April 21, 2005

43R O God, Our Dwelling Place

Original Title: "O God, Our Dwelling Place," Lewis Gilbert Wilson (1912), ST. EDMUND, 6.4.6.4.6.6.6.4., Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1872); New Title: Same hymn title, rev. REH (2005), DOWN AMPNEY, 6.6.11.6.6.11., Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906). Lewis Gilbert Wilson was an American Unitarian. He wrote about Hopedale, Massachusetts, a 19th cenutry communal experiment in "Practical Christianity," founded by Universalist Adin Ballou. He likewise edited "The Christian Doctrine of Non-Resistance," written by Adin Ballou and Leo Tolstoi. Arthur Seymour Sullivan, an Englishman, was one-half of the musical team of Gilbert and Sullivan. The hymn appears in neither Singing the Living Tradition nor in The New Century Hymnal. The hymn echoes many psalms, including in the last stanza Psalm 51:10, 15, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. . . . O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise." Verse 2 resonates with Psalm 36:9, "For with you is the fountain of life." Verse One, 'From his dwelling place [God] watches all who live on earth . . . the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love," see Psalm 33:14, 18; Psalm 148. Psalm 32:7, "You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble."

DOWN AMPNEY (6.6.11.6.6.11.)

1. O God, our dwell-ing place,
our times are ev-er thine;
Through all our years we trace love's large de-sign.
Lure us to high de-sire
and with ce-les-tial fire
in all our souls in-spire thy love di-vine.

2. O Fount, un-spent and pure,
the faint-ing hu-man soul
thou canst from death re-store, its grief con-sole.
Health thou a-lone canst give;
O let all hearts re-ceive!
Bid us a-rise and live, by thee made whole.

3. Bless thou our thought of thee,
to err-or weak-ly prone;
in hol-ier song may we thy name en- throne.
By widen-ing du-ties cast
with-in thy pur-pose vast,
may we know thee at last as we are known.

4. In ser-vice strong and fair
forth may we brave-ly go;
Thy grand realm to pre-pare, thy truth to know.
For tem-ples let us raise;
Pure hearts that sing thy praise;
And un-to end-less days thy glo-ry show.

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May 01, 2005

50R Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Original Title: "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling," Charles Wesley (1747), first tune, HYFRYDOL, 8.7.8.7.8.7.8.7., Rowland Hugh Pritchard (1855), second tune, BEECHER, 8.7.8.7.8.7.8.7., John Zundel (1870); New Title: Same hymn title, rev. REH (2006), HYFRYDOL, 8.7.8.7.8.7.8.7. The hymn first appeared in Hymns For Those That Seek, and Those That Have Redemption (1747). Charles Wesley, father of the Methodist movement, who wrote over 6,500 hymns, is said to have been inspired by the song "The Song of Venus" from John Dryden's play King Arthur. The hymn originally had four verses, and suggested that one could be completely cleansed of sin in this life. This prompted Charles' brother John Wesley to change the lyrics. It appeared with two verses only in Hymns of the Spirit Two (1937). In that version, "Jesus, thou art all compassion," became "Father, thou art all compassion." Here "Wisdom" has been substituted; see 50S for a version in which "Jesus" has been restored. Below, as in 50S, lines from the original third and fourth verses have been combined to create a third verse. Charles Wesley himself might rank "Wisdom" at least over "Father" as here, explaining in his Notes on Proverbs that "Christ, under the name of Wisdom, invites us to his entertainment;" i.e., "Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars . . . 'Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine I have mixed,'" Proverbs 9:1, 5. The hymn does not appear in Singing the Living Tradition (that said, the tune HYFRYDOL should be well known in most Unitarian Universalist congregations all the same, as it is used for no. 140, "Hail the Glorious Golden City," and no. 166, "Years Are Coming," and no. 207, "Earth Was Given As a Garden"). The hymn does appear in The New Century Hymnal to the tune BEECHER (though HYFRYDOL is suggested as an alternative) as no. 43, with four stanzas. 1 John 4:16, "God is Love," Malachi 3:1, "The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts." "And all of us ... seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another," 2 Corinthians 3:18. 2 Corinthians 5:17, "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation." "All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it," 1 Corinthians 10:13b (The Message). "[N]ew creation," 2 Corinthians 5:17.

HYFRYDOL (8.7.8.7.8.7.8.7.)

1. Love di-vine, all loves ex-cell-ing,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us a hum-ble dwell-ing;
All your faith-ful mer-cies crown!
Wis-dom, you are all com-pas-sion;
Pure, un-bound-ed love im-part;
Vis-it us with your sal-va-tion;
En-ter eve-ry trem-bling heart.

2. Breathe, O breathe your lov-ing spir-it,
In-to eve-ry trou-bled breast!
Let us all in you in-her-it;
Let us find your prom-ised rest.
We would you be al-ways bless-ing,
Al-pha and O-me-ga be;
We would praise you with-out ceas-ing;
Set our hearts at li-ber-ty.

3. Come, E-ter-nal, to de-liv-er,
Let us all your life re-ceive;
Gra-cious-ly re-turn and ne-ver,
Ne-ver more your tem-ples leave.
Her-ald-ing a new cre-a-tion;
Heaven and earth take now their place;
Let us see your great sal-va-tion;
Lost in won-der, love, and praise.

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May 02, 2005

50S Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Original Title: "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling," Charles Wesley (1747), first tune, HYFRYDOL, 8.7.8.7.8.7.8.7., Rowland Hugh Pritchard (1855), second tune, BEECHER, 8.7.8.7.8.7.8.7., John Zundel (1870); New Title: Same hymn title, rev. REH (2006), BEECHER, 8.7.8.7.8.7.8.7. The hymn first appeared in Hymns For Those That Seek, and Those That Have Redemption (1747). Charles Wesley, father of the Methodist movement, who wrote over 6,500 hymns, is said to have been inspired by the song "The Song of Venus" from John Dryden's play King Arthur. The hymn originally had four verses, and suggested that one could be completely cleansed of sin in this life. This prompted Charles' brother John Wesley to change the lyrics. It appeared with two verses only in Hymns of the Spirit Two (1937). In that version, "Jesus, thou art all compassion," became "Father, thou art all compassion." Here, "Jesus" has been restored, and lines from the original third and fourth verses have been combined to create a third verse. The hymn does not appear in Singing the Living Tradition (that said, the tune HYFRYDOL should be well known in most Unitarian Universalist congregations all the same, as it is used for no. 140, "Hail the Glorious Golden City," and no. 166, "Years Are Coming," and no. 207, "Earth Was Given As a Garden"). The hymn does appear in The New Century Hymnal to the tune BEECHER (though HYFRYDOL is suggested as an alternative) as no. 43, with four stanzas. 1 John 4:16, "God is Love," Malachi 3:1, "The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts." "And all of us ... seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another," 2 Corinthians 3:18. 2 Corinthians 5:17, "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation." Luke 7:13, "Jesus had compassion on her;" see also Matthew 14:14; Matthew 20:29-34. "All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it," 1 Corinthians 10:13b (The Message). "[N]ew creation," 2 Corinthians 5:17.

BEECHER (8.7.8.7.8.7.8.7.)

1. Love Di-vine, all loves ex-cell-ing,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us a hum-ble dwell-ing;
All your faith-ful mer-cies crown!
Jes-us, life of all com-pas-sion,
Pure un-bound-ed love all taught;
Let that love be our sal-va-tion,
En-ter-ing each trem-bling heart.

2. Breathe, O breathe a lov-ing spir-it,
In-to eve-ry trou-bled breast!
Let us all in you in-her-it;
Let us find a prom-ised rest.
Give to us your love of lov-ing,
Al-pha and O-me-ga be;
End of faith, as its be-gin-ing;
Set our hearts at li-ber-ty.

3. Come, al-migh-ty to de-liv-er,
Let us all your life re-ceive;
Gra-cious-ly re-turn and ne-ver,
Ne-ver more your tem-ples leave.
Her-ald-ing a new cre-a-tion;
Heaven and earth take now their place;
Let us see that great sal-va-tion;
Lost in won-der, love, and praise.

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May 24, 2005

66R Day By Day the Manna Fell

Original Title: "Day By Day the Manna Fell," Josiah Conder (1836), rev. REH (2005), NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND, 7.7.7.7., Enchiridion Oder Handbuchlein (1524), Bach. Mark 6:41, 50, "Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people . . . Immediately he spoke to them and said, 'Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid;'" compare lyrics "cast foreboding fears away." See also John 6:11; John 6:48, 51 "I am the bread of life." Numbers 11:5-6, "We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at;" compare Joshua 5:12. The New Century Hymnal and Singing the Living Tradition do not include the hymn.

NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND (7.7.7.7.)

1. Day by day the man-na fell;
O to learn this les-son well!
Still by cons-tant mer-cy fed,
Give me, God, my dai-ly bread.

2. "Day by day," the pro-mise reads,
dai-ly strength for dai-ly needs;
Cast fore-bod-ing fears a-way;
Take the man-na of to-day.

3. O my times are in thy hand;
All my san-guine hopes ex-pand.
On thy Wis-dom I re-cline,
and would make my pur-pose thine.

4. Thou my dai-ly task shalt give;
Day by day with thee I live;
So shall ad-ded years ful-fill,
still my own, and hea-ven’s will.

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June 17, 2005

86R In Thee Are All As In a Mother's Home

"[T]his brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found," Luke 15:32b (NRSV); see also Luke 15:4.

FARLEY CASTLE (10.10.10.10)

1. In thee, are all as in a moth-er's home,
thou dost sur-round us like the am-bient air;
Or like a bound-less sea, o'er which we roam,
and find thy gra-cious pre-sence al-ways there.

2. Thy love en-folds us, like a fath-er's arms;
Thy hand as-sists us when we go as-tray;
Thy sooth-ing voice sub-dues our vain a-larms,
and calls us back to Wis-dom's bet-ter way.

3. Through all vi-cis-si-tudes of good and ill,
we find in thee a hel-per and a friend;
Ne'er hast thou failed us; We will trust thee still,
and walk with thee un-til our days shall end.

4. End, in the dawn of the Im-mort-al Day,
of which thou art the Sun, O Love Di-vine!
When we, by thee il-lu-mined, find for aye
our con-science, rea-son, will, con-formed to thine.

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January 02, 2006

349R Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless (Round)

Original Title: "Eternal Ruler, of the Ceaseless Round," John White Chadwick (1864), first tune, SONG 1, 10.10.10.10.10.10., (alternative FFIGYSBREN), Orlando Gibbons (1623), second tune STOCKPORT (YORKSHIRE), 10.10.10.10.10.10., John Wainwright (1750); New Title: "Eternal Ruler, of the Ceaseless (Round)," rev. REH (2006), STOCKPORT (YORKSHIRE), 10.10.10.10.10.10. Chadwick was a 19th Century American Unitarian minister, who was graduated from Harvard Divinity in 1864, and ordained at Second Unitarian in Brooklyn; he wrote for both the AUA publication The Christian Register and Harper's. The New Century Hymnal and Singing the Living Tradition do not contain the hymn. "The glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one," John 17:22 (KJV). Ephesians 2:17-19 (NRSV), "So [Christ] came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God." "Then [Jesus] got into the boat with them and the wind ceased," Mark 6:51," compare "let wind or weather be" in the last verse. 2 Corinthians 5:18, "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation."

STOCKPORT (YORKSHIRE)(10.10.10.10.10.10.)

1. E-ter-nal Ru-ler of the cease-less round
of circ-ling pla-nets sing-ing on their way,
Guide of the na-tions from the night pro-found
in-to the glo-ry of the per-fect day;
rule in our hearts, that we may ev-er be
guid-ed and held by you and loved free-ly.


2. We are all yours, the chil-dren of your love,
the kind-red of your long-ex-pect-ed child;
des-cend, O ho-ly spir-it, like a dove
in-to our hearts, that we be re-con-ciled;
as one with you, to whom we ev-er tend;
as one with your be-lov-èd, our true friend.

3. We would be one in ha-tred of all wrong,
one in our love of all things sweet with care;
one with the joy that e'er breaks in-to song,
one with the grief that tremb-les in-to prayer,
one in the power that makes your chil-dren free
to fol-low truth, ev-er in li-ber-ty.

4. O clothe us with your heaven-ly ar-mor too,
your trus-ty shield, your sword of ho-ly love;
our in-spir-a-tion be your known word's due;
we ask no vic-tor-ies not from a-bove;
give or with-hold, let wind or wea-ther be,
e-nough to know that we do serve free-ly.

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January 07, 2006

556R There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

Original Title: "Souls of Men! Why Will Ye Scatter," Frederick William Faber (1854), WESTON, 8.7.8.7.8.7.8.7., John E. Roe; New Title: "There's a Wideness in God's Mercy," rev. REH (2007), ST. MABYN, 8.7.8.7. D, Arthur Henry Brown (1889). "Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you," Luke 13:4-5a (NRSV). "His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation,” Luke 1:50. Zechariah 13:17 (ESV), "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered." Isaiah 60:20 (KJV), "Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended." Luke 15:4-5, "What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing." Psalm 119:96 (ESV), "I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad." 1John 5:3 (NRSV), "For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome;" see also Romans 7:12. The hymn appears as no. 213 with three stanzas (from stanza one below, and the first half of stanza three) to the tune CHARLESTON, 8.7.8.7., in Singing the Living Tradition. It also appears as no. 23 in The New Century Hymnal to the tune IN BABILONE, 8.7.8.7.D, with two stanzas, with HOLY MANNA as an alternate.

ST. MABYN (8.7.8.7. D)

1. There's a wide-ness in God's mer-cy,
like the wide-ness of the sea;
there's a kind-ness in true jus-tice,
which is more than lib-er-ty.
For the love di-vine is broad-er
than the mea-sure of our mind;
and the heart of the E-ter-nal
is most won-der-ful-ly kind.

2. Souls on earth, why do you scat-ter
like a crowd of count-ing sheep?
Lone-some hearts, why do you wan-der
from a love so true and deep?
Do you know a kind-er shep-herd
half as gen-tle, half as sweet,
as the Sove-reign who would have us
turn to heav-en's mer-cy seat?

3. O we make love's law too nar-row
by false li-mits of our own;
and we mag-ni-fy God's strict-ness
with a zeal not heav-en's own.
If our lives were but more sim-ple,
we should live them in God's love;
then our lives would all be sun-shine
with a sweet-ness from a-bove.

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