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AO Hymn Rotation

AmblesideOnline Hymn Rotation: YouTube Links

We would like to emphasize that the goal, the purpose, the reason for including hymns in the AO schedule (besides the fact that Mason included them) is to sing hymns -- to be comfortable singing the hymns, to enjoy singing the hymns, to be able to sing the hymns anywhere, anytime. Hymns are participatory, not spectator oriented. They are portable. Paul and Silas sang hymns in chains in prison at midnight. Hymns can be sung to infants, on long car trips, beside a hospital bed, with other Christians when visiting other places, near or remote. In places where churches must be underground, worshippers silently mouth hymns together so that their secret worship services are not discovered. They know them by heart. For us, it is a privilege and blessing to be able to make a joyful noise, and we hope you are all sharing that blessing with your children. Please, please be sure you are singing with your family, not just listening. Singing is the number one priority, and every other thing you could do with the hymns (studies of the hymn backgrounds, biographies of the lyric writers, the composers, etc,) is just not as important. It is not that other things are wrong, but they should not become a distraction or a burden.

Click asterisks for video of song. Notes and Resources Below

2017-2018 School Year YouTube Playlist of this year's hymns: Michelle's *   Wendi's *

September: Marching To Zion *
October: My Jesus I Love Thee
November: O Love That Will Not Let Me Go *
December: Star in the East ("Brightest and Best")
January: Thus Far The Lord Has Led Me On
February: Blest Be the Tie That Binds
March: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
April: On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand
May: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
June: It Is Well With My Soul
July: Great is Thy Faithfulness
August: My Faith Looks Up To Thee *

2018-2019 School Year

September: Children of the Heavenly Father/More Secure is No One Ever - Two titles due to different translations. Both are beautiful, and similar.
October: Like A River Glorious *
November: All Hail the Power - Some call this hymn "The National Anthem of Christendom." It's among the most widely published hymns.
December: Amazing Grace
January: All My Hope on God is Founded (Herbert Howells arr.) * *
February: Crown Him with Many Crowns
March: What Wondrous Love
April: Saviour Like Shepherd Lead Us
May: A Child of the King
June: I Need Thee Every Hour
July: In the Sweet By and By or here * (purchase mp3 of Anonymous 4)
August: Love Divine All Loves Excelling

2019-2020 School Year

September: All the Way My Savior Leads Me by Fanny Crosby; a good way to start the year :-) * *
October: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - by Bach, this term scheduled composer
November: Jesus Shall Reign (Isaac Watts) There are many verses - families can select just a few, like 1, 4, & 5 'infant voices') (one version on *
December: Day by Day (and with each passing moment) *
January: Come, Ye Disconsolate (this was Beth's favorite hymn in "Little Women") * * (starts at 1:11)
February: When We All Get to Heaven - a cheerful tune for dreary February! * (starts at about :35)
March: A Mighty Fortress is our God (by Martin Luther; The German for this is engraved on the massive mantel in the home of Billy and Ruth Graham.) *
April: O Thou Who Camest From Above * *
May: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise *
June: Victory in Jesus (for ending the school year :-) *
July: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (inspired by a tract written by Lillias Trotter) *
August: He is Able to Deliver Thee (from Dan. 3:17) *

2020-2021 School Year

September: Blessed Assurance (Fanny Crosby)
October: Break Thou The Bread of Life
November: I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Isaac Watts) In some hymnals the title is "We Sing The Greatness Of Our God." We suggest you learn this hymn to the tune "Ellacombe," as it is the tune most commonly sung. * We suggest you listen at least once to the Ralph Vaughan Williams arrangement, however, as he is one of the term composers.
December: Jesus, What a Friend For Sinners
January: Revive Us Again
February: I Know Whom I Have Believed
March: Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed?
April: I Will Sing Of My Redeemer
May: There Is A Fountain
June: God of Our Fathers (National Hymn of the US)
July: Come Thou Almighty King
August: Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior

2021-2022 School Year

September: I Am Resolved
October: To God Be The Glory
November: The Love of God
December: Tell Me The Story Of Jesus
January: O God, Our Help In Ages Past (sung at Charlotte Mason's funeral; see In Memoriam, pg. 223)
February: I'll Fly Away (still under copyright, but there's a version from an episode of The Waltons.)
March: At Calvary *
April: Am I A Soldier Of The Cross? *
May: I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Wesley/Handel) download or *
June: 'Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus *
July: Nearer, My God, To Thee *
August: More Love To Thee, O Christ *
(If links move, search by title here)

2022-2023 School Year

September: He Leadeth Me
October: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
November: He Hideth My Soul
December: How Sweet The Name of Jesus Sounds
January: What A Friend We Have In Jesus
February: I'll Praise My Maker
March: Redeemed, How I Love To Proclaim It
April: I'm Not Ashamed to Own My Lord (alternate tune "Arlington")
May: Sweet Hour of Prayer
June: Rock of Ages
July: I Stand Amazed
August: The Rock That Is Higher Than I
(If links move, search by title here)

2023-2024 School Year

September: For All the Saints who from their Labours Rest * * *
October: For the Beauty of the Earth * *
November: Anywhere with Jesus *
December: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow * **
January: My Song is Love Unknown * * *
February: This is My Father's World *
March: Ah, Holy Jesus (from Bach's St. Matthew's Passion) *
April: Count Your Blessings *
May: All Creatures of Our God and King *
June: Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending * *
July: Holy, Holy, Holy *
August: Sun of My Soul, Thou Saviour Dear by John Keble * *

2024-2025 School Year

September: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (tune is from Haydn's Emperor String Quartet)
October: There Is a Happy Land
November: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
December: How Great Thou Art
January: Trust and Obey
February: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
March: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
May: Beneath the Cross of Jesus
June: Fairest Lord Jesus
July: I Love To Tell the Story * *
August: Awake My Soul and With the Sun * (the last verse of this hymn by Thomas Ken is widely known as The Doxology. The original tune was written in the 1500's by by Louis Bourgeois, but the poem has been set to other tunes.)

2025-2026 School Year

September: Abide With Me * * *
October: Lift High the Cross * * * (alternate lyrics)
November: O Worship the King * *
December: I Am Thine, O Lord/Draw Me Nearer * *
January: Come Down, O Love Divine * * * (Fernando Ortega also sings this.)
February: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (from a 4th century liturgy) * * * (Also on Fernando Ortega's cd "Storm.")
March: Jesus Paid it All (1865) * *
April: Man of Sorrows, What a Name/Hallelujah What a Savior (1875) * *
May: All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night ("Tallis's Canon") * * *
June: Let Us With a Gladsome Mind (1623) *
July: Just As I Am, Without One Plea (1835) * *
August: How Firm a Foundation (1787) * *

2026-2027 School Year (Wendi C's Playlist)

September: I Bind Unto Myself Today (St. Patrick's Breastplate) (Anglicans voted this their favorite hymn in a 2003 poll) * * * Variation: Christ Before Me * * *
October: O Thou In Whose Presence, 1791 * * * * mp3
November: When Morning Gilds the Skies, 1744 (There are many verses -- you may wish to select 5 or so) *
January: Bunyan's Pilgrim hymn, He Who Would Valiant Be, to the St. Dunstan's tune * * * *
February: A Charge to Keep I Have (President George Bush's favorite hymn.) * *   A different take: * * *
March: Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven * * *
April: Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee, words by Bernard of Clairveaux, 12th C * * *
May: Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy, 1759 * * * * * *
June: Purer In Heart, O God, 1877 * * *
July: Take My Life and Let It Be, 1874; We suggest you try the tunes "Messiah" and "Yarbrough" (try alternating between the two!) * * * *
August: The King of Love My Shepherd Is (tune: Dominus Regit Me) * * * * * * * * (sung at Charlotte Mason's funeral; see In Memoriam, pg. 223. Sometimes sung to a different tune: * *)

2027-2028 School Year

September: Lord, I Believe Thy Power I Own
October: Jesus, Lover of My Soul * * * *
November: Be Still My Soul to Sibelius's tune "Finlandia" * * * *
December: Holy Ghost, With Light Divine
January: Be Thou My Vision * * * *
February: The Solid Rock (My Hope is Built on Nothing Less) * * *
March: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty * * * *
April: Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart * * *
May: Evening Prayer (If I have wounded any soul today) * *
June: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing * * *
July: Grace, 'Tis a Charming Sound
August: Nothing But The Blood * * * *
(If lyric links don't work, titles can be searched from

This is a twelve-year rotation of suggested hymns. Charlotte Mason's students learned three folksongs and three hymns each term. Hymns make wonderful copywork selections. You may also wish to ask your students to recite the words to the hymns (as they do their poetry recitations) at the end of the month in which they are learned -- an excellent mental exercise, and one which Charlotte Mason suggested herself!

We encourage AO members to get a hymnal of their own. There are so many, it would be hard to suggest one - but even from used book sources, etc. - it makes so much more sense to sing while looking at the notes - and they would be wonderful for copywork.

Recommended websites for hymn midis and lyrics
Hymntime - search by first line from the letters on the left.
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary
Lassen Technologies MIDI hymns
Let God Be True offers Free Acapella MP3 Hymns
Reformed University Fellowship
Center for Church Music has vocals with MP3's, RealPlayer, sheet music, devotionals, and histories of hymns.
Psalms in Metre for Christian Worship offers different versions of the Psalms and different tunes (they show you the tunes that line up with the particular psalm paraphrase you want to sing, and you pick the tune) In the old days some hymnals simply had the words to the songs, and the leader decided on a tune based on the code in the title (such as S.M. for Short Meter). Old tunes such as Boylston, Aberdeen, Ballerma, etc., which are very familiar, are still written into hymnals today. You can take any one of these three tunes and apply it to any hymn lyrics with "S.M." in the title--and you get three different settings for the same words. Songleaders did that all the time, especially when songbooks were scarce. I have even heard stories of churches where they only knew five or six tunes and sang those tunes over and over for different songs. We have a songbook at our house called "The Good Old Songs" in which the first hymn in a group will have music/notes, and then three or four other songs follow with just lyrics that can be sung to that same tune. Learning the different terms for the tunes and seeing which songs fit with which tunes would be a nice study for an older child with an interest in music. (Thanks to Katie Barr and Lorraine Nessman for this link!)

Hymns and Carols for Christmas/Advent
Hymns for Crucifixion and Resurrection
Thanksgiving Hymns

The Hymntime website regularly plays musical chairs with their links, so these links are constantly changing. If they do not work, go to their home page, click on CyberHymnal, and search their alphabetical Titles listing.

~ * ~ * ~ Resurrection Hymns ~ * ~ * ~

Alas! And Did My Saviour Bleed
Am I a Soldier of the Cross
Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Down at the Cross
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
I Know That My Redeemer Lives
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
Lead Me to Calvary
Low In The Grave He Lay (He Arose)
O Day of Light and Gladness
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (includes link to German) words by Bernard of Clairveaux
The Old Rugged Cross
Thine is the Glory (includes link to French version) music by Handel
Were You There When They Crucified My Lord
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

~ * ~ * ~ Thanksgiving Hymns~ * ~ * ~

Fetch your Old School Hymnals!
If you use a different hymnal that lacks the hymns below, these verses are still worth reading just for the poetry.

O God, Beneath Thy Guiding Hand (OSH #418)

O God, beneath Thy guiding hand
Our exiled fathers crossed the sea;
And when they trod the wintry strand,
With prayer and psalm they worshiped Thee.

Thou heard'st, well pleased, the song, the prayer:
Thy blessing came and still it's power
Shall onward, thro' all ages, bear
The memory of that holy hour.

Laws, freedom, truth, and faith in God
Came with those exiles o'er the waves;
And where their pilgrim feet have trod,
The God they trusted guards their graves.

And here my name, O God of love,
Their children's children shall adore,
Till these eternal hills remove,
And spring adorns the earth no more.

Come, Ye Thankful People, OSH #156

Come, ye thankful people, come
Raise the song of harvest-home:
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied:
Come to God's own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest-home.

All the world is God's own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear:
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take His harvest home,
From His field shall in that day
All offenses purge away;
Give His angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast;
Butthe fruitful ears to store
In His garner evermore.

Even so, Lord quickly come
To Thy final harvest-home;
Gather Thou Thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin;
There, forever purified,
In Thy presence to abide:
Come, with all Thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest-home!

More Thanksgiving Hymns

For The Beauty of the Earth
We Gather Together
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah
Now Thank We All Our God
Faith of Our Fathers
Count Your Blessings
O God, Beneath Thy Guiding Hand
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Praise To The Lord, The Almighty - Look for Fernando Ortega's recording of this one! Hymnal lists these as great Thanksgiving Hymns:
Maker in Whom We Live
For the Beauty of the Earth
Now Thank We All Our God
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
We Gather Together
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
This Is My Father's World
Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart
Ye Servants of God
When Morning Gilds the Skies
O Food to Pilgrims Given
Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing
As the Sun Doth Daily Rise
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Rejoice, the Lord Is King
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken