyrics

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see—
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Recordings

For Brass Band

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Details

  • Tune: Eventide
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: William Henry Monk (1823 – 1889)
  • Lyricist: Henry Francis Lyte (1793 – 1847)
  • Church Year: Evensong | Church Year: Funerals
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2009 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

 

 


One more step along the world I go (Southcote)

Hymn – One more step along the world I go – Lyrics

Lyrics Copyright © Stainer & Bell Ltd, Permission being sought to publish.

Recording

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs
  • Tune: Southcote
  • Meter: 99 79 and Refrain
  • Style: Popular
  • Usage: Weddings, Funerals
  • Composer: Sydney Bertram Carter (1915 – 2004)
  • Arranger: Colin Hand
  • Lyricist: Sydney Bertram Carter (1915 – 2004)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright © Stainer & Bell Ltd, All Rights Reserved.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

 

I vow to thee my country (Thaxted) – Orchestra

Lyric

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.

Recording – for Orchestra

See also I vow to thee my country (Thaxted) – Organ

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Thaxted
  • Meter: 13 13 13 13 13 13
  • Style: Early 20th Century
  • Composer: Gustav Theodore Holst (1874 – 1934) from Jupiter in his Planets’ Suite
  • Lyricist: Cecil Spring-Rice (1859 – 1918)
  • Church Year: Remembrance Sunday, Weddings, Funerals
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Rock of Ages (Petra, Redhead No. 76 – 4 verses) – Organ

Hymn – Rock of ages – Lyrics

Rock of ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labour of my hands
Can fulfil Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death, [originally When my eye-strings break in death]
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgement throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

Recordings

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Details

  • Tune: Petra
  • Meter: 77 77 77
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: Richard Redhead (1820 – 1901)
  • Lyricist: Augustus Montague Toplady (1740 – 1778)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Give us wings of faith (Song 67 – 5 Verses)

Hymn – Give us wings of faith – Lyrics

1. Give us the wings of faith to rise
within the veil, and see
the saints above, how great their joys,
how bright their glories be.

2. Once they were mourning here below,
their couch was wet with tears;
they wrestled hard, as we do now,
with sins and doubts and fears.

3. We ask them whence their vict’ry came:
they, with united breath,
ascribe their conquest to the Lamb,
their triumph to his death.

4. They marked the footsteps that he trod,
his zeal inspired their breast,
and, following their incarnate God,
possess the promised rest.

5. Our glorious Leader claims our praise
for his own pattern given;
while the long cloud of witnesses
show the same path to heav’n.

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Song 67
  • Verses: 4
  • Meter: 77 77
  • Church Year: General
  • Composer: Unknown. Melody from Edmund Prys’ (1544-1623) ‘Salmau Cân’ 1621
  • Lyricist: Issac Watts (1674 – 1748)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin Certain rights reserved.

 

The Lord’s my shepherd (Brother James’s Air)

Hymn – The Lord’s my shepherd – Lyrics

Based on Psalm 23

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul He doth restore again;
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
Even for His own Name’s sake.
Within the paths of righteousness,
Even for His own Name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod
And staff my comfort still.
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod
And staff my comfort still.

My table Thou hast furnishèd
In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.
And in God’s house forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.

Recording

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: James Leith Macbeth Bain (1860-1925)
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Traditional Scottish
  • Lyricist: The Scottish Psalter (1650) based upon Psalm 23
  • Church Year: General, Funerals, Weddings
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain

The Lord’s my shepherd (Crimond)

Hymn – The Lord’s my shepherd – Lyrics

Based on Psalm 23

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul He doth restore again;
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
Even for His own Name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod
And staff my comfort still.

My table Thou hast furnishèd
In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.

Recordings

Standard setting in F
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Lower setting in E Flat
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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Crimond
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Lyricist: The Scottish Psalter (1650) based upon Psalm 23
  • Church Year: General, Funerals, Weddings
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955). Certain rights reserved

O Perfect Love (Highwood – 3 Verses) – Piano

Hymn – O perfect love – Lyrics

O perfect Love, all human thought transcending,
lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne,
that theirs may be the love which knows no ending,
whom thou forevermore dost join in one.

O perfect Life, be thou their full assurance
of tender charity and steadfast faith,
of patient hope and quiet, brave endurance,
with childlike trust that fears not pain nor death.

Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;
grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife,
and to life’s day the glorious unknown morrow
that dawns upon eternal love and life.

Details

Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
Tune: Highwood
Meter: Irregular
Style: Early 20th Century
Composer: Richard Runciman Terry (1965 – 1938)
Lyricist: Dorothy Blomfield Gurney (1867 – 1936)
Church Year: General Church Year: Weddings Church Year: Funerals
Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Recordings

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