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CD Song-texts

Track 3 Ps 97 (New Sabbath).

Jehovah reigns, let all the earth
In His just government rejoice;
Let all the isles, with sacred mirth
In his applause unite their voice.

The proudest hills his presence felt,
Their height nor strength could help afford;
The proudest hill, like wax, did melt
In presence of th’Almighty Lord.

Rejoice ye righteous in the Lord;
Memorials of his holiness
Deep in your faithful breasts record,
And with your thankful tongues confess.

Track 4 Jesus shall reign … (Giberalter)

Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
Doth his successive journeys run,
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song,
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on his name.

Blessings abound where'er He reigns,
The prisoner leaps to lose his chains;
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.

Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honours to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the long Amen.

Track 6 All People that on Earth (Old Hundredth)

All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice
Him serve with fear, his praise forth tell,
Come ye before him, and rejoice.

The Lord ye know is God indeed;
Without our aid He did us make;
We are his folk, He doth us feed,
And for his sheep He doth us take.

O enter then His gates with praise.
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud and bless His name always,
For it is seemly so to do.

For why? The Lord our God is good;
His mercy is for ever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.

To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
The God whom heaven and earth adore,
From men and from the angel host
Be praise and glory ever more!

Track 8 Ps 16 (Martinstown)

Protect me from my cruel foes,
And shield me, Lord, from harm,
Because my trust I still repose
On thine Almighty arm.

How shall their sorrows be increas’d,
Who other gods adore!
Their bloody off’rings I do detest,
Their very names abhor.

My lot is fall’n in that blest land
Where God is truly known;
He fills my cup with lib’ral hand;
‘Tis he supports my throne.

Therefore my heart all grief defies,
My glory does rejoice;
My flesh shall rest in hope to rise,
Wak’d by his pow’rful voice.

Track 9 90 Nunc Dimittus (Thomas Clarke)

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace
According to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation
Which thou hast prepared
Before the face of all people.
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles
And to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning, is now,
And ever shall be,
World without end, Amen.

Track 10 Shropshire Funeral Hymn

Weep not for me you standers by
Which do beset me round,
For in the grave I now must lye
Until the Trumpet sound.

My life is like the Dust or clay
Compared to the same,
My spirit shall Return to Rest
The place from whence it came.

I must be gon for Ever now
And Leave you here behind,
Until the Resurrection comes
And Judgment to mankind.

When Christ comes Riding on the clouds
To Judge the world abroad,
Angels and saints crying aloud
Rise Dead and meet the Lord.

Track 12 Ps 133 NV (Lydia)

How vast must their Advantage be!
How great their Pleasure prove!
Who live like Brethren, and consent
In Offices of love!

True Love is like that precious Oil
Which, pour'd on Aaron's Head,
Ran down his Beard, and o'er his Robes
Its costly Moisture shed.

'Tis like refreshing Dew, which does
On Hermon's Top distill:
Or like the early Drops that fall
On Sion's fruitful Hill.

For God to all, whose friendly Hearts
With mutual Love abound,
Has firmly promis'd Length of Days
With constant Blessings crown'd.

Track 13 Thou visitest the Earth (Ps 65) (Dr Green)

Thou visitest the earth and blessest it
And crownest the year with thy goodness.

Track 15 Ps 103 (Mount Epraim)

O bless the Lord my soul,
Let all within me join,
And aid my tongue to bless his name
Whose favours are divine.

O bless the Lord my soul,
Nor let his mercies lie
Forgotten in unthankfulness,
And without Praises die.

‘Tis he forgives my sins;
‘Tis he relieves my pain;
‘Tis he who heals my sicknesses
And makes me Young again.

He crowns my life with love
When ransom'd from the grave;
He, that redeem'd my soul from hell,
Hath sov'reign pow'r to save.

He fills the Poor with good;
He gives the suff’rers rest,
The Lord hath judgments for the proud,
And justice for th'opprest.

His wondrous works and ways
He made by Moses known;
But sent the world his truth and grace,
By his beloved son.

Track 18 See Seraphic Throngs Descending (Carroll, Melbury Osmund)

See Seraphic throngs descending
Swift toward the nether earth.
Hymns sublime their ways attending
Hark! they sing the Saviour's birth,

Chorus: Hallelujah! x3
Jesus our Saviour is born on this day

'Twas for us He left the grandeur
Of the Heaven of heavens above:
Well might angels, still in wonder
Celebrate His boundless love!
Chorus

Jesus now our hearts inspiring,
Tune our harps to melody:
With Thy love our bosoms firing,
O unite us Lord to Thee!

Chorus

Track 19 While Shepherds Watched (Kendall, Melbury Osmund MS)

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around.

'Fear not,' said he (for mighty dread

Had seized their troubled mind);
'Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.

All glory be to God on high,

And to the earth be peace;
Good will henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease.

Track 22 Arise and hail the Joyful Day (Bundell MS 12)

Arise and hail the joyful day,
Of our Redeemer's birth;
Lift up your voices to the sky,
A Saviour's born on earth.

Behold and hear what news we bring,
To lost mankind this day;
Sweet Hallelujahs let us sing,
And join the Heavenly lay.

Then let us join the choir above,
To celebrate his name;
In singing of his wondrous love,
And spreading forth his fame.

Track 23 Hark! Hear what news (Odcombe)

Hark! Hear what news the angels bring.
Glad tidings of a new born King,
Born of a maid, a virgin pure;
Born without sin, from guilt secure.

Hark how the heavenly angels sing

Goodwill and peace to men we bring
For unto you salvation raise
Then let your hearts abound with praise.

Hail mighty Prince eternal King!
Let heaven and earth rejoice and sing.
Angels and men with one accord
Break forth in songs, oh praise the lord.

Track 25 Come ye Redeemed (Odcombe)

Come, ye redeemed of the Lord,
Your grateful tribute bring
To celebrate, with one accord,
The birthday of our King.

Let us with humble hearts repair;

Faith will find out a road
To little Bethlehem, and there
Adore our infant God

Behold again with joy and love
The blest returning morn
When all the angel hosts above
Proclaim a Saviour born

Track 26 Shepherds keeping watch by night (West Lulworth MS)

Shepherds keeping watch by night
Saw around a glorious light
Heard an angel then proclaim
'Christ is born in Bethlehem.'

Chorus

Sung by many an heavenly tongue
'Glory be to God the Son
Glory Glory Glory Glory be to God the Son
Peace on earth goodwill to men
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Joyful tidings to mankind!
Richest grace they now may find;
Children shall declare the same
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem.’

Chorus

Give to God your warmest praise
For this condescending grace,
And your hearts with love inflame;
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Chorus