AmblesideOnline

AO is a participant    
in the Amazon    
Services LLC    
Associates Program,    
an affiliate advertising    
program designed to    
provide a means for    
sites to earn advertising    
fees by advertising and    
linking to
amazon.com.    

    

Curriculum:    
Yr 0 (K)    
Year 1    
Year 2    
Year 3    
Year 4    
Year 5    
Year 6    
Year 7    
Year 8    
Year 9    
Year 10    
Year 11    
Year 12    
3.5    
Pre-7    
Upper Years in 5yrs    
Emergency HELP    

NEW!    
AO for Groups    

Art Study    
♪ Composers    
Nature Study    
Plutarch    
Shakespeare    
Poets    
Hymns    
Folksongs    
Bible    
High School    
Exams    
Holidays    
Site Map    

Resources:    
CM Series    
PR Articles    
PNEU Programs    
Books    
AO Articles    
Blog    
FAQ    

Forum    

Front Page:    
What is CM?    
About AO    
AO Advisory    
AO Auxiliary    
Intro to AO    
AO Curriculum    
Library    


Tri-fold Brochure    



AO Hymn Lyrics 2026-2027 AmblesideOnline.org

AmblesideOnline
Hymn Lyrics 2026-2027

You can search for more than we've included here by clicking the "Titles" link at HymnTime's CyberHymnal. Also here.


September: I Bind Unto Myself Today (St. Patrick's Breastplate)
October: O Thou In Whose Presence
November: When Morning Gilds the Skies
December: My Faith Has Found a Resting Place
January: He Who Would Valiant Be
February: A Charge to Keep I Have
March: Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven
April: Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee
May: Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
June: Purer In Heart, O God
July: Take My Life and Let It Be
August: The King of Love My Shepherd Is


September: I Bind Unto Myself Today (St. Patrick's Breastplate) * *
Lyrics: "St. Patrick's Lorica (Breastplate)" translated by Cecil Alexander 1889; Tune: "St. Patrick" by Charles Stanford 1902

Anglicans voted this their favorite hymn in a 2003 poll. There are many variations of St. Patrick's Prayer put to music: Christ Before Me, Christ With Me, etc.

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same--
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me forever
By power of faith, Christ's incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heav'nly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet ‘Well done' in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors' faith, Apostles' word,
The Patriarchs' prayers, the prophets' scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun's life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan's spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart's idolatry,
Against the wizard's evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

     Christ be with me, Christ within me,
     Christ behind me, Christ before me,
     Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
     Christ to comfort and restore me.
     Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
     Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
     Christ in hearts of all that love me,
     Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.


October: O Thou In Whose Presence *
Lyrics by Joseph Swain 1791; Tune: "Davis" by Freeman Lewis 1813

O Thou in whose presence my soul takes delight,
On whom in affliction I call,
My comfort by day, and my song in the night,
My hope, my salvation, my all.

Where dost Thou at noontide resort with Thy sheep,
To feed on the pastures of love?
Say, why in the valley of death should I weep,
Or alone in the wilderness rove?

O, why should I wander an alien from Thee,
And cry in the desert for bread?
Thy foes will rejoice when my sorrows they see,
And smile at the tears I have shed.

Ye daughters of Zion declare, have ye seen
The star that on Israel shone?
Say, if in your tents my Belovèd has been,
And where, with His flocks, He is gone.

This is my Belovèd; His form is divine;
His vestments shed odors around:
The locks of His head are as grapes on the vine,
When autumn with plenty is crowned.

The roses of Sharon, the lilies that grow
In vales, on the banks of the streams:
On His cheeks, all the beauties of excellence glow,
And His eyes are as quivers of beams.

His voice, as the sound of the dulcimer sweet,
Is heard through the shadows of death;
The cedars of Lebanon bow at His feet,
The air is perfumed with His breath.

His lips as a fountain of righteousness flow,
That waters the garden of grace,
From which their salvation the Gentiles shall know,
And bask in the smiles of His face.

Love sits on His eye-lids, and scatters delight
Through all the bright mansions on high;
Their faces the cherubim veil in His sight,
And tremble with fullness of joy.

He looks, and ten thousands of angels rejoice,
And myriads wait for His word;
He speaks, and eternity, filled with His voice,
Re-echoes the praise of her Lord.

Dear Shepherd, I hear and will follow Thy call;
I know the sweet sound of Thy voice.
Restore and defend me, for Thou art my all,
And in Thee I will ever rejoice.


November: When Morning Gilds the Skies * *
Lyrics translated from German by Edward Cassell 1854 and Robert Bridges 1899; Tune: "Laudes Domini" by Joseph Barnby 1868

When morning gilds the skies my heart awaking cries:
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair:
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

When you begin the day, O never fail to say,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
And at your work rejoice, to sing with heart and voice,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

Whene'er the sweet church bell peals over hill and dell,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
O hark to what it sings, as joyously it rings,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

My tongue shall never tire of chanting with the choir,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
This song of sacred joy, it never seems to cloy,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

Does sadness fill my mind? A solace here I find,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
Or fades my earthly bliss? My comfort still is this,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

To God, the Word, on high, the host of angels cry,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
Let mortals, too, upraise their voice in hymns of praise,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

Be this at meals your grace, in every time and place;
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
Be this, when day is past, of all your thoughts the last
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

When mirth for music longs, this is my song of songs:
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
When evening shadows fall, this rings my curfew call,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

When sleep her balm denies, my silent spirit sighs,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
When evil thoughts molest, with this I shield my breast,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

The night becomes as day when from the heart we say:
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
The powers of darkness fear when this sweet chant they hear:
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

No lovelier antiphon in all high Heav'n is known
Than, Jesus Christ be praised!
There to the eternal Word the eternal psalm is heard:
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

Let all the earth around ring joyous with the sound:
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
In Heaven's eternal bliss the loveliest strain is this:
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

Sing, suns and stars of space, sing, ye that see His face,
Sing, Jesus Christ be praised!
God's whole creation o'er, for aye and evermore
Shall Jesus Christ be praised!

In Heav'n's eternal bliss the loveliest strain is this,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
Let earth, and sea and sky from depth to height reply,
       May Jesus Christ be praised!

Be this, while life is mine, my canticle divine:
       May Jesus Christ be praised!
Sing this eternal song through all the ages long:
       May Jesus Christ be praised!


December: My Faith Has Found a Resting Place * * *
Lyrics: Eliza "Li­die" Hewitt Ed­munds 1891; Tune: "Landas" by Andre Gretry, arranged by William Kirkpatrick

My faith has found a resting place,
Not in device or creed;
I trust the ever living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.
      I need no other argument,
      I need no other plea,
      It is enough that Jesus died,
      And that He died for me.

Enough for me that Jesus saves,
This ends my fear and doubt;
A sinful soul I come to Him,
He’ll never cast me out.
      I need no other argument,
      I need no other plea,
      It is enough that Jesus died,
      And that He died for me.

My heart is leaning on the Word,
The living Word of God,
Salvation by my Savior’s Name,
Salvation through His blood.
      I need no other argument,
      I need no other plea,
      It is enough that Jesus died,
      And that He died for me.

My great Physician heals the sick,
The lost He came to save;
For me His precious blood He shed,
For me His life He gave.
      I need no other argument,
      I need no other plea,
      It is enough that Jesus died,
      And that He died for me.


January: He Who Would Valiant Be * * *
Lyrics by John Bunyan (from Pilgrim's Progress) 1684; Tune: "St. Dunstan's" by Charles Douglas 1917

He who would valiant be 'gainst all disaster,
Let him in constancy follow the Master.
There's no discouragement shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.

Who so beset him round with dismal stories
Do but themselves confound--his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his might; though he with giants fight,
He will make good his right to be a pilgrim.

Since, Lord, Thou dost defend us with Thy Spirit,
We know we at the end, shall life inherit.
Then fancies flee away! I'll fear not what men say,
I'll labor night and day to be a pilgrim.


February: A Charge to Keep I Have * *
Lyrics byCharles Wesley 1762; Tune: "Boylston" by Lowell Mason 1832

This was President George Bush's favorite hymn. Details here.

A charge to keep I have,
A God to glorify,
A never-dying soul to save,
And fit it for the sky.

To serve the present age,
My calling to fulfill:
O may it all my powers engage
To do my master's will!

Arm me with jealous care,
As in Thy sight to live;
And O Thy servant, Lord, prepare
A strict account to give!

Help me to watch and pray,
And on Thyself rely,
Assured, if I my trust betray,
I shall for ever die.


March: Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven *
Lyrics by Henry Lyte 1834; Tune: "Lauda Anima" by John Goss 1869

Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring!
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like me His praise should sing?
Praise Him! praise Him!
Praise the everlasting King!

Praise Him for His grace and favor
To our fathers in distress!
Praise Him still the same for ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless!
Praise Him! praise Him!
Glorious in His faithfulness.

Fatherlike He tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame He knows.
In His hands He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Praise Him! praise Him!
Widely as His mercy flows!

Frail as summer's flower we flourish;
Blows the wind, and it is gone;
But while mortals rise and perish,
God endures unchanging on,
Praise Him, praise Him!
Praise the high eternal One!

Angels, help us to adore Him;
Ye behold Him face to face:
Sun and moon, bow down before Him,
Dwellers all in time and space.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise with us the God of grace!


April: Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee *
Lyrics by Bernard of Clairvaux 12th century, translated from Latin by Edward Cassell 1849; Tune: "St. Agnes" by John Dyke 1866

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.

Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound than Thy blest name,
O Savior of mankind!

O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah, this
Nor tongue nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

Jesus, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize will be;
Jesus be Thou our glory now,
And through eternity.

O Jesus, King most wonderful
Thou Conqueror renowned,
Thou sweetness most ineffable
In whom all joys are found!

When once Thou visitest the heart,
Then truth begins to shine,
Then earthly vanities depart,
Then kindles love divine.

O Jesus, light of all below,
Thou fount of living fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
And all we can desire.

Jesus, may all confess Thy name,
Thy wondrous love adore,
And, seeking Thee, themselves inflame
To seek Thee more and more.

Thee, Jesus, may our voices bless,
Thee may we love alone,
And ever in our lives express
The image of Thine own.

O Jesus, Thou the beauty art
Of angel worlds above;
Thy name is music to the heart,
Inflaming it with love.

Celestial sweetness unalloyed,
Who eat Thee hunger still;
Who drink of Thee still feel a void
Which only Thou canst fill.

O most sweet Jesus, hear the sighs
Which unto Thee we send;
To Thee our inmost spirit cries;
To Thee our prayers ascend.

Abide with us, and let Thy light
Shine, Lord, on every heart;
Dispel the darkness of our night;
And joy to all impart.

Jesus, our love and joy to Thee,
The virgin's holy Son,
All might and praise and glory be,
While endless ages run.


May: Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy * *
Lyrics by Joseph Hart 1759; Tune: "Restoration" from William Walker 1835

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.
     I will arise and go to Jesus,
     He will embrace me in His arms;
     In the arms of my dear Savior,
     O there are ten thousand charms.

Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God's free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.
     I will arise and go to Jesus,
     He will embrace me in His arms;
     In the arms of my dear Savior,
     O there are ten thousand charms.

Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you're better,
You will never come at all.
     I will arise and go to Jesus,
     He will embrace me in His arms;
     In the arms of my dear Savior,
     O there are ten thousand charms.

View Him prostrate in the garden;
On the ground your Maker lies.
On the bloody tree behold Him;
Sinner, will this not suffice?
     I will arise and go to Jesus,
     He will embrace me in His arms;
     In the arms of my dear Savior,
     O there are ten thousand charms.

Lo! th'incarnate God ascended,
Pleads the merit of His blood:
Venture on Him, venture wholly,
Let no other trust intrude.
     I will arise and go to Jesus,
     He will embrace me in His arms;
     In the arms of my dear Savior,
     O there are ten thousand charms.

Let not conscience make you linger,
Not of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.
     I will arise and go to Jesus,
     He will embrace me in His arms;
     In the arms of my dear Savior,
     O there are ten thousand charms.


June: Purer In Heart, O God *
Lyrics by Fannie Davison 1877; Tune by James Fillmore, Sr. 1877

Purer in heart, O God, help me to be;
May I devote my life wholly to Thee:
Watch Thou my wayward feet,
Guide me with counsel sweet;
Purer in heart, help me to be.

Purer in heart, O God, help me to be;
Teach me to do Thy will most lovingly;
Be Thou my friend and guide,
Let me with Thee abide;
Purer in heart, help me to be.

Purer in heart, O God, help me to be;
Until Thy holy face one day I see:
Keep me from secret sin,
Reign Thou my soul within;
Purer in heart, help me to be.


July: Take My Life and Let It Be * *
Lyrics by Frances Havergal 1874; Tune: "Messiah" by Louis Herold 1830

We suggest you also try the tune "Yarbrough" by William Bradbury. *

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.


August: The King of Love My Shepherd Is * *
Lyrics by Henry Baker 1868; Tune: "Dominus Regit Me" by John Dykes 1868

This was sung at Charlotte Mason's funeral; see In Memoriam, pg. 223. It is often sung to the ancient Irish tune "St. Columba." * *

The King of love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never,
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow
My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me,
And on His shoulder gently laid,
And home, rejoicing, brought me.

In death's dark vale I fear no ill
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread'st a table in my sight;
Thy unction grace bestoweth;
And O what transport of delight
From Thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
Within Thy house forever.