He sat to watch o’er customs paid (Winchester New – 6 verses) – Organ

Lyrics

He sat to watch o’er customs paid,
A man of scorned and hardening trade,
Alike the symbol and the tool
Of foreign masters’ hated rule.

But grace within his breast had stirred;
There needed but the timely word:
It came, true Lord of souls, from thee,
That royal summons, ‘Follow me.’

Enough, when thou wast passing by,
To hear thy voice, to meet thine eye:
He rose, responsive to the call,
And left his task, his gains, his all.

O wise exchange! with these to part,
And lay up treasure in the heart –
Who now with crown of light doth shine
Among the apostolic line.

Come, Saviour, as in days of old;
Pass where the world has strongest hold,
And faithless care and selfish greed
Are thorns that choke the holy seed.

Who keep thy gifts, O bid them claim
The steward’s, not the owner’s name;
Who yield up all for thy dear sake,
Let them of Matthew’s wealth partake.

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  • Tune: Winchester New
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Baroque, Lutheran, Traditional German
  • Composer: Unknown from Musickalisches Handbuch (1690)
  • Lyricist: William Bright (1824 – 1901)
  • Church Year: Feast of St Matthew
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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Jesus Lives, Thy Terrors Now (St Albinus – 5 Verses) – Organ

Lyrics

Jesus lives! thy terrors now
can, O death, no more appal us;
Jesus lives! by this we know
thou, O grave, canst not enthral us.
Alleluia.

Jesus lives! henceforth is death
but the gate of life immortal:
this shall calm our trembling breath,
when we pass its gloomy portal.
Alleluia.

Jesus lives! for us he died;
then, alone to Jesus living,
pure in heart may we abide,
glory to our Saviour giving.
Alleluia.

Jesus lives! our hearts know well
naught from us his love shall sever;
life nor death nor powers of hell
tear us from his keeping ever.
Alleluia.

Jesus lives! to him the throne
over all the world is given:
may we go where he is gone,
rest and reign with him in heaven.
Alleluia.

German Original “Jesus lebt, mit ihm auch ich”

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  • Tune: St Albinus
  • Meter: 78 78 and Alleluia
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Church Year: Easter, Funeral
  • Composer: Henry John Gauntlett (1805 – 1876)
  • Lyricist: Christian Fürchtegott Gellert’s (1715 – 1769)
  • Translator: Francis Elizabeth Cox (1812 – 1897)
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
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Just as I am, without one plea (Woodworth) – Organ

Hymn – Just as I am, without one plea – Lyrics

Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, thy love unknown
hath broken every barrier down;
now, to be thine, yea thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, of that free love
the breadth, length, depth and height to prove,
here for a season, then above,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Recordings

Standard setting in E Flat
 
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Lower setting in D
 
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Details

Tune: Woodworth
Meter: 88 86
Style: Victorian
Composer: William Batchelder Bradbury (1816 – 1868)
Lyricist: Charlotte Elliott (1789 – 1871)
Church Year: Lent
Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
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All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine (Engelberg) – Organ

Lyrics

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

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  • Tune: Engelberg
  • Meter: 10 10 10 4 or 10 10 10 and Alleluia
  • Style: Early 20th Century
  • Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924)
  • Lyricist: Francis Bland Tucker (1895 – 1974) based on Philippians 2.5-11
  • Church Year: General
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright ©  1982 Church Pension Fund
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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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  • 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.
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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.

Lift high the Cross (Crucifer)

Hymn – Lift high the Cross – Lyrics

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adores his sacred name.

1. Come, brethren, follow where our captain trod,
our King victorious, Christ the Son of God.

2. Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
the hosts of God in conquering ranks combine.

3. Each new-born soldier of the Crucified
bears on his brow the seal of him who died.

4. This is the sign which Satan’s legions fear
and angels veil their faces to revere:

5. Saved by the cross whereon their Lord was slain
the sons of Adam their lost home regain.

6. From north and south, from east and west they raise
in growing unison their song of praise.

7. O Lord once lifted on the glorious tree
as thou hast promised, draw us unto thee.

8. Let every race and every language tell
of him who saves our souls from death and hell.

9. From farthest regions let them homage bring
and on his cross adore their Saviour King.

10. Set up thy throne, that earth’s despair may cease
beneath the shadow of its healing peace.

11. For thy blest cross which doth for all atone
creation’s praises rise before thy throne:
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adores his sacred name.

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  • Tune: Crucifer
  • Meter: 10 10 and Refrain
  • Style: Early 20th Century
  • Composer: Sydney Hugo Nicholson (1875 – 1947)
  • Lyricist: George William Kitchin (1827 – 1912)
  • Usage: Easter, Passiontide
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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Meekness and majesty (This is your God)

Details:

  • Tune: This is your God
  • Meter: 66 65 D and Refrain
  • Composer: Graham Kendrick (b.1950)
  • Lyricist: Graham Kendrick (b.1950)
  • Usage: Lent, Passiontide
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Thankyou Music.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

We apologise but the owners of the copyright to this hymn with not allow us to give away any free recordings.

O love that wilt not let me go (Saint Margaret) – Organ

Hymn – O love that wilt not let me go – Lyrics

1. O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

2. O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

3. O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

4. O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

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  • Tune: Saint Margaret
  • Meter: 88 88 6
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Usage: General, Funeral, Passiontide, Lent
  • Composer: Albert Lister Peace (1844 – 1912)
  • Lyricist: George Matheson (1842 – 1906)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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O sacred head sore wounded (Passion Chorale)

Hymn – O sacred head sore wounded – Lyrics

1. O sacred head, sore wounded,
Defiled and put to scorn;
O kingly head, surrounded
With mocking crown of thorn:
What sorrow mars Thy grandeur?
Can death Thy bloom deflow’r?
O countenance whose splendor
The hosts of heav’en adore!

2. Thy beauty, long desired,
Hath vanished from our sight;
Thy pow’r is all expired,
And quenched the light of light.
Ah me! for whom Thou diest,
Hide not so far Thy grace:
Show me, O Love most highest,
The brightness of Thy face.

3. In Thy most bitter passion
My heart to share doth cry,
With Thee for my salvation
Upon the cross to die.
Ah, keep my heart thus moved
To stand Thy cross beneath,
To mourn Thee, well-beloved,
Yet thank Thee for Thy death.

4. What language shall I borrow
To thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
Oh, make me Thine for ever!
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love for Thee.

5. My days are few, O fail not,
With Thine immortal pow’r,
To hold me that I quail not
In death’s most fearful hour;
That I may fight befriended,
And see in my last strife
To me Thine arms extended
Upon the cross of life.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Passion Chorale
  • Meter: 76 76 D
  • Style: German Reformation
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Lyricist: Robert Seymour Bridges (1844 – 1930) Translated from the German
  • Lyricist: Paul Gerhardt (1608 – 1676)
  • Usage: Lent, Passiontide
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.