April 27, 2005

47R Come Thou Almighty Will!

Original Title: "Come Thou Almighty Will," Hymns of the Spirit One (1864), ITALIAN HYMN, 6.6.4.6.6.4., adapted from Felice Giardini (1769); New Title: Same hymn title, alt. REH (2005), same hymn tune. Hymns of the Spirit One (1864) was edited by Samuel Longfellow. The hymn recites numerous names and titles for the spirit of God; "Almighty Will," echoing the spirit that blowest "where it listeth," John 3:8 (KJV); "Calm of faith's confidence," recalling the title "Comforter" from John 4:16 and John 15:26; "most Tender Love," suggesting the "Love of God" in 1 John 4:9 and the equivalence of "God is Love" from 1 John 14:16; see also Romans 5:5, "Light serene," remembering too that "God is light," 1 John 1:5; Psalm 27:1. "Quickener," as quicken is now in most translations "revive," suggests the "giver of life" from the historic creeds, or the "spirit of life," Romans 8:2 (NRSV); Revelations 11:11 (KJV) and the "breath of the almighty," Job 33:4. The hymn appears in neither Singing the Living Tradition nor The New Century Hymnal.

ITALIAN HYMN (6.6.4.6.6.6.4.)

1. Come, thou Al-might-y Will!
Our faint-ing bos-soms fill
with thy great power:
Strength of our good in-tents,
our tempt-ed hour's de-fense,
calm of faith's con-fi-dence,
come, in this hour!

2. Come, thou most ten-der Love!
With-in our spir-its move,
their sweet-est guest:
Ex-alt each low de-sire,
trans-form-ing pas-sion's fire,
to deeds of love in-spire,
Quicken-er and Rest!

3. Come, Light ser-ene and still!
Our gloom-y spir-its fill
with thy clear day:
Guide of the fee-ble sight,
Star of grief's low-est night,
re-veal the path of right,
show us thy way! A-men.


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May 18, 2005

59R Breathe on Me, Breath of God

Original Title: "Breathe on Me, Breath of God," Edwin Hatch (1886), ST. BRIDE (S.M.), Samuel Howard (1762); New Title: Same hymn title, rev. REH (2005), WIRKSWORTH (S.M.), John Chetham (1718). Hatch (1853-1899) was English and an Anglican, who taught in British North America. "He breathed on them, and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit." John 20:22 (NKJV); Psalm 150:6 (NRSV), "Let everything that breathes praise the Lord." "Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live," Ezekiel 37:5 (NRSV). The hymn does not appear in Singing the Living Tradition. It does, however, appear in modified form as no. 292 to TRENTHAM (S.M.) in The New Century Hymnal.

WIRKSWORTH (S.M.)

1. Breathe on me, breath of God,
fill me with life a-new,
that I may e'er love what thou dost love,
do what thou wouldst do.

2. Breathe on me, breath of God,
un-til my heart is pure,
un-til with thee I will but one will,
and in faith se-cure.


3. Breathe on me, breath of God,
blend all my soul with thine,
un-til this pass-ing por-tion of me
glows with fire di-vine.

4. Breathe on me, breath of God,
so when I am with thee,
I shall live in thine arms the life
of thine e-ter-ni-ty.

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June 14, 2005

83S Espíritu de luz y amor

Título: "Espíritu de luz y amor," Anónimo, rev. REH (2006), MARCHING, 8.7.8.7., Martin Fallas Shaw (1915). Aparece como no. 52 en El Himnario (Church Publishing, Inc. 1998), con la tonada DOMINUS REGIT ME, 8.7.8.7., John B. Dykes. "Dios es luz," 1 Juan 1:5 (BLS); "Dios . . . ha llenado de luz nuestro corazón," 2 Corintios 4:6 (Castilian); "Dios, . . . me has librado de la muerte, para que siempre, en tu presencia, camine en la luz de la vida," Salmos 56:13 (NVI). "Sobre Dios extiende su luz y cubre con ella las profundidades del mar," Job 36:30 (RVR 1995). "Dios es amor; y el que vive en amor, vive en Dios, y Dios en él," 1 Juan 4:16 (RVA); veáse también 1 Juan 4:7-8, 12, Efesios 2:4, Romanos 15:30. "Se les aparecieron entonces unas lenguas como de fuego," Hechos 2:3 (NVI); Isaías 30:27.

MARCHING (8.7.8.7.)

1. Es-pí-ri-tu de luz y~a-mor,
es-cu-cha nues-tro rue-go;
in-fla-ma nues-tro co-ra-zón
con tu ce-les-te fue-go.

2. Ven a los que~en do-lor es-tán,
sus al-mas vi-vi-fi-ca;
y~a los que por ti vi-ven
y a-lé-gra-les la vi-da.

3. Pro-me-sa de di-vi-na paz,
y dá-di-va del buen Dios,
con tu po-der, con tu vir-tud,
vi-sí-ta-nos, no tar-des.

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December 06, 2005

208R O Jesus, Let Me Walk With You

Original Title: "O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee," Washington Gladden (1879), First Tune in Hymns of the Spirit Two, PLAISTOW, L.M., from Magdalen Hymns (c. 1760), Second Tune in Hymns of the Spirit Two, MARYTON, L.M., Henry Percey Smith (1874); New Title: "O Jesus, Let Me Walk With You," alt. 2008, MARYTON, L.M. Neither the hymn nor the tunes appear in Singing the Leaving Tradition, but the hymn, under the name "O Savior, Let Me Walk With You," to the tune MARYTON, is included in the United Church of Christ's New Century Hymnal as no. 503. Gladden was a Congregationalist minister, well known for his writings and lectures on social concerns during the 19th Century. The metaphor of walking or otherwise following occurs in the Christian Scriptures, in John 1:43, "Follow me," in Ephesians 4:1, where we are told to "lead a life worthy" to that we have been called, and in 1 John 2:6, in the line immediately after the lectionary reading for Easter 2B, in which we are told we "ought to walk as [Christ] walked;" see also Luke 5:11. In the Hebrew Bible, famously, Micah 6:8 tells us what is required is that we "walk humbly" with our God. See also Mark 10:51-52 (NRSV), "Then Jesus said to him, 'What do you want me to do for you?' The blind man said to him, 'My teacher, let me see again.' Jesus said to him, 'Go; your faith has made you well.' Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way."


MARYTON (L.M.)

1. O Je-sus, let me walk with you,
In sim-ple paths of ser-vice true;
Tell me your se-cret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.


2. Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear, win-ning word of love;
Show me the way-ward feet to stay,
And guide them in the home-ward way.


3. Show me your pa-tience; with me be
In clo-ser, dear-er, com-pa-ny,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In trust that tri-umphs ov-er wrong.

4. In hope that sends a shin-ing ray
Far down the fu-ture’s broad-ening way,
In peace that tru-ly you can give,
With you, O Je-sus, let me live.

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December 11, 2005

213S We Who Would Valour See

Original Title: "He Who Would Valiant Be," John Bunyan (1684), mod. Percy Dearmer in the English Hymnal (London 1906), MONKS GATE, 6.5.6.5.6.6.6.5., English Traditional Melody, adapt. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906); New Title: "We Who Would Valour See," based on John Bunyan's original words, rev. REH (2005), same hymn tune. John Bunyan, a Congregationalist and Baptist preacher in England, wrote these words in prison, in his work Pilgrim's Progress, for refusing to conform to the state church. This version uses Bunyan's original capitalization, and makes no use of Dreamer's modifications. The text of resonates with Acts 4:13 and Acts 4:29, in which the "servants" of Jesus are recognized as acting with "boldness" or "constancy," the exact term varying with the translation.

MONKS GATE (6.5.6.5.6.6.6.5.)

1. We who would Va-lour see
Let us come hi-ther;
One here will Con-stant be,
Come Wind, come Wea-ther.
There's no Dis-cour-age-ment,
Shall make us once Re-lent,
Our first a-vow'd In-tent,
To live as Pil-grims.

2. Who so be-set us round,
With dis-mal Sto-ries,
Do but them-selves Con-found;
Our Strength the more is.
No Li-on can us fright,
We'll with a Gi-ant Fight,
But we will have a right,
To live as Pil-grims.


3. Hob-gob-lin, nor foul Fiend,
Can daunt our Spir-it:
We know, we at the end,
Shall Life In-her-it.
Then Fan-cies fly a-way,
We'll fear not what they say,
We'll la-bour Night and Day,
To live as Pil-grims.


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January 04, 2006

431R All Souls, O God, Are Thine

Original Title: "All Souls, O Lord, Are Thine," Epes Sargent (1813-1880), LANGRAN, 10.10.10.10., James Langran (1863); New Title, "All Souls, O God, Are Thine," rev. REH (2006), same hymn tune. Sargent was a Universalist minister in the United States. "[Christ] has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth," Ephesians 1:9-10. "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he, by the grace of God, should taste death for every man," Hebrews 2:9. "And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world," 1 John 2:2. "The Savior of all, especially those who believe." 1 Timothy 4:10. "God [is] All in All," 1 Corinthians 15:28. The hymn does not appear in The New Century Hymnal nor (astonishingly) in Singing the Living Tradition.

LANGRAN (10.10.10.10.)

1. All souls, O God, are thine, as-sur-ance blest!
Thine, not our own to rob of help di-vine;
not ours to doom by an-y hu-man test,
but thine, O gra-cious God, and on-ly thine.

2. Thine, by thy va-rious dis-ci-plines, to lead
to heights where heaven-ly truths im-mort-al shine,
truths none e-ter-nal-ly shall fail to heed;
for all, O God, are thine, for-ev-er thine.

3. For-give the thought, that ev-er-last-ing ill
to a-ny can be part of thy de-sign;
fi-nite, im-per-fect, er-ring, guil-ty-- still
all souls, great God, are thine-- and mer-cy thine. A-men.

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January 16, 2006

604R How Good and Pleasant

Paraphrase of Psalm 133.

RAMOTH (8.8.6.8.8.6.)

1. How good and pleas-ant is the sight
when all souls make it a de-light
to dwell in un-i-ty;
O Love is an a-noin-ting oil
that con-se-crates our dai-ly toil
in sweet-est a-mi-ty.

2. O Love in peace and joy di-stills,
as down the slopes of Her-mon’s hills
re-fresh-ing dew des-cends;
O God pro-vides a bless-ing there,
so all shall walk in Truth and share
in life that nev-er ends.

3. How good and pleas-ant is the sight
when all souls make it a de-light
to dwell in un-i-ty;
O now des-cends the spir-it's care,
so all shall in Love's mer-cy share
true life and am-i-ty.

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