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AmblesideOnline Additional Hymns

Since AO has a CM and classics focus, we thought it would be nice to round out our collection of hymns to include more from various churches. But when we did a search, it turned out that we didn't have to go any further than the Anglican church, which is handy, since that's the church Charlotte Mason was a member of. These hymns aren't just Anglican -- these are hymns that cross over both Anglican and Protestant traditions. These additions help round out what we already had.

We ended up using two sources:

Wikipedia has a page of the traditional Four Great hymns, updated to Ten. "The 'Great Four' are four hymns widely popular in Anglican and other Protestant churches during the 19th century." The four are:
     All Praise to Thee, my God, this Night
     Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
     Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
     Rock of Ages polled their readers and asked them to name their very favorite hymn; the results of that poll are here. The site has a snippet of information about each hymn. There were 20 listed; here are the top four winners:
     St Patrick's Breastplate
     Amazing Grace
     Be Thou My Vision
     Come Down, O Love Divine

Some of the hymns they listed were already a part of AO's line-up, so they are not listed here. The following hymns were the new additions that were worked into AO's existing Hymn rotation. If you continue with AO's rotation, you'll run into them eventually, but here's a list of which ones were added. Asterisks are linked to YouTube. Lyrics posted here have been adjusted in some cases to match the YouTube version.

St. Patrick's Breastplate * *
Come down, O Love Divine * *
All My Hope on God is Founded * *
For All the Saints Who From Their Labours Rest * *
O Thou Who Camest From Above * * (1:57)
Lift High the Cross * * *
My Song is Love Unknown * *
The King of Love My Shepherd Is * *
Glory to Thee, My God, This Night/Tallis's Canon * *
Awake My Soul and With the Sun by Thomas Ken; you'll recognize the last verse as the Doxology *
Sun of My Soul, Thou Saviour Dear by John Keble, who contributed many poems to the devotional that CM loved * *
Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending * *

I Bind Unto Myself Today (St. Patrick's Breastplate) * *

I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.
His bursting from the spic-ed tomb,
His riding up the heav'nly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

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;
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 the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet "Well done" in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep sea salt
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heav'n,
The glorious sun's life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
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.

I bind unto myself today
The pow'r of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.

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.
Of whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.


Come Down, O Love Divine * *

Come down, O love divine,
Seek Thou this soul of mine,
And visit it
      with Thine own ardor glowing.
O Comforter, draw near,
Within my heart appear,
And kindle it,
      Thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
Til earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes
      in its heat consuming;
And let Thy glorious light
Shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round,
      the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity
Mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become
      mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart,
Which takes the humbler part,
And o'er its own shortcomings
      weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong,
With which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass
      the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace,
Till he become the place
Wherein the Holy
      Spirit makes His dwelling.

All My Hope on God is Founded * *

All my hope on God is founded;
He doth still my trust renew,
Me through change and chance He guideth,
Only good and only true.
God unknown, He alone
Calls my heart to be
    His own.

God's great goodness aye endureth,
Deep His wisdom, passing thought:
Splendor, light and life attend him,
Beauty springeth out of naught.
Evermore from His store
Newborn worlds rise and

Daily doth th'almighty Giver
Bounteous gifts on us bestow;
His desire our soul delighteth,
Pleasure leads us where we go.
Love doth stand at His hand;
Joy doth wait on His command.

Still from man to God eternal
Sacrifice of praise be done,
High above all praises praising
For the gift of Christ, His Son.
Christ doth call one and all:
Ye who follow shall not fall.

For All the Saints who from their Labours Rest * *

For all the saints,
Who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith
Before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus,
Be forever blessed.
   Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock,
Their fortress and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain
In the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness
Drear, their one true Light.
   Alleluia, Alleluia!

O may Thy soldiers,
Faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints
Who nobly fought of old,
And win with them
The victor's crown of gold.
   Alleluia, Alleluia!

O blest communion,
Fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle,
They in glory shine;
All are one
In Thee, for all are Thine.
   Alleluia, Alleluia!

And when the strife is fierce,
The warfare long,
Steals on the ear
The distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave,
Again, and arms are strong.
   Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth's wide bounds,
From ocean's farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams
In the countless host,
And singing to Father,
Son and Holy Ghost:
   Alleluia, Alleluia!

O Thou Who Camest From Above * * (1:57)

O Thou who camest from above,
The pure celestial fire to impart,
Kindle a flame of sacred love
Upon the mean altar of my heart.

There let it for Thy glory burn
With inextinguishable blaze,
And trembling to its source return,
In humble prayer and fervent praise.

Jesus, confirm my heart's desire
To work and speak and think for Thee;
Still let me guard the holy fire,
And still stir up the gift in me.

Still let me prove Thy perfect will,
My acts of faith and love repeat,
Till death Thy endless mercies seal,
And make my sacrifice complete.

Lift High the Cross * *

Lift high the cross,
The love of Christ proclaim,
Till all the world adore
His sacred name.

Come Christians follow
Where our Savior trod
Our King victorious
Christ the son of God
   Lift high the cross,
   The love of Christ proclaim,
   Till all the world adore
   His sacred name.

Led on their way
By this triumphant sign,
The hosts of God in
Conquering ranks combine.
   Lift high the cross,
   The love of Christ proclaim,
   Till all the world adore
   His sacred name.

O Lord once lifted
On this glorious tree
As Thou hast promised
Draw men unto Thee
   Lift high the cross,
   The love of Christ proclaim,
   Till all the world adore
   His sacred name.

Set up Thy throne
That earth's despair may cease
Beneath the shadow
Of its healing peace
   Lift high the cross,
   The love of Christ proclaim,
   Till all the world adore
   His sacred name.

For Thy blest Cross
Which doth for all atone
Creation's praises
Rise before Thy Throne.
   Lift high the cross,
   The love of Christ proclaim,
   Till all the world adore
   His sacred name.

My Song is Love Unknown * *

My song is love unknown,
My Savior's love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O who am I,
That for my sake
My Lord should take frail flesh
And die?

He came from His blest throne
Salvation to bestow;
But men made strange, and none
The longed for Christ would know:
But O! my friend,
My friend indeed,
Who at my need His life
Did spend.

Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine;
Never was love,
Dear King!
Never was grief
Like Thine.
This is my friend,
In whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.

The King of Love My Shepherd Is * *

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.

All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night * *

Glory to Thee, my God, this night,
For all the blessings of the light!
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
Beneath Thine own almighty wings.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Forgive me, Lord, for Thy dear Son,
The ill that I this day have done,
That with the world, myself, and Thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.

[Additional lyrics]

Teach me to live, that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed.
Teach me to die, that so I may
Rise glorious at the judgment day.

O may my soul on Thee repose,
And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close,
Sleep that may me more vigorous make
To serve my God when I awake.

When in the night I sleepless lie,
My soul with heavenly thoughts supply;
Let no ill dreams disturb my rest,
No powers of darkness me molest.

O when shall I, in endless day,
For ever chase dark sleep away,
And hymns divine with angels sing,
All praise to thee, eternal King?

Awake My Soul and With the Sun *

Awake, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise,
To pay thy morning sacrifice.

Thy precious time misspent, redeem,
Each present day thy last esteem,
Improve thy talent with due care;
For the great day thyself prepare.

By influence of the Light divine
Let thy own light to others shine.
Reflect all Heaven's propitious ways
In ardent love, and cheerful praise.

In conversation be sincere;
Keep conscience as the noontide clear;
Think how all seeing God thy ways
And all thy secret thoughts surveys.

Wake, and lift up thyself, my heart,
And with the angels bear thy part,
Who all night long unwearied sing
High praise to the eternal King.

All praise to Thee, who safe has kept
And hast refreshed me while I slept
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake
I may of endless light partake.

Heav'n is, dear Lord, where'er Thou art,
O never then from me depart;
For to my soul 'tis hell to be
But for one moment void of Thee.

Lord, I my vows to Thee renew;
Disperse my sins as morning dew.
Guard my first springs of thought and will,
And with Thyself my spirit fill.

Direct, control, suggest, this day,
All I design, or do, or say,
That all my powers, with all their might,
In Thy sole glory may unite.

I would not wake nor rise again
And Heaven itself I would disdain,
Wert Thou not there to be enjoyed,
And I in hymns to be employed.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Sun of My Soul, Thou Saviour Dear * *

Sun of my soul, Thou Savior dear,
It is not night if Thou be near;
O may no earthborn cloud arise
To hide Thee from Thy servant's eyes.

When the soft dews of kindly sleep
My wearied eyelids gently steep,
Be my last thought, how sweet to rest
Forever on my Savior's breast.

Abide with me from morn till eve,
For without Thee I cannot live;
Abide with me when night is nigh,
For without Thee I dare not die.

If some poor wandering child of Thine
Has spurned today the voice divine,
Now, Lord, the gracious work begin;
Let him no more lie down in sin.

Watch by the sick, enrich the poor
With blessings from Thy boundless store;
Be every mourner's sleep tonight,
Like infants' slumbers, pure and right.

Come near and bless us when we wake,
Ere through the world our way we take,
Till in the ocean of Thy love
We lose ourselves in Heaven above.

Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending * *

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
God appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing,
   deeply wailing,
      deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture,
   with what rapture,
      with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
Thou shalt reign, and thou alone.