Unto us a boy is born (Puer Nobis) – Organ and Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

Unto us a boy is born,
King of all creation:
Cradled in a stall was He,
The Lord of every nation,
The Lord of every nation.

Cradled in a stall was he
With sleepy cows and asses;
But the very beasts could see
That He all men surpasses,
That He all men surpasses.

Herod then with fear was filled:
‘A prince’, he said, ‘In Jewry!’
All little boys be killed
At Bethl’em in his fury,
At Bethl’em in his fury.

Now may Mary’s Son, who came
So long ago to love us,
Lead us all with hearts aflame
Unto the joys above us,
Unto the joys above us.

Omega and Alpha He!
Let the organ thunder,
While the choir with peals of glee
Doth rend the air asunder,
Doth rend the air asunder.

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Puer Nobis
  • Meter: 76 77
  • Style: Carol
  • Composer: Unknown Published in Piae Cantiones (1582)
  • Lyricist: Unknown Published in Piae Cantiones (1582)
  • Translator: Percy Dearmer (1867 -- 1936)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

The Angel Gabriel from heaven came (Birina Gaztettobat Zegoen)

Lyrics

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
With wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame:
“All hail to thee, O lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favoured lady.” Gloria!

“For know a blessed mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honour thee;
Thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
Most highly favoured lady.” Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head;
“To me be as it pleaseth God,” she said.
“My soul shall laud and magnify God’s holy name.”
Most highly favoured lady.” Gloria!

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born
In Bethlehem all on a Christmas morn,
And Christian folk through-out the world will ever say:
“Most highly favoured lady.” Gloria!

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Birina Gaztettobat Zegoen
  • Meter: 10 10 12 10
  • Style:Carol
  • Church Year: Advent | Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Sabine Baring-Gould (1834 -- 1924)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s Cry (Winchester New) – Organ

Lyrics

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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Details

  • 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.

O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni Emmanuel) – Organ

Lyrics

English

1. O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

2. O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave. Refrain

3. O come, Thou dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight! Refrain

4. O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery. Refrain

5. O come, O come, Thou Lord of Might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law4
In cloud, and majesty, and awe. Refrain

Latin

1. Veni, Veni Emmanuel!
Captivum solve Israel!
Qui gemit in exsilio,
Privatus Dei Filio.
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

2. Veni, O Jesse virgula,
Ex hostis tuos ungula,
De specu tuos tartari
Educ et antro barathri. Refrain

3. Veni, Veni O Oriens!
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque noctis tenebras. Refrain

4. Veni, Clavis Davidica,
Regna reclude caelica,
Fac iter tutum superum,
Et claude vias inferum. Refrain

5. Veni, Veni Adonai!
Qui populo in Sinai
Legem dedisti vertice,
In Majestate gloriae. Refrain

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Veni Emmanuel
  • Meter: LM and Refrain
  • Style: Mediaeval, Carol
  • Church Year: Advent, Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown adapted by arranger: Thomas Helmore (1811 -- 1890) from French Missal -- this version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Unknown from Great O Antiphons (12th -- 13th Century)
  • Translator: John Mason Neale (1818 -- 1866)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Little Donkey

Lyrics

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

Recording

 
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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Little Donkey
  • Meter: 85 85 and Refrain
  • Style: Carol
  • Composer: Eric Boswell (1921 -- 2009)
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Eric Boswell (1921 -- 2009)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Music © 1959 Eric Boswell (1921 -- 2009)
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Hark! the herald angels sing (Mendelssohn) – Organ and Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

Hark! the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies,
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest heav’n adored,
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb!
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings;
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

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Recording


 
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Details

    • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
    • Tune: Mendelssohn
    • Meter: DCM
    • Style: Victorian Carol Style: Carol
    • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809 -- 1847) adapted by William Hayman Cummings (1831 -- 1915)
    • Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707 -- 1788) and others
    • Church Year: Christmas
    • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
    • Performance ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
    • ISRC: UKTU21900063
    • UPC: 5060707370603

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Guide me, O thou great redeemer (Cwm Rhondda)

Hymn- Guide me, O thou great redeemer -- Lyrics

Guide me, O thou great redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty,
Hold me with thy powerful hand;
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer;
Be thou still my strength and shield;
Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death, and hell’s destruction
Land me safe on Canaan’s side:
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee;
I will ever give to thee.

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  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Cwm Rhondda
  • Meter: 87 87 47
  • Style: Traditional Welsh
  • Composer: John Hughes (1873 -- 1932)
  • Lyricist: William Williams (1717 -- 1791)
  • Translator: Peter Williams (1727 -- 1796)
  • Church Year: General / Church Year: Weddings
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
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A Great And Mighty Wonder (Es Ist Ein Ros entsprungen) – Organ & Trumpet Descant

Lyrics ~ 4 verses

A great and mighty wonder.
A full and holy cure:
The Virgin bears the Infant
With virgin honour pure!
Repeat the hymn again:
To God on high be glory
And peace on earth to men!

The Word becomes incarnate
And yet remains on high,
And cherubim sing anthems
To shepherds from the sky.
Repeat the hymn again:
To God on high be glory
And peace on earth to men!

While thus they sing your Monarch,
Those bright angelic bands,
Rejoice, ye vales and mountains,
Ye oceans, clap your hands.
Repeat the hymn again:
To God on high be glory
And peace on earth to men!

Since all He comes to ransom.
By all be He adored,
The Infant born in Bethl’em,
The Saviour and the Lord.
Repeat the hymn again:
To God on high be glory
And peace on earth to men!

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Es ist ein Ros entsprunge
  • Meter: 76 76 676
  • Style: Traditional German Style: Carol
  • Composer: Michael Praetorius (1571 – 1621)
  • Lyricist: Saint Germanus from Mega kai paradoxon Thauma
  • Translator: John Mason Neale (1818 -- 1866)
  • Church Year: Advent, Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Drop, drop, slow tears (Song 46 – 3 Verses) for Organ

Hymn -- Drop, drop, slow tears -- Lyrics

Drop, drop, slow tears,
and bathe those beauteous feet,
which brought from heav’n
the news and Prince of peace.

Cease not, wet eyes,
his mercies to entreat;
to cry for vengeance
sin doth never cease.

In your deep floods
drown all my faults and fears;
nor let his eye
see sin, but through my tears.

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  • Tune: Song
  • Meter: 10 10
  • Composer: Orlando Gibbons (1583 -- 1625)
  • Lyricist: Phineas Fletcher (1582- 1650)
  • Church Year: Lent, Passiontide, Good Friday
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2015 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved.

Be Thou my vision (Slane) – Organ

Lyrics ~5 verses

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.

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All words and music are in the public domain, the composer being unknown. Performances ℗ 2008 & 2010 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Be Thou my vision words in 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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Be Thou my vision words in 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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