January 08, 2006

600R Pues Si Vivimos

Title: "Pues Si Vivimos," Mexican folk hymn, anonymous translation, "In All Our Living," PUES SI VIVIMOS, Irregular, traditional hymn; The hymn appears in The New Century Hymnal along with other, copyrighted stanzas as no. 499; likewise is the case with Mil voces para celebrar (in which still other stanzas appear) where it is included as no. 337. It does not appear in Singing the Living Tradition, nor in Hymns of the Spirit Two. The hymn was transcribed by Gerturde Suppe when she heard it sung by two church women from Mexico. The lyrics are based on Romans 14:8, but have other resonances as well.

PUES SI VIVIMOS (Irr.)

1. Pues si vi-vi-mos, pa-ra Dios vi-vi~mos
y si mo-ri-mos, pa-ra Dios mo-ri~mos.
Se-a que vi-va-mos, o que mu-ra~mos,
so-mos del buen Dios, so-mos del buen Dios.

2. In all our liv-ing, we be-long to God;
and in our dy-ing, we are still with God;
So,_ wheth-er liv-ing, or wheth-er dy~ing,
we be-long to God; we be-long to God.

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January 01, 2006

328R O Pure Reformers, Not in Vain

Original Title: "O Pure Reformers, Not in Vain," John Greenleaf Whittier (1843), COVENTRY, C.M., Samuel Howard (c. 1762); New Title: same hymn title, rev. REH (2006), ST. ANNE, C.M., William Croft (1708). Whittier was an 19th Century American Quaker poet, and a well-known advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. The hymn does not appear in Singing the Living Tradition, nor in The New Century Hymnal. Though the hymn predates both his ministry and the holiday, many may find it appropriate to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The lyrics speak most directly to Ephesians 4:11-16, which tells of prophets and teachers sent to "equip the saints" so that we might not be like children "tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine." Also notable are echoes of the conflict between "lies" and "truth" in the gospel of John, see John 17:17, John 8:44.

ST. ANNE (C.M.)

1. O pure re-form-ers! not in vain,
your trust in hu-man-kind;
the good which blood-shed could not gain,
your peace-ful zeal shall find.


2. The truths you urge are borne a-broad
by eve-ry wind and tide;
the voice of na-ture and of God
speaks out up-on your side.

3. The wea-pons which your hands have found
are those which heaven has wrought,
light, truth, and love; your bat-tle ground,
the free, broad field of thought.

4. O may no self-ish pur-pose break
the beau-ty of your call,
no lie from throne or al-tar shake
your stead-y faith in all.


5. Press on! and if we may not share
the glo-ry of your cry,
we'll ask at least, in earn-est prayer,
that your dreams may not die. A-men.

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262R Now Thank We All Our God

Original Title: "Now Thank We All Our God," Martin Rinkart (1636), trans. Catherine Winkworth (1858), NUN DANKET, 6.7.6.7.6.6.6.6., Johann Cruger (1647), harm. Mendelssohn; New Title: "Now Thank We All Our God," rev. REH (2006), same hymn tune. One of the best-known hymns of the Church Universal. It appears as a two-stanza hymn in Singing the Living Tradition, at no. 32; it appears without parental metaphors in The New Century Hymnal, at no. 419. It echoes both Psalm 67, and other psalms.

NUN DANKET (6.7.6.7.6.6.6.6.)

1. Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voi-ces,
who won-drous things has done, in whom this world re-joi-ces;
who from our par-ents’ arms has blessed us on our way
with count-less gifts of love, and still is ours to-day.


2. O may this boun-teous God through all our life be near us,
with ev-er joy-ful hearts and bless-èd peace to cheer us;
and keep us in true grace, and guide us when per-plexed;
and free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

3. All praise and thanks to God the Fa-ther now be giv-en;
God the Mo-ther who reigns su-preme in high-est heav-en;
The one E-ter-nal God, whom earth and heaven a-dore;
for thus it was, is now, and shall be ev-er-more.

Some congregations may wish to attempt one or more of the original German stanzas (the editors of the website would be happy to create scores for these were there any request):

1. Nun dank-et al-le Gott
mit Herz-en, Mund und Händ-en,
der gro-sse Ding-e tut
an uns und al-len End-en;
Der uns von Mut-ter-leib
und Kind-es-bein-en an
un-zäh-lig viel zu gut
bis hie-her hat ge-tan.

2. Der e-wig reich-e Gott
woll uns in uns-erm Leb-en
ein Imm-er fröh-lich Herz
und ed-len Fried-en geb-en,
und uns in sein-er Gnad
er-halt-en fort und fort
und uns aus al-ler Not
er-lös-en hier und dort.

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December 14, 2005

218R Where Cross the Crowded Ways (of Life)

Original Title: "Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life," Frank Mason North (1905), AUCORITATE SAECULI, L.M., Angers Church Melody; New Title: "Where Cross the Crowded Ways (of Life)," rev. REH (2005), same hymn tune. Neither the hymn nor the tune appears in Singing the Living Tradition. North was a Methodist, served as president of the Federal (now National) Council of Churches, and was a native of New York City, whose bustling pace is manifest in these lyrics. Though at odds with Hymns of the Spirit Two, cyberhymnal.org gives the date of publication as 1903 in The Christian City (with the tune as GERMANY, which is how it appears as hymn no. 543 in the United Church of Christ's New Century Hymnal). The site enigmatically notes a biblical allusion to Matthew 22:9. Less obscure might be Matthew 10:40-42 (NRSV): "Whoever welcomes you welcomes me ... and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."

AUCTORITATE SAECULI (L.M.)

1. Where cross the crowd-ed ways of life,
where sound out cries, our rac-es run;
a-bove the noise of self-ish strife,
we hear your voice, O Hu-man One.*

2. In haunts of wretch-ed-ness and need,
on shadow-ed thresh-olds full with fears,
from paths where hide the lures of greed,
we catch the vi-sion of your tears.

3. From ten-der child-hood's help-less-ness,
from lone-some grief, and burd-ened toil,
from fam-ished souls, from sor-row's stress,
your heart has ne-ver known re-coil.

4. The cup of wa-ter given for you,
still holds the fresh-ness of your grace;
Yet long these mul-ti-tudes to view
the sweet com-pas-sion of your face.

5. O Teach-er, from the moun-tain-side
make haste to heal these hearts of pain;
a-mong these rest-less throngs a-bide;
O tread the ci-ty's streets a-gain.


6. Till all earth's child-ren learn to love
and fol-low where your feet have trod,
till, glo-rious from your heaven a-bove,
shall come the ci-ty of our God!

* The 'Human One' is the phrase used for 'Son of Man' in the AIV edition of the Bible.

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213S Entre el vaivén de la ciudad

Título original: "Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life," Frank Mason North (1905), traductor anónimo, AUCORITATE SAECULI, 8.8.8.8., Angers Church Melody; Título nuevo: "Entre el vaivén de la ciudad," rev. REH (2005), misma tonada. El himno aparece en el himnario metodista Mil voces para celebrar (1996) como no. 296, pero con la tonada GERMANY (L.M.).

AUCTORITATE SAECULI (8.8.8.8.)

1. En-tre el vai-vén de la ciu-dad,
más fuer-te a-ún que su ru-mor;
en lid de ra-za y so-cie-dad,
tu voz o-í-mos, Re-den-tor.


2. Do-quie-ra e-xis-ta ex-plo-ta-ción,
fal-te tra-ba-jo, no haya pan;
en los um-bra-les del te-rror,
Ra-bi-no, vé-mos-te llo-rar.


3. Un va-so de a-gua pue-de ser,
hoy de tu gra-cia, la se-ñal;
mas ya las gen-tes quie-ren ver
tu com-pa-si-va y san-ta faz.

4. Has-ta que triun-fe tu dul-zor
y el mun-do pue-da o-ír tu voz
y de los cie-los, mi a-mor,
des-cien-da la Ciu-dad de Dios.

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217R Not Only Where God's Free Wind Blows

Original Title: "Not Only Where God's Free Wind Blows," Shepherd Knapp (1908), LOBB GOTT, IHR CHRISTEN, 8.6.8.8.6., Nikolaus Hermann, harm. J.S. Bach; New Title: Same hymn title, alt. REH (2005), same hymn tune. The hymn does not appear in Singing the Living Tradition nor in the United Church of Christ's New Century Hymnal, though the tune does appear to the broadly theistic hymn "Dear Weaver of Our Lives' Design," by Unitarian Universalist Nancy C. Dorian, as no. 22 in the former. Shepherd Knapp was an American Congregationalist. The lyrics seem to echo John 3:8, wherein Jesus is purported to have said that "the wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." (NRSV)

LOBT GOTT, IHR CHRISTEN (8.6.8.8.6.)

1. Not on-ly where God's free winds blow
or in the si-lent wood,
but where the ci-ty's rest-less flow
is ne-ver still, God's love we know,
and find that pre-sence good.

2. Dear God, the sun whose light is sweet,
on hill and plain and sea,
does cheer the ci-ty's bu-sy street,
and they that pass with wea-ry feet
give thanks for light free-ly.

3. O boun-ties from the field and mine
come at the ci-ty's call;
the fire up-on the heart di-vine
and home, where lights of kind-ness shine,
the dear-est gift of all.

4. More near than out-ward gifts art thou,
Sove-reign of hu-man-kind,
yea, those who un-der bur-dens bow
of toil and care thou dost en-dow
with ri-ches of the mind.

5. But in the ci-ty's grief and shame
dost thou re-fuse a part?
Ah, no, for e're burns there a flame
of hu-man help in Christ's dear name;
There, most of all, thou art.

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216R Onward, Onward, Though the Region

Original Title: "Onward, Onward, Though the Region," Samuel Johnson (1847), STUTTGART, 8.7.8.7., Christian Friedrich Witt in Psalmodia Sacra (Gotha 1715); New Title: Same hymn title, alt. REH (2005), same hymn tune. Neither the hymn nor the tune appears in Singing the Living Tradition. Prior to its publication in Hymns of the Spirit Two, the hymn was known as "Onward, Christian, Though the Region." Though "Samuel Johnson" is the name of a number of historical figures, indeed even more than one hymnist, this Samuel Johnson was a 19th Century American Unitarian. Beyond the allusion to the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:10, there is likewise an echo of Psalm 91:11 (AIV): "For God will command God's angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways."

STUTTGART (8.7.8.7.)

1. On-ward, on-ward, though the re-gion
where you are be drear and lone;
God has set a guar-dian le-gion
ver-y near you; press e'er on.

2. By the thorn road, and none o-ther,
is the mount of vi-sion won;
Tread it, shrink not, sis-ter, bro-ther,
Je-sus trod it; press e'er on.


3. By a trust-ful, calm en-deav-or,
guid-ing, cheer-ing, like the sun,
earth-bound heart, ere shall de-liv-er;
Oh, for their sake, press e'er on.

4. Be this world the wis-er, strong-er,
for a life of pain and peace;
While it needs you, oh, no long-er
pray now for a quick re-lease.

5. Pray that ere your du-ty ful-fill,
that you be the faith-ful one,
by the prayer of Je-sus, 'My will
not, but yours, Ab-ba, be done.'

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215R Not Always on the Mount May We

Original Title: "Not Always On the Mount May We," Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1912), TRANSYLVANIA, L.M., arranged from a 16th Century Hungarian Chorale, by Robert Levine Sanders; New Title: Same title, alt. REH (2005), same hymn tune. The hymn does not appear in Singing the Living Tradition, but TRANSYLVANIA is paired therein with hymn no. 322, "Thanks Be for These," by the Gilberts. In some ways, the hymn in Singing the Living Tradition is a rewrite of the present hymn using more humanistic images (though not lacking suggestions of the Divine), for example substituting "the Spirit's tidal ebb and flow" with "moments of grief, days of delight, triumph and failure intertwine." Hosmer was an American Unitarian; Richard Seward Gilbert and Joyce Timmerman Gilbert are 20th Century Unitarian Universalists. It is worth pointing out that the earlier hymn fits into what must be an exceedingly limited collection of music, that being "hymns written by Unitarians in North America for Transfiguration Sunday" (the Sunday immediately prior to Ash Wednesday); See Luke 9:29-31.

TRANSYLVANIA (L.M.)

1. Not al-ways on the mount may we
rapt in the heaven-ly vi-sion be:
The shores of thought and feel-ing know
the Spir-it's ti-dal ebb and flow.

2. 'O it is good a-bid-ing here,'
We cry, the heaven-ly pre-sence near:
The vi-sion va-nish-es, our eyes
are lift-ed in-to va-cant skies.

3. Yet has one such ex-al-ted hour
up-on the soul re-deem-ing power,
and in its strength, through af-ter days,
we tra-vel our ap-poin-ted ways,

4. Till all the low-ly vale grows bright,
trans-fi-gured in re-mem-bered light,
and in un-ti-ring souls we bear
the fresh-ness of the up-per air.


5. The mount for vi-sion: but be-low
the paths of dai-ly du-ty go,
and no-bler life there-in shall own
the pat-tern on the moun-tain shown.


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December 13, 2005

214R Rabbi and Worker of Years Past

Original Title: "O Master Workman of the Race," Jay Thomas Stocking (1912), OLD 137TH, C.M.D., One and Fiftie Psalms of David (1556); New Title: "Rabbi and Worker of Years Past," alt. REH (2005), same hymn tune. The hymn does not appear in Singing the Living Tradition. Stocking was an American Congregationalist. The source of OLD 137TH is also thought to be John Day's Psalter (1553), although this is not what Hymns of the Spirit Two has to say on the matter. The disciples of Jesus called him "rabbi," translated as "magister" in Latin; this appears variously as master, teacher and rabbi in English versions of the Bible; all speak to Jesus' teaching ministry, but only the final designation in English makes clear his identity as a Jewish teacher. The lyrics seem to echo Luke 2:24b (NKJV): "Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?"

OLD 137TH (C.M.D.)

1. Rab-bi and Work-er of years past, the one from Gal-i-lee,
who with the mind of ear-ly youth sub-lime things did per-ceive,
we give thanks for a child-hood faith that shone a whole life through;
"Did you not know it is my work, and our God's work to do?"

2. O Car-pen-ter of Na-za-reth, Buil-der of life di-vine,
who shapes our lives to God’s own law, your own, the true de-sign,
build us a tower of Christ-like height, that we the land may view,
and, lo, like you, our nob-lest work, the Sove-reign's work to do.


3. O one who does the vi-sion send and ere gives each a task,
and with the task suf-fic-ient strength, show us your will, we ask;
Give us a cons-cience bold and good, give us a pur-pose true,
that it may be our high-est joy, our Sove-reign's work to do.


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December 12, 2005

213R We Who Would Valiant Be

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 Valiant Be," 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; the original title then was "Who Would True Valour See." Dreamer added the phrases "follow the Master" and "Lord, thou dost defend us with thy Spirit" only in 1906. These both become "Savior" in the United Church of Christ version published in the New Century Hymnal, paired with with tune ST. DUNSTAN'S, as no. 494. The version in Singing the Living Tradition, though as here set to the tune MONKS GATE as no. 206, eschews explicit identification of the Divine, in some senses truer to Bunyan than Dreamer (See no. 213S herein). The Dearmer version resonates with John 12:26a (NRSV): "Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also."

MONKS GATE (6.5.6.5.6.6.6.5.)

1. We who would va-liant be, come wind, come wea-ther,
fol-low in con-stan-cy the Day-star ev-er.
There’s no dis-cour-age-ment shall make us once re-lent
our first a-vowed 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 foes shall stay our might; though we with gi-ants fight,
we will make good our right to live as Pil-grims.

3. Since, God, you e'er de-fend us with your spir-it,
we know we at the end, shall life in-her-it.
Then fanc-ies flee a-way! We’ll fear not what they say,
we’ll lab-or night and day to live as Pil-grims.

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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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December 10, 2005

212R Christ Calls 'Take Up the Cross'

Original Title: "Thou Say'st, 'Take Up Thy Cross,'" Francis Turner Palgrave (1865), ST. THOMAS, S.M., Aaron Williams (1763); New Title: "Christ Call 'Take Up the Cross,'", rev. REH (2005), OLD 134TH (S.M.), Genevan Psalter (1543), arr. William Crotch (1836). The tune is also known as ST. MICHAEL and CALVIN. The text resonantes with Matthew 4:19(b): "Jesus ... said to them, 'Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.'" Matthew 4:19b (NRSV). Palgrave was a English Anglican, and also held a chair as professor of poetry at Oxford. The hymn appears neither in Singing the Living Tradition nor in The New Century Hymnal.

OLD 134 (S.M.)

1. Christ calls: 'Take up the cross,
O friends, then fol-low me,'
the night is dim,
the soles worn thin,
yet we fol-low free-ly.

2. Come faint and far the voice,
from vales of Gal-i-lee;
Vi-sion ere fades
in an-cient shades;
how do we serve free-ly?

3. O hea-vy cross of faith,
in what we can-not see,
as once re-store
the self of yore
as we fol-low free-ly.

4. If not as once you came
in true hu-man-i-ty
come yet with-in
as guest a-gain
so we fol-low free-ly.


5. With-in our heart of hearts,
in near-est near-ness be:
Set up a throne
with-in your own,
Christ, we fol-low free-ly.

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December 09, 2005

211R Not Long on Hermon's Holy Height

Original Title: "Not Long on Hermon's Holy Height," Theodore Claudius Pease (1891), ANGELUS, L.M., Cantica Spiritualia (1847), melody by Georg Joseph (1657); New Title: Same hymn title, rev. REH (2005), same hymn tune. Pease was a 19th Century American Congregationalist. Hermon is the name of a mountain, or chain of mountains, in northern Palestine, as in: "The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name," Psalm 89:12 (KJV). The location of the transfiguration in the New Testament is not explicit; see Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-8 and Luke 9:28-36; Origen (and other early Church scholars) believed that it occurred, in fact, on Mount Tabor (and close followers of Origen, an early Universalist, are welcome to substitute "Tabor" for "Hermon"). The hymn and the hymn tune do not appear in The New Century Hymnal nor in Singing the Living Tradition.

ANGELUS (L.M.)

1. Not long on Her-mon's ho-ly height,
the heaven-ly vi-sion fills our sight,
we may not breathe that pur-er air,
nor build our tab-er-nac-les there.

2. If with the Teach-er we would go,
our feet must thread the vale be-low,
where dim the lone-ly path-ways wind,
the gold-en glo-ry left be-hind.


3. Where hung-ry souls ask one to feed,
where wander-ers cry for one to lead,
where help-less hearts in chains are bound,
the Auth-or of Faith still be found.


4. There, bend-ing pa-tient o'er a task,
no rai-ment white our eyes shall ask,
con-tent while through each cloud we trace,
the glo-ry of the Rab-bi's face.


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December 08, 2005

210R A Voice by Jordan's Shore

Original Title: "A Voice by Jordan's Shore," Samuel Longfellow (1864), CAMBRIDGE (S.M.), Ralph Harrison (c. 1784), alt.; New Title: Same hymn title, rev. REH (2005), ST. AUGUSTINE (S.M.D.), from Chorale Songs for Four Voices (1769). Samuel Longfellow, a Unitarian poet, edited the first Hymns of the Spirit (1864); this hymn appeared therein. The hymn nor the tune appears in Singing the Living Tradition nor in The New Century Hymnal. The lyrics speak to what in Greek is called "metanoia," or what is misleadingly translated as "repentance" in English. Longfellow chose "reform," which is closer to the mark; this new version includes variations on "re-think," lest there be any taint of overly zealous piety. "Metanoia" cried out both John the Baptist in Matthew 3:2, as well as Jesus in Mark 1:15, "the reign of God is near, be new-minded (i.e., repent, or literally, re-think) and believe in this good news." The Jordan and a "baptism of repentance," and a "voice" in the wilderness, elements in the hymn, are all mentioned in Luke 3:3-4.

ST. AUGUSTINE (S.M.D.)

1. A voice by Jor-dan's shore,
'Be new-mind-ed' I hear:
Re-form, re-think, be just e're-more;
God's grac-es ere draw near.
A voice in Gal-i-lee:
'A new mind' now the cheer;
Love God, and neigh-bor too, for see,
God's mer-cies ere draw near.

2. O voice of du-ty, still
speak forth, I hear with awe;
With you I trust a sove-reign will,
o-bey an in-ner law.
O high-er voice of love,
yet speak a word in me;
Through du-ty let me up-ward move,
to your pure li-ber-ty!


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December 07, 2005

209R O You Great Friend

Original Title: "O Thou Great Friend," Theodore Parker (1846), LANGRAN, 10.10.10.10., James Langran (1863); New Title: "O You Great Friend," rev. REH (2005), same hymn tune. Neither the tune nor the hymn appears in Singing the Living Tradition nor The New Century Hymnal. Theodore Parker was a 19th Century Unitarian minister and social reformer, leader within the "Transcendentalist" school and friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson, perhaps best known for "The Permanent and Transient in Christianity," a sermon given in 1841, on Luke 21:33 "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my word shall not pass away." That "word," that is, the "truth" which "is still the light," is found in these lyrics; these constitute as well a liberal religious take on John 14:6a (NRSV), "Jesus said ... 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life.'"

LANGRAN (10.10.10.10.)

1. O you, Great Friend, to all the earth's child-ren,
who once ap-peared in humb-lest guise be-low,
sin to re-buke, to break the cap-tive’s chain,
to call the kin-dred forth from want and woe.


2. You would I sing: Your truth is still the light
which guides the na-tions grop-ing on their way,
stum-bling and fall-ing in dis-ast-rous night,
yet hop-ing ev-er for the per-fect day.

3. Yes, you are still the Life; You are the Way;
The hol-iest know— Light, Life and Way of Heaven;
And they who dear-ly hope and deep-ly pray,
toil by the Truth, Life, Way that you have given.

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December 06, 2005

208R O Teacher, 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 Teacher, Let Me Walk With You," alt. REH (2005), 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." In the Hebrew Bible, famously, Micah 6:8 tells us what is required is that we "walk humbly" with our God.

MARYTON (L.M.)

1. O Tea-cher, 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 on-ly you can give,
O Tea-cher, with you let me live.


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December 05, 2005

207R When Love's Sovereign Sojourned (Here)

Original Title: "When the Lord of Love Was Here," Stopford Augustus Brooke (1881), MISERICORDE (7.7.5.7.7.5.), Robert L. Sanders (1932); New Title: "When Love's Sovereign Sojourned (Here)," rev. REH (2005), Same hymn tune. Neither hymn nor tune appears in either Singing the Living Tradition nor in The New Century Hymnal. Brooke was a 19th Century Irish writer and churchman, first ordained in the Chruch of England, but later he officiated as a Unitarian minister at Bedford chapel, Bloomsbury. The hymn recollects the words of Jesus that we are to "love God," and "love our neighbors" (even our enemies) as ourselves, and that all the law and prophets rest on these two commandments. Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27. Also echoed in the hymn is 1 John 4:19-21, which records that Jesus "loved us" before we loved him. The "parables of God" of which Brooke speaks are found through out the gospels, but above all in Mark, chapter 4:1-20, in a series of stories regarding seeds, birds, soil, and the transforming and self-producing power of the earth. The UUA's Skinner House advises that it considers MISERICORDE to be in the public domain.

MISERICORDE (7.7.5.7.7.5.)

1. When Love's Sove-reign so-journed here,
hap-py hearts grew ev-er near,
though one heart was sad;
Worn and lone-some for our sake,
yet still turned a-side to make
all the wea-ry glad.

2. One who walked the fields, and drew
from the flowers and birds and dew
pa-ra-bles of God;
For with-in that heart of love
all the souls on earth did move,
God had an a-bode.

3. All the out-casts thronged to hear,
all the sor-row-ful drew near
to the Hea-ler's care;
deep and ear-thy were the ways
from which lov-ing grew to praise,
and from giv-ing, prayer.

4. O, be ours that power to keep
in the ver-y heart of grief,
and in tri-al, love;
In our weak-ness to be wise,
and through sor-rows to a-rise
to our God a-bove. A-men.

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December 04, 2005

206R O Love! O Light!

Original Title: "O Love! O Light!", John Greenleaf Whittier (1866), ST. AGNES, C.M., John Bacchus Dykes (1866); New Title: "O Love! O Light!," rev. REH (2005), Same hymn tune. The hymn is not included in either Singing the Living Tradition nor in The New Century Hymnal, but the tune does appear as no. 281 and nos. 507-08 in the latter. Whittier was an 19th Century American Quaker poet, and a well-known advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. The biblical sources of the names used in the hymn are numerous; John 13:13, John 1:1, John 15:15. Also there is a resonance of St. Paul's hymn that speak of peering "through a glass, darkly." 1 Corinthians 13:12. The feast of Transfiguration is again a topic here.

ST. AGNES (C.M.)

1. O Love! O Life! Our faith and sight
your pres-ence now makes one,
as through trans-fig-ured clouds of white
we trace the noon-day sun.

2. So, to our mor-tal minds sub-dued,
flesh-veiled, but not con-cealed,
we know in you the par-ent-hood
and heart of God re-vealed.


3. We faint-ly know, dim-ly per-ceive,
in dif-fering phrase we pray;
In you, dim or clear, we own free
the Light, the Truth, the Way!


4. To do your will is more than praise,
as words are less than deeds;
and sim-ple trust can find your ways
we miss with chart of creeds.

5. Our friend, our kind-red, and our word,
What may your ser-vice be?
Nor name, nor form, nor ri-tual heard,
but fol-low-ing free-ly.


6. Your li-ta-nies, sweet of-fi-ces
of love and gra-ti-tude;
your sa-cred, di-vine li-tur-gies,
the joy of do-ing good.

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206S Oh Dios, pedimos que nos des

Título original: "Oh nuestro Padre, nuestro Dios," Autor desconocido, ST. AGNES, 8.6.8.6., John Bacchus Dykes (1866); Título nuevo: "Oh Dios, pedimos que nos des," alterado REH (2005), misma tonada.

The hymn "Oh nuestro Padre, nuestro Dios," appears in the United Methodist hymnal Mil voces para celebrar as no. 368, originally with four stanzas, as a hymn for New Years', with no known author, and without copyright. Here the first stanza has been removed (along with any gender references to God), the remaining stanzas re-arranged, as a general-use hymn. Though it was written to ST. AGNES, it is not a translation of 206R herein, direct or otherwise. A relatively close English translation follows, which is meant to give an idea of the Spanish lyrics, but which is not meant to be sung. The lyrics echo the "powers and principalities" language of Paul in Colossians 2:15; there is also a hint of the third petition of the Lord's pray or the prayer of Jesus in Matthew 6:10. A living faith, firm hope, and burning love also suggest St. Paul. Colossians 1:5-8, 1 Corithians 13:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:3. Likewise the passing away of time and goods suggest the passing away of the "temporal" and the persistence of the "eternal" alluded to in 2 Corinthians 4:18.

ST. AGNES (8.6.8.6.)

1. Oh Dios, pe-di-mos que nos des
en tu ser-vi-cio ar-dor;
fir-me es-pe-ran-za,
vi-va fe y más ar-dien-te a-mor.

2. Haz-nos sen-tir la va-ni-dad
de cuan-to e-xis-te a-quí;
gran-de-zas, bie-nes, po-tes-tad
pe-re-ce-rán al fin.


3. El cie-lo, el or-be, el mun-do es-tán
di-cien-do tu bon-dad;
la vi-da, el tiem-po pa-sa-rán
se-gún tu vo-lun-tad. A-mén.

Translation of the Spanish (not to be sung):

1. O God, we ask that you give us
in your most burning service
firm hope, a living faith,
and more ardent love.

2. Make known to us the vanity
of so much that exists here;
Majesty, goods, power
will perish in the end.


3. The heavens, the globe, the world,
are speaking your goodness;
Life and time will pass
according to your will. Amen.

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December 03, 2005

205R Jesus, the Very Thought of You

Original Title: "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee," Bernard of Clairvaux (12th Century), trans. Edward Caswall (1858), WINDSOR, C.M., Damon's Psalmes (1591); New Title: "Jesus, the Very Thought of You," rev. REH (2005), FIRST MODE MELODY, C.M.D., Thomas Tallis (1505-1585). Bernard in his time was seen as the embodiment of its ideal: that of medieval monasticism at its highest development; he is considered both a saint in the Roman and Anglican churches (he is the patron of bees, beekeepers, candles and wax). The original Latin title is "Jesu, Dulcis Memoria." Caswall was an English Anglican priest, who converted to Roman Catholicism. Neither the hymn nor the tune appears in Singing the Living Tradition, but the hymn does appear under the name "Jesus-The Very Thought to Me," to the tune ST. AGNES in The New Century Hymnal. The lyrics speak of of the Pauline epistles, who tell us to find the joy of God through Jesus. 1 Peter 1:8, Philemon 2:1-11, Romans 5:11.

THIRD MODE MELODY (C.M.D.)

1. Je-sus, the ve-ry thought of you
with sweet-ness fills the breast;
But sweet-er far your face to see,
and in your pre-sence rest.
Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
nor can the mem-ory find
a sweet-er sound than your blest name,
bear-er of hu-man-kind!

2. When once you do vi-sit the heart,
then truth be-gins to shine,
then earth-ly van-i-ties de-part,
then kind-les love di-vine.
O Je-sus, light of all be-low,
and fount of liv-ing fire,
sur-pass-ing all the joys we know,
and all we can de-sire.

3. O Je-sus, you beau-ty im-part
of an-gel worlds a-bove;
Your name is mu-sic to the heart,
in-flam-ing it with love.
Je-sus, the ve-ry thought of you
with sweet-ness fills the breast;
But sweet-er far your face to view,
and in your pre-sence rest.

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December 02, 2005

204R One Born of God, Immortal Love

Original Title: "Strong Son of God, Immortal Love," Alfred Tennyson, SONG FIVE, L.M., First Tune in Hymns of the Spirit Two, Orlando Gibbons (1623), ERNAN, L.M., Second Tune in Hymns of the Spirit Two, Lowell Mason; New Title: "One Born of God, Immortal Love," alt. REH (2005), hymn tune: SONG FIVE, L.M., (1623). Neither the hymn nor the tune appears in Singing the Living Tradition or in The New Century Hymnal, but the hymn does appear in The Hymnal (1940) of the (then thusly named) Protestant Episcopal Church, and other hymnals published throughout the Anglican Communion. Alfred Tennyson was a 19th Century English Anglican and British Poet Laureate from 1850 until his death; his most famous work was perhaps The Charge of the Light Brigade. One hears in the lyrics, "for we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NRSV). Also implicit therein is an answer to the question of Jesus, "who do they say I am?" Matthew 16:13.

SONG FIVE (L.M.)

1. One born of God, im-mor-tal love,
whom we, that have not seen thy face,
by faith, and faith a-lone, em-brace,
be-liev-ing where we can-not prove.

2. Thou seem-est hu-man and di-vine,
the high-est, hol-iest hu-man, thou.
Our wills are ours, we know not how;
Ours wills are ours, to make them thine.

3. Our lit-tle sys-tems have their day;
They have their day and cease to be;
They are but bro-ken lights of thee,
And thou, O Dawn, art more than they.

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December 01, 2005

204S Strong Son of God, Maternal Love

Original Title: "Strong Son of God, Immortal Love," Alfred Tennyson, SONG FIVE, L.M., First Tune in Hymns of the Spirit Two, Orlando Gibbons (1623), ERNAN, L.M., Second Tune in Hymns of the Spirit Two, Lowell Mason; New Title: "Strong Son of God, Maternal Love," alt. REH (2005), hymn tune: SONG FIVE, L.M., (1623). Neither the hymn nor the tune appears in Singing the Living Tradition or in The New Century Hymnal, but the hymn does appear in The Hymnal (1940) of the (then thusly named) Protestant Episcopal Church, and other hymnals published throughout the Anglican Communion. Alfred Tennyson was a 19th Century English Anglican and British Poet Laureate from 1850 until his death; his most famous work was perhaps The Charge of the Light Brigade. One hears in the lyrics, "for we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NRSV). Also implicit therein is an answer to the question of Jesus, "who do they say I am?" Matthew 16:13. Unlike 204R, this version is "gender inclusive," rather than "gender neutral," using the image of Jesus as our "Mother," as imagined by St. Julian of Norwich, as well as the very language of Luke 13:31-34, in which Jesus describes himself as a mother hen brooding over her chicks.

SONG FIVE (L.M.)

1. Strong Son of God, maternal love,
whom we, that have not seen thy face,
by faith, and faith a-lone, em-brace,
be-liev-ing where we can-not prove.

2. Thou seem-est hu-man and di-vine,
the high-est, hol-iest hu-man, thou.
Our wills are ours, we know not how;
Ours wills are ours, to make them thine.

3. Our lit-tle sys-tems have their day;
They have their day and cease to be;
They are but bro-ken lights of thee,
And thou, O Love, art more than they.

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November 17, 2005

198R All Creatures of the Earth and Sky

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November 07, 2005

188R O Love Divine, That Stooped To Share

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November 01, 2005

182R Ride On, Ride On, In Majesty

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October 29, 2005

181R From Bethany the Healer

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October 28, 2005

180R All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

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October 22, 2005

177R Good Christian Folk, Rejoice

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October 05, 2005

169R Ring, O Ring, O Christmas Bells

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September 30, 2005

167R Still the Night, Holy the Night

STILLE NACHT (Irregular)

1. Still the night, Ho-ly the night,
all is calm, all is bright;
Round yon faith-ful ten-der pair,
ho-ly in-fant with cur-ly hair;
Sleep in hea-ven-ly peace;
Sleep in hea-ven-ly peace.

2. Still the night, Ho-ly the night,
shep-herds first saw the sight,
heard re-sound-ing, clear and strong,
far and near, the an-gels' song,
Christ, Re-deem-er is here,
Christ, Re-deem-er is here.

3. Still the night, Ho-ly the night,
won-drous star, lend your light;
O an-gels, who God's bles-sings bring;
'Al-le-lu-ia' ever we sing!
Je-sus, Sav-ior is born;
Je-sus, Sav-ior is born.


4. Still the night, Ho-ly the night,
by God's love, by God's might,
the Cre-a-tor sent down grace,
through the Christ child in gentle em-brace
to all child-ren on earth,
to all child-ren on earth.

5. Still the night, Ho-ly the night,
sent down from hea-ven's height;
Love is smi-ling from thy face;
Strikes for us now the hour of grace;
Sav-ior since thou art born;
Sav-ior since thou art born.


6. Still the night, Ho-ly the night,
all shines dim save thy light,
shin-ing where the par-ents mild
keep watch ov-er the ho-ly child;
Sleep in heav-en-ly peace;
Sleep in heav-en-ly peace.


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September 29, 2005

166R Silent Night

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August 30, 2005

150R O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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August 23, 2005

149R Ring Out, Wild Bells

Title: "Ring Out, Wild Bells," Alfred Tennyson (1849), DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (L.M.), New Title: Same, rev. REH (2005), JERUSALEM (L.M.D), Charles Hubert Hastings Parry.

JERUSALEM (L.M.D.)

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
the fly-ing cloud, the fros-ty light;
the year is dy-ing in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let it die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
ring, hap-py bells, a-cross the snow:
The year is go-ing, let it go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.


Ring out false pride in place and blood,
the civ-ic slan-der and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
ring in the com-mon love of good.
Ring in the va-liant souls and free,
the lar-ger heart, the kind-lier hand;
Ring out the sad-ness of the land,
ring in the Christ that is to be.

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August 22, 2005

148R O God, the Rock of Ages

Music: PASSION CHORALE (7.6.7.6. D.), Hans Leo Hassler (1601), harm. J.S. Bach (1729)

PASSION CHORALE (7.6.7.6. D)

1. O God, the Rock of A-ges,
who ev-er-more has been,
what time the tem-pest ra-ges,
our dwell-ing place se-rene:
Be-fore the first cre-a-tions,
O You, the same a-bove,
to end-less gen-er-a-tions,
the ev-er-last-ing Love.

2. Our years are like the sha-dows
on sun-ny hills that lie,
or grass-es in the mea-dows
that blos-som but to die;
a-sleep, a dream, a sto-ry
by stran-gers quick-ly told
and un-re-main-ing glo-ry
of things that soon are old.

3. O You, who do not slum-ber,
whose light grows ne-ver pale,
teach us a-right to num-ber
our years be-fore they fail;
On us your mer-cy light-en,
on us your good-ness rest,
and let your spir-it bright-en
the hearts that you have blessed.


4. Love, crown our faith’s en-deav-or
with beau-ty and with grace,
till, clothed in light for-ev-er,
we see you face to face:
A joy no lang-uage mea-sures,
a foun-tain brimm-ing o’er,
an end-less flow of plea-sures,
an o-cean with-out shore.

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August 19, 2005

147R Hail We Now this Happy Morn

Words: Percival Chubb, rev. REH (2005);Music: SONG 13 (GIBBONS) (7.7.7.7.), Orlando Gibbons (1623)

SONG 13 (7.7.7.7.)

1. Hail we now this hap-py morn,
with our faith and hope new-born;
Let our voic-es rise as one,
greet-ing this New Year be-gun.


2. Grate-ful for the fruit-ful past,
may its bright-est fruit-age last;
But our feet would for-ward fare,
up-ward to the clear-er air.

3. From the fu-ture comes a cry,
sound-ing from the up-per sky,
'Live not mere-ly for to-day;
O-thers join you on the way.'


4. So we mount the path a-head;
Let it e-cho to our tread!
All to-geth-er: step in time!
For-ward, for-ward, may all climb!

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August 18, 2005

146R All Hail, the Pageant of the Years

John Haynes Holmes, O JESU, 8.6.8.6.8.8., Johann Balthazar Reimann (1741), rev. REH (2005). Though there are touches of the Divine here, the images here lie mainly in the humanist realm. All the same, it is absent from Singing the Living Tradition. "Brotherhood" from Hymns of the Spirit Two has become "neighborhood" here.

O JESU (8.6.8.6.8.8.)

1. All hail, the pag-eant of the years
that end-less come and go,
the brave pro-ces-sion of the spheres,
in Time's re-sist-less flow-
A-rise, and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!


2. Be-hind us fade the cen-tur-ies
of those who wars would plan,
the fierce and foul fu-til-i-ties
of bat-tling tribe and clan-
A-rise and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!

3. A-round us lies the her-i-tage
of clash-ing sword and shield;
The want and waste, the hate and rage
of many a glor-ied field-
A-rise, and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!

4. Be-hold, there looms the mys-ter-y
of love di-vin-er far,
there speaks the stead-fast pro-phe-cy
of na-tions freed from war-
A-rise, and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!

5. The ae-ons come, the ae-ons go,
the stars nor pause nor cease;
On wings of si-lence, soft as snow,
shall come the boon of peace:
All hail, our days are crowned with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!
A-men.

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August 17, 2005

145R O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words: Isaac Watts (1719), alt.; Music: ST. ANNE (C.M.), William Croft (1708)

ST. ANNE (C.M.)

1. O God, our help in a-ges past,
our hope for years to come,
our shel-ter from the stor-my blast,
and our e-ter-nal home.

2. Be-fore the hills in or-der stood,
or earth re-ceived its frame,
from ev-er-last-ing thou art God,
to end-less years the same.

3. Un-der the sha-dow of thy throne,
the saints have dwelt se-cure;
Suf-fi-cient is thine arm a-lone,
and our de-fense is sure.

4. A thou-sand a-ges in thy sight
are like an eve-ning gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
be-fore the ris-ing sun.

5. Time, like an ev-er roll-ing stream,
bears its chil-dren a-way;
They fly, for-got-ten, as a dream
dies at the open-ing day.

6. O God, our help in a-ges past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guard while trou-bles last,
and our e-ter-nal home. A-men

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August 16, 2005

144R Another Year is Dawning

Original Title: "Another Year is Dawning," Frances Ridley Havergal (1874), CRUCIFIX, 7.6.7.6. D, Anonymous; New Title: "Another Year is Dawning," alt. REH (2005), LLANGLOFFAN, 7.6.7.6. D, D. Evans (1865). A copyrighted translation appears below the hymn and in Mil voces para celebrar as no. 367, "Principia un año nuevo," AURELIA, 7.6.7.6. D, Samuel Wesley (1864). The translation, by Esteban Sywulka B. is (c) 1992 Celebremos/Libros Alianza, and appears herein by permission. For other uses of the Spanish translation, contact celebrad@telecom.com.co.

LLANGLOFFAN (7.6.7.6. D)

1. An-oth-er year is dawn-ing, dear Sove-reign, let it be
in work-ing or in wait-ing, an-oth-er year with thee.
An-oth-er year of pro-gress, an-oth-er year of praise,
an-oth-er year of prov-ing thy pre-sence all the days.

2. An-oth-er year of mer-cies, of faith-ful-ness and grace,
an-oth-er year of glad-ness ere shin-ing from thy face;
An-oth-er year of ser-vice, of wit-ness for thy love,
an-oth-er year of train-ing for ho-lier work a-bove.

a. Prin-ci-pia~un año nue-vo; a-yú-danos, oh Dios,
a ser más con-sa-gra-dos, más pres-tos a tu voz;
un a-ño de pro-gre-so y de pros-pe-ri-dad,
un a-ño~en que go-ce-mos tu gran fidelidad.

b. Prin-ci-pia~un año nue-vo; en ti~he-mos de con-fiar
se-gu-ros en tu ma-no po-demos des-can-sar,
y se-a~a-llá con-ti-go, o en la tie-rra a-quí,
que~en to-do siem-pre demos la glo-ria solo a ti.

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144S Principia un año nuevo

Original Title: "Another Year is Dawning," Frances Ridley Havergal (1874), CRUCIFIX, 7.6.7.6. D, Anonymous; New Title: "Another Year is Dawning," alt. REH (2005), LLANGLOFFAN, 7.6.7.6. D, D. Evans (1865). A copyrighted translation appears below and in Mil voces para celebrar as no. 367, "Principia un año nuevo," AURELIA, 7.6.7.6. D, Samuel Wesley (1864). The translation, by Esteban Sywulka B. is (c) 1992 Celebremos/Libros Alianza, and appears herein by permission. For other uses of the Spanish translation, contact celebrad@telecom.com.co.

LLANGLOFFAN (7.6.7.6. D)

1. Prin-ci-pia~un año nue-vo; a-yú-danos, oh Dios,
a ser más con-sa-gra-dos, más pres-tos a tu voz;
un a-ño de pro-gre-so y de pros-pe-ri-dad,
un a-ño~en que go-ce-mos tu gran fidelidad.

2. Prin-ci-pia~un año nue-vo; en ti~he-mos de con-fiar
se-gu-ros en tu ma-no po-demos des-can-sar,
y se-a~a-llá con-ti-go, o en la tie-rra a-quí,
que~en to-do siem-pre demos la glo-ria solo a ti.

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August 15, 2005

143R Praise to God, Immortal Praise

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August 14, 2005

142R We Plow the Fields and Scatter

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August 13, 2005

141R Come, O Thankful People, Come

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August 12, 2005

140R Praise to God and Thanks We Bring

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August 11, 2005

139R Summer Suns Are Glowing

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August 10, 2005

138R The Summer Days Are Come Again

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August 09, 2005

137R Once More the Liberal Year Laughs Out

SUSSEX CAROL (8.8.8.8.8.8.)

1. Once more the lib-eral year laughs out
o'er rich-er stores than gems or gold;
Once more with har-vest song and shout
is na-ture's blood-less tri-umph told.
Our com-mon Mo-ther rests and sings,
like Ruth, a-mong her gar-nered sheaves;
Her lap is full of good-ly things,
her brow is bright with au-tumn leaves.
To see our Fa-ther's hand once more
re-verse for us the plen-teous horn
of au-tumn, filled and run-ning o'er
with fruit, and flower, and gold-en corn!

2. We shut our eyes, the flowers bloom on;
We mur-mur, but the corn-ears fill,
we choose the sha-dow, but the sun
that casts it shines be-hind us still.
God gives us with our rug-ged soil
the power to make it E-den's prayer,
and rich-er fruits to crown our toil
than sum-mer-wedd-ed is-lands bear.
Oh, fav-ors eve-ry year made new!
Oh, gifts with rain and sun-shine sent
the boun-ty ov-er-runs our due,
the ful-ness shames our dis-con-tent.

3. Thank Heaven, in-stead, that Free-dom's arm
can change a roc-ky soil to gold,
that brave and gene-rous lives can warm
a clime with nor-thern i-ces cold.
And let these al-tars, wreathed with flowers
and piled with fruits, a-wake a-gain
Thanks-giv-ings for the gol-den hours,
the ear-ly and the lat-ter rain!
Once more the lib-eral year laughs out
o'er rich-er stores than gems or gold;
Once more with har-vest song and shout
is na-ture's blood-less tri-umph told.

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August 08, 2005

136R I Walk Amidst Thy Beauty Forth

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August 07, 2005

135R Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers

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August 06, 2005

134S The Glory of the Spring How Sweet

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August 05, 2005

134R The Glory of the Spring, How Sweet

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August 04, 2005

133R Tis Winter Now, the Fallen Snow

Words: Samuel Longfellow, alt. REH (2005)Music: DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (L.M.D.), Grenoble Antiphoner (1753); Original tune: BROCKHAM (L.M.), Jeremiah Clark (1709)

DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (L.M.D.)

1. ’Tis win-ter now; the fall-en snow
has left the heavens all cold-ly clear;
Through leaf-less boughs the sharp winds blow,
and all the earth lies dead and drear;
And yet God’s love is not with-drawn;
The Life with-in the keen air breathes,
and Beau-ty paints the crim-son dawn,
and clothes the boughs with glitter-ing wreaths.

2. And though a-broad the sharp winds blow,
and skies are chill, and frosts are keen,
home clos-er draws a cir-cle now,
and warm-er glows the light with-in;
O God! Who does give the win-ter’s cold
as well as sum-mer’s joy-ous rays,
us warm-ly in your love en-fold,
and keep us through life’s win-try days.

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August 03, 2005

132R Another Year of Setting Suns

AULD LANG SYNE (L.M.)

1. An-oth-er year of set-ting suns,
of stars by night re-vealed,
of spring-ing grass, of ten-der buds
by win-ter's snow con-cealed.

2. An-oth-er year of sum-mer's glow,
of au-tumn's gold and brown,
of wav-ing fields, and rud-dy fruit
the bran-ches weigh-ing down.

3. An-oth-er year of hap-py work,
that bet-ter is than play,
of sim-ple cares, and love that grows
more sweet from day to day.

4. An-oth-er year to fol-low hard,
where bet-ter souls have trod,
an-oth-er year of life's de-light,
an-oth-er year of God.

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August 01, 2005

131R All Beautiful the March of Days

FOREST GREEN (C.M.D)

1. All beau-ti-ful the march of days, as sea-sons come and go;
The hand that shaped the rose has wrought the crys-tal of the snow;
and sent the hoar-y frost of heav'n, the flow-ing wa-ters sealed,
and laid a si-lent love-li-ness on hill and wood and field.


2. O'er white ex-pan-ses spark-ling pure the ra-diant morns un-fold;
The sol-emn splen-dors of the night burn bright-er than the cold;
Life mounts in eve-ry throb-bing vein, love deep-ens round the hearth,
and clear-er sounds the an-gel hymn, 'Good will to all on earth.'


3. O One from whose un-fath-omed law the year in beau-ty flows,
whose self the vi-sion pass-ing by in crys-tal and in rose,
day un-to day does ut-ter speech, and night to night pro-claim,
in ev-er chang-ing words of light, the won-der of The Name.


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July 30, 2005

130R O Day of Rest and Gladness

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July 28, 2005

129S O Mothering Father, God in Heaven

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July 27, 2005

129R By Mitzvot From a Clouded Steep

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July 26, 2005

128R Now the Day is Over

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July 25, 2005

127R Abide With Me

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July 24, 2005

126R O God, Now to the Holy Name

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July 23, 2005

125R When Storm Clouds Gather

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July 22, 2005

124R The Day is Past and Over

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July 21, 2005

123R When the Gladsome Day Declineth

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July 20, 2005

122R The Shadows of the Evening Hours

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July 19, 2005

121R Now While the Day in Trailing Splendor

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July 18, 2005

120R We Give Thanks That the Church

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July 17, 2005

119R Again As Evening's Shadow Falls

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July 16, 2005

118R Now the Wings of Day Are Furled

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July 15, 2005

117R Mothering Father, Bless Us

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116R Now God Be With Us

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115R Unheard the Dews Around Me Fall

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July 14, 2005

114R Slowly, By Your Hand Unfurled

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July 13, 2005

113R Softly Now the Light of Day

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July 12, 2005

112R The Duteous Day Now Closes

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July 11, 2005

111R Now on Land and Sea Descending

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July 10, 2005

110R All Praise to You, My God, This Night

Tune: ALLMAECHTIGER GOTT, L.M., Johann Crueger (1598-1662)


1. All praise to you, my God, this night,
for all the bles-sings of the light!
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
beneath your own al-migh-ty wings.


2. When in the night I sleep-less lie,
my soul with heaven-ly thoughts sup-ply;
Let no ill dreams dis-turb my rest,
O Queen of life, my heart con-fessed.

3. Teach me to live, that I may dread
The grave as lit-tle as my bed.
That with the world, my-self and you,
sleep-ing, with peace the soul im-bue.

4. O may my soul on you re-pose,
and with sweet sleep mine eye-lids close,
asleep that may me more vi-gorous make
to serve my God when I a-wake.

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July 09, 2005

109R Has Not Your Heart Within You Burned

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July 08, 2005

108R Sun of My Soul

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July 07, 2005

107R Around Us Rolls the Ceaseless Tide

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July 06, 2005

106R Those Who Themselves and God Would Know

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July 05, 2005

105S Slow Comes the Evening O'er the Hill

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105R The Morning Walks Upon the Earth

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July 04, 2005

104R Still, Still With Thee

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July 03, 2005

103R Awake Our Souls! Away Our Fears!

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July 02, 2005

102R Now With Creation's Morning Song

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July 01, 2005

101R Now When the Melting Shades of Night Retreating

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100R God That Made the Earth and Heaven

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June 30, 2005

99R Out of Shadows the Circling Sphere

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June 29, 2005

98R New Every Morning Is the Love

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June 28, 2005

97S O Mother Bear Tracks O'er the Ground Sacred

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97R Morning Has Broken

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June 27, 2005

96R High O'er the Lonely Hills

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June 26, 2005

95S O God the Watches of the Night Are O'er

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95R O God, the Watches of the Night Are O'er

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June 25, 2005

94S True Mirror of the Godhead

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94R True Mirror of the Godhead

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June 24, 2005

93S Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun

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93R Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun

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June 23, 2005

92R When Morning Gilds the Skies

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June 22, 2005

91R O God I Thank Thee For Each Sight

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June 21, 2005

90R The Morning Hangs a Signal

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June 20, 2005

89R O God of Morning and of Night

Lyrics: Francis Turner Palgrave (1860), rev. REH (2005)
Tune: Morning Hymn (L.M.)

1. O God of morn-ing and of night,
We thank thee for thy gifts of light;
As in the dawn the sha-dows fly,
we seem to find thee now more nigh.


2. Fresh hopes have wak-ened in the heart,
fresh force to do our dai-ly part;
Thy slum-ber gifts our strength re-store,
through-out the day to serve thee more.

3. Yet while thy will we would pursue,
oft what we would we can-not do;
the Sun may stand in zen-ith skies,
but on the soul thick mid-night lies.


4. O Light of lights, 'tis thou a-lone
canst make our sha-dowed hearts thine own;
Though this new day with joy we see,
Great Dawn of God, we cry for thee.

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June 19, 2005

88R Come, My Soul, the Hour Is Waking

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June 18, 2005

87R The Shepherd's Reign Holy Love Is

Original Title: "The King of Love My Shepherd Is," Henry Williams Baker, New Title: "The Shepherd's Reign Holy Love Is," rev. REH (2005), ST. COLUMBA, 8.7.8.7., Ancient Irish Melody.

ST. COLUMBA (8.7.8.7.)


1. The Shep-herd’s reign ho-ly love is,
such good-ness fail-eth ne-ver,
I noth-ing lack if I am love’s
and love is mine for-ev-er.

2. Where streams of liv-ing wa-ter flow
my ran-somed soul God lead-eth,
and where the ver-dant pas-tures grow,
with food cel-es-tial feedeth.


3. Care-less and fool-ish oft I strayed,
but yet in love God sought me,
and on the shoul-der gent-ly laid,
and home, re-joic-ing, brought me.


4. In death’s deep vale I fear no ill
with thee, dear God, be-side me;
Thy rod and staff my com-fort still,
thy child be-fore to guide me.

5. Thou spread’st a ta-ble in my sight;
Thy unc-tion grace be-stow-eth;
And O what trans-port of delight
from thy pure cha-lice flow-eth!


6. And so through all the length of days
thy good-ness fail-eth ne-ver;
Good Shep-herd, may I sing thy praise
with-in thy house for-ev-er.


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June 17, 2005

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

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June 16, 2005

85R Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer

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June 15, 2005

84R O Love of God, How Strong and True

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June 14, 2005

83R God Is Love Whose Mercy Brightens

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June 13, 2005

82R Thou Hidden Love of God

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June 12, 2005

81R Thou Life Within My Life

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June 11, 2005

80R Immortal Love, Forever Full

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June 10, 2005

79R Father and Friend, Thy Light, Thy Love

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June 09, 2005

78R Who Fathoms the Eternal Thought

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June 08, 2005

77R One Thought I Have

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June 07, 2005

76R It Sounds Along the Ages

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June 06, 2005

75R Light of Ages and of Nations

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June 05, 2005

74R Behold a Sower!

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June 04, 2005

73R Shekinah In Her Holy Place

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June 02, 2005

72R I Cannot Find Thee

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June 01, 2005

71R Where Is Your God They Say

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May 30, 2005

70R Lead Us, O Lead Us In Paths of Peace

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May 29, 2005

69R O God, O Spirit, O Light of All The Live

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May 27, 2005

68R Holy Spirit, Love Divine

Original Title: "Holy Spirit, Light Divine," Andrew Reed (1788-1862) & Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892), LYNE, 7.7.7.7., Magadalen Chapel Hymns (c. 1760); New Title: "Holy Spirit, Love Divine," rev. REH (2005), same hymn tune. Samuel Longfellow was a Unitarian poet, and editor of Hymns of the Spirit One; Andrew Reed was an English Congregationalist. The hymn does not appear in Singing the Living Tradition, but in another form it does appear in The New Century Hymnal under the name "Holy Spirit, Truth Divine," to the tune MERCY, without the revisions by Reed. The hymn resonantes most deeply with John 4:24, "God is spirit, and those who worship God must worship in spirit and truth."

LYNE (7.7.7.7.)

1. Ho-ly Spir-it, Love Di-vine,
glow with-in this heart of mine;
Kind-le eve-ry high de-sire;
cleanse my soul in your pure fire.

2. Ho-ly Spir-it, Light Di-vine,
shine up-on this heart of mine;
As the night soon fades a-way,
turn my thoughts toward your new day.


3. Ho-ly Spir-it, Peace Di-vine,
still this rest-less heart of mine;
Speak to calm the toss-ing sea,
stayed in your tran-quil-i-ty.


4. Ho-ly Spir-it, Power Di-vine,
lift this guil-ty heart of mine;
May the mark be missed no more,
though each soul has failed be-fore.

5. Ho-ly Spir-it, Joy Di-vine,
cheer this sad-dened heart of mine;
Bid my troub-led thoughts be still,
with your peace my spir-it fill.

6. Ho-ly Spir-it, All Di-vine,
dwell with-in this heart of mine;
Cast down eve-ry i-dol high,
reign su-preme, a-bide e'er nigh. A-men


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May 24, 2005

67S O You Whose Power Over Moving Worlds Presides

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67R O Thou Whose Power Over Moving Worlds Presides

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May 23, 2005

63R Mysterious Presence, Source of All

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62R Rise, My Soul, and Stretch Your Wings

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62R Rise, My Soul, and Stretch My Wings

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May 20, 2005

61S Creator Spirit, By Whose Aid

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61R Creator Spirit, By Whose Aid

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May 19, 2005

60R O You Whose Presence Glows In All

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May 18, 2005

59R Breathe on Me, Breath of God

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May 16, 2005

58S Holy One in Heaven

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May 15, 2005

58R O Not In Far-Off Realms of Space

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May 14, 2005

57R Spirit of Truth, You Who Make Bright

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May 12, 2005

56R O Love Divine, Whose Constant Stream

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May 11, 2005

55S Spirit of Life, Attend Our Prayer

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55R Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayer

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May 09, 2005

54R From Heart to Heart, From Creed to Creed

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May 08, 2005

53R Life of All That Lives Below!

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May 07, 2005

52S O You Whose Spirit Witness Bears

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May 06, 2005

52R O Thou Whose Spirit Witness Bears

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May 05, 2005

51S O Love Divine, of All That Is

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51R O Love Divine, of All That Is

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May 02, 2005

50S Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

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50R Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

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April 30, 2005

49T Holy One in Heaven

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49S Come, Mighty Spirit, Penetrate

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49R Come, Mighty Spirit, Penetrate

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April 29, 2005

48S Spirit Divine, Descend Upon My Heart

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April 28, 2005

48R Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

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April 27, 2005

47S Come, O Almighty Will!

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47R Come Thou Almighty Will!

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April 26, 2005

46R God of All Majesty and Might

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April 25, 2005

45R Morning, So Fair to See

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April 22, 2005

44R Thou, Earth, Art Ours and Ours to Save

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April 21, 2005

43R O God, Our Dwelling Place

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42R Joyful, Joyful

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April 19, 2005

41R O God, Your Wonders Do Not Singly Stand

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April 18, 2005

40S We Sing This Day of Free Faith in the Love (The Five Principles)

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April 17, 2005

40R Seek Not Afar For Beauty

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April 16, 2005

39R There Is a Book, That All May Read

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April 15, 2005

38R The Harp at Nature's Advent Strung

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April 14, 2005

37R Thou Rulest, God, the Lights On High

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April 13, 2005

36R O God Whose Smile Is In the Sky

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April 12, 2005

35R Let the Whole Creation Cry

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April 11, 2005

34R Heaven and Earth and Sea and Air

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April 10, 2005

33R The Spacious Firmament On High

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April 09, 2005

32R For the Beauty of the Earth

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April 08, 2005

31R Thou Art, O God, the Life and Light

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April 07, 2005

30R Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Original Title: "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise," Walter Chalmers Smith (1876), ST DENIO, 11.11.11.11., Welsh Melody (1839); rev. REH (2005), same title, same hymn tune. Smith was Scottish. The tune and hymn appear as "Immortal, Invisible" in Singing the Living Tradition as no. 273, with the exception of the final stanza; it appears here. The hymn appears without parental metaphors in The New Century Hymnal as no. 1. The lyrics resonate with some of the images in Psalm 139, as well as Psalm 36:5-6, 103:14-17, and 104:27-39; but most directly the lyrics are based on 1 Timothy 1:17.

ST DENIO (11.11.11.11.)

1. Im-mort-al, in-vi-si-ble, God on-ly wise,
in light in-ac-ces-si-ble hid from our eyes,
most bles-sèd, most glo-rious, the An-cient of Days,
Al-migh-ty, vic-tor-ious, thy great Name we praise.

2. Un-rest-ing, un-hast-ing, and si-lent as light,
nor want-ing, nor wast-ing, thou rul-est in might;
thy jus-tice, like moun-tains, high soar-ing a-bove
thy clouds, which are foun-tains of good-ness and love.


3. To all, life thou giv-est, to both great and small;
In all life thou liv-est, the true life of all;
We blos-som and flour-ish as leaves on the tree,
and with-er and per-ish— but naught chang-eth thee.

4. Great Fath-er, Great Moth-er, Ho-ly One of light,
thine an-gels a-dore thee, all veil-ing their sight;
All laud we would rend-er; O help us to see
’tis on-ly the splen-dor of light hid-eth thee.


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April 06, 2005

29R You Hide Within the Lily

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April 05, 2005

28R God of the Earth, the Sky, the Sea

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27R Where Ancient Forests Round Us Spread

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26R O Source Divine and Life of All

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April 02, 2005

25R Sovereign and Transforming Grace

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April 01, 2005

24R Peace Be To This Congregation

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March 23, 2005

23R God Is In the Holy Temple

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March 22, 2005

22R In This Peaceful House of Prayer

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March 21, 2005

21R Great God, the Followers of Your Child

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20R As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams

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March 19, 2005

19R How Lovely Are Your Dwellings Fair

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March 18, 2005

18R Sovereign, You Are Calling

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March 17, 2005

17R Holy, Holy, Holy

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March 16, 2005

16R Being of All Being

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March 15, 2005

15R O God to Whom in Ancient Time

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March 14, 2005

14R Unto Thy Temple Lord We Come

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March 13, 2005

13R Rejoice, You Pure In Heart

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March 12, 2005

12R We Lift Our Hearts In Thanks Today

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March 11, 2005

11R O Mother Almighty

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March 10, 2005

10R Royal Almighty On High

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March 09, 2005

9R Our God, Our God, Thou Shinest Here

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March 08, 2005

8R Bring, O Morn, Your Music

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March 07, 2005

7R Praise Be to God, the Almighty

Original Title: "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty," Joachim Neander (1680) trans. Catherine Winkworth (1858), LOBE DEN HERREN, 14.14.4.7.8., Stralsund Gesangbuch (1665); New Title: "Praise Be to God, the Almighty," rev. REH (2006), same hymn tune. Neander was pastor of the Reformed Church in Dusseldorf; this constitutes in essence a recasting of Psalm 105, though there are echoes of other many other psalms in the hymn as well. It appears with four stanzas as "Praise Be to God, the Almighty," as no. 278 in Singing the Living Tradition, and with four stanzas as well at no. 22 in The New Century Hymnal under the name "Sing Praise to God, Who Has Shaped;" the latter retranslated by Madeleine Forell Marshall.

LOBE DEN HERREN (14.14.4.7.8.)

1. Praise be to God, the Al-migh-ty, who rules o'er cre-a-tion!
O my soul praise the Life who is our health and sal-va-tion!
Join the great throng, wake harp and psal-ter and song;
Sound forth in glad a-dor-a-tion.

2. Praise be to God, who o'er all things is won-drous-ly reign-ing,
who, as on eag-le's wings, is us so gent-ly sus-tain-ing!
Have you not seen that all is need-ed has been
set by God's gra-cious or-dain-ing?

3. Praise be to God, who has fear-less-ly, joy-ful-ly, made you;
Health has vouch-safed and, when heed-less-ly fall-ing, has stayed you.
What need or grief ev-er has failed of re-lief?
Wings of true mer-cy have shade you.


4. Praise be to God, who does pros-per your work and de-fend you;
Sure-ly such good-ness and mer-cy here dai-ly at-tend you.
Pon-der a-new what the Al-migh-ty can do,
who with great love does be-friend you.


5. Praise be to God, who, when tem-pests their war-fare are wag-ing,
who, when the el-e-ments mad-ly a-round you are rag-ing,
bids them to cease, turns then their fu-ry to peace,
whirl-winds and wa-ters as-suag-ing.


6. Praise be to God, O join all in faith-ful de-di-ca-tion;
all that has life and breath, come now in deep con-tem-pla-tion!
Let the A-men sound from all peo-ple a-gain,
gather-ed in true a-dor-a-tion.


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March 06, 2005

6R O Worship Thy God

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March 05, 2005

5R O Holy Angels Bright

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4R Praise the Heaven's Sovereign

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March 03, 2005

3R Holy Spirit, Source of Gladness

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3R Holy Spirit, Source of Gladness

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March 02, 2005

2R Praise the Sovereign, Heavens Above

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March 01, 2005

1R Praise to the Living God

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