I know that my Redeemer lives (Church Triumphant)

Lyrics

I know that my Redeemer lives!
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living head!

He lives to bless me with his love;
He lives to plead for me above;
He lives my hungry soul to feed;
He lives to help in time of need.

He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.

He lives, all glory to his name!
He lives, my savior, still the same;
What joy this blest assurance gives:
I know that my Redeemer lives!

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Church Triumphant
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: James William Elliott (1833 – 1915)
  • Lyricist: Samuel Medley (1738 – 1799)
  • Church Year: Easter, General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

The chased hart so longs for water (Planxty Irwin – 3 Verses) – Organ

Lyrics

The chased 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. . .

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

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Details

  • Album:
  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Planxty Irwin
  • Meter: 97 97 88 99
  • Style: Traditional Irish, Gaelic Style, Celtic
  • Church Year: General, Weddings
  • Composer: Turlough O’Carolan (1670 – 1738)
  • Arranger and Lyricist: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955) inspired by Psalm 42
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin, All Rights Reserved.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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 heard the voice of Jesus say (Kingsfold) – Organ

See Also I heard the voice of Jesus say (Kingsfold) – Woodwind and Strings

Hymn – I heard the voice of Jesus say – Lyrics

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down,
Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary and worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
And He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one,
Stoop down and drink and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life-giving stream.
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s Light.
Look unto Me; thy morn shall rise
And all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
In Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that Light of Life I’ll walk
Till traveling days are done.

Extract

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Details

  • Tune: Kingsfold
  • Meter: DCM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown originally adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Horatius Bonar (1808 – 1889)
  • Church Year: General
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2011 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

I heard the voice of Jesus say (Kingsfold) – Woodwind and Strings

Hymn – I heard the voice of Jesus say – Lyrics

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down,
Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary and worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
And He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one,
Stoop down and drink and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life-giving stream.
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s Light.
Look unto Me; thy morn shall rise
And all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
In Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that Light of Life I’ll walk
Till traveling days are done.

Recordings

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Details

  • Tune: Kingsfold
  • Meter: DCM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown originally adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Horatius Bonar (1808 – 1889)
  • Church Year: General
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2011 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Tis the gift to be simple (Simple Gifts)

Hymn – ‘Tis the gift to be simple – Lyrics

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

‘Tis the gift to be loved and that love to return,
‘Tis the gift to be taught and a richer gift to learn,
And when we expect of others what we try to live each day,
Then we’ll all live together and learn to say,
(refrain)

‘Tis the gift to have friends and a true friend to be,
‘Tis the gift to think of others not to only think of “me”,
And when we hear what others really think and really feel,
Then we’ll all live together with a love that is real.
(refrain)

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Simple Gifts
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Style: Traditional Shaker
  • Church Year: Weddings
  • Composer: Joseph Brackett (1797–1882) arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Joseph Brackett (1797–1882) and others
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

I cannot tell (Londonderry Air) – Piano

Hymn – 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!’

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Details

  • Tune: Londonderry Air
  • Meter: 11 10 11 10 11 10 11 12
  • Style: Traditional Irish, Traditional Gaelic, Traditional Celtic
  • Church Year: General, Lent, Church Year: Trinity
  • Composer: Unknown arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: William Young Fullerton (1857 -1932)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright © 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

 

How sweet the sound of Jesus name (St Peter)

Hymn – How sweet the sound of Jesus name – Lyrics

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest.

Dear Name, the Rock on which I build,
My Shield and Hiding Place,
My never failing treas’ry, filled
With boundless stores of grace!

Jesus! my shepherd, brother, friend,
my prophet, priest and king,
My Lord, my life, my way, my end,
Accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart,
And cold my warmest thought;
But when I see Thee as Thou art,
I’ll praise Thee as I ought.

Till then I would Thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath,
And may the music of Thy Name
Refresh my soul in death!

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Details

  • Tune: Saint Peter
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: Alexander Robert Reinagle (1799 – 1877)
  • Lyricist: John Newton (1725-1807)
  • Church Year: General, Lent
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright ℗  2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty (Nicea)

Hymn – Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty – Lyrics

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye made blind by sin thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in pow’r, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessèd Trinity.

Recordings

Original Key – D Major
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Lower Key – C Major
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Details

  • Tune: Nicea
  • Meter: 11 12 12 10
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Church Year: General, Trinity
  • Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 – 1876)
  • Lyricist: Reginald Heber (1783 – 1826)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

 

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord

Hymn – Holy, holy, holy is the Lord – Lyrics

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord,
Holy is the Lord God Almighty.
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord,
Holy is the Lord God Almighty:
Who was, and is, and is to come
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is the Lord,
Jesus is the Lord God almighty.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is the Lord,
Jesus is the Lord God almighty:
Who was, and is, and is to come;
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is the Lord.

Worthy, worthy, worthy is the Lord,
Worthy is the Lord God Almighty.
Worthy , worthy , worthy is the Lord,
Worthy is the Lord God Almighty:
Who was, and is, and is to come
Worthy, worthy, worthy is the Lord

Glory, glory, glory to the Lord,
Glory to the Lord God almighty.
Glory, glory, glory to the Lord,
Glory to the Lord God almighty:
Who was, and is, and is to come;
Glory, glory, glory to the Lord.

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Details

  • Tune: Holy holy holy is the Lord
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Unknown
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Arrangement Copyright © 2018 Richard M S Irwin
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

This little light of mine

Hymn – This little light of mine – Lyrics

This little light of mine, I’m gon’na to let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gon’na to let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gon’na to let it shine,
Let shine, let it  shine, let it shine.

The light that shines is the light of love;
Lights the darkness from above.
It shines on me and it shines on you,
And show what the power of love can do.
Gon’na shine my light both far and near,
Gon’na shine my light both bright and clear.
If there’s a dark corner in this land,
I’m gonna let my little light shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gon’na to let it shine. . .  

On Monday, He gave me the gift of love;
Tuesday, peace came from above.
On Wednesday he told me to have more faith;
On Thursday He gave me a little more grace.
Friday, He told me to watch and pray
Saturday, He told me just what to say,
On Sunday He gave me the power divine
To let my little light shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gon’na to let it shine. . . 

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Details

  • Tune: This little light of mine
  • Style: Spiritual
  • Meter: Irregular
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Unknown Traditional
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.