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The Cyber Hymnal

Editors: Dick Adams Description: The Cyber Hymnal™ ( is a website established in 1996 by Dick Adams. It has over 10,000 Christian hymns from many denominations and languages. It provides lyrics, sheet music, audio, pictures, biographies, history and more. The worship and educational resource is provided as a public service and gets an average of 24,000 visitors per month. Mr. Adams has graciously allowed to add his resources to our site. (Note: the site that calls itself NetHymnal at is not affiliated with The Cyber Hymnal™ in any way.)


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O God, in Whom We Live and Move

Author: Samuel Longfellow Meter: Appears in 36 hymnals Lyrics: 1. O God, in whom we live and move, Thy love is law, Thy law is love; Thy present Spirit waits to fill The soul which comes to do Thy will. 2. Unto thy children’s spirits teach Thy love, beyond the powers of speech; And make them know, with joyful awe, The encircling presence of Thy law. 3. Its patient working doth fulfill Man’s hope, and God’s all-perfect will, Nor suffers one true word or thought, Or deed of love, to come to naught. 4. Such faith, O God, our spirits fill, That we may work in patience still. Who works for justice, works for Thee; Who works in love, Thy child shall be. Used With Tune: GERMANY

The Heavens Declare thy Glory

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: Appears in 592 hymnals First Line: The heav’ns declare Thy glory, Lord Lyrics: 1 The heav’ns declare Thy glory, Lord, In every star Thy wisdom shines; But when our eyes behold Thy Word, We read Thy name in fairer lines. 2 The rolling sun, the changing light, And nights and days, Thy power confess: But the blest volume Thou hast writ Reveals Thy justice and Thy grace. 3 Sun, moon, and stars convey Thy praise Round the whole earth, and never stand: So when Thy truth begun its race, It touched and glanced on every land. 4 Nor shall Thy spreading Gospel rest Till through the world Thy truth has run, Till Christ has all the nations blest That see the light, or feel the sun. 5 Great Sun of Righteousness, arise, Bless the dark world with heav’nly light; Thy Gospel makes the simple wise, Thy laws are pure, Thy judgments right. 6 Thy noblest wonders here we view In souls renewed and sins forgiv’n; Lord, cleanse my sins, my soul renew, And make Thy Word my guide to Heav’n. Used With Tune: UXBRIDGE Text Sources: The Psalms of David, 1719

A Little Flock! So Calls He Thee

Author: Horatius Bonar Meter: Appears in 10 hymnals Lyrics: 1 A little flock! So calls He thee, Who bought thee with His blood; A little flock, disowned of men, But owned and loved of God. 2 A little flock! So calls He thee; Church of the first-born, hear! Be not ashamed to own the name; It is no name of fear. 3 A little flock! Yes, even so; A handful among men, Such is the purpose of thy God; So willeth He, Amen! 4 Not many rich or noble called, Not many great or wise; They whom God makes His kings and priests, Are poor in human eyes. 5 Church of the everlasting God, The Father’s gracious choice, Amid the voices of this earth, How feeble is thy voice! 6 Thy words amid the words of earth, How noiseless and how low! Amid the hurrying crowds of time, Thy steps how calm and slow! 7 But ’mid the wrinkled brows of earth, Thy brow how free from care; ’Mid the flushed cheeks of riot here, Thy cheek how pale and fair! 8 Amid the restless eyes of earth, How steadfast is thine eye, Fixed on the silent loveliness Of the far eastern sky. 9 A little flock! ’Tis well, ’tis well; Such be her lot and name; Thro’ ages past it has been so, And now ’tis still the same. 10 But the chief Shepherd comes at length; Her feeble days are o’er, No more a handful in the earth, A little flock no more. 11 No more a lily among thorns; Weary, and faint, and few, But countless as the stars of heaven, Or as the early dew. 12 Then entering the eternal halls, In robes of victory, That mighty multitude shall keep The joyous jubilee. 13 Unfading palms they bear aloft, Unfaltering songs they sing; Unending festival they keep, In presence of the King. Used With Tune: DUNDEE Text Sources: Hymns of Faith and Hope (London: James Nisbet, 1857)


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Appears in 153 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Anonymous; John B. Dykes Tune Sources: Paris Antiphoner, 1681 Incipit: 11231 14322 15314 Used With Text: Blessing and Honor and Glory and Power


Meter: Appears in 453 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Richard Redhead Tune Sources: Church Hymn Tunes, Ancient and Modern (London: 1853) Tune Key: E Flat Major Incipit: 11234 43112 32211 Used With Text: By Thy Birth and by Thy Tears


Appears in 1,037 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Samuel Sebastian Wesley Tune Sources: Selection of Psalms and Hymns, by C. Kemble, 1864 Tune Key: E Flat Major Incipit: 33343 32116 54345 Used With Text: The Church's One Foundation


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And Am I Only Born to Die?

Author: Charles Wesley Hymnal: CYBER #1 Meter: Lyrics: 1. And am I only born to die? And must I suddenly comply With nature’s stern decree? What after death for me remains? Celestial joys, or hellish pains, To all eternity? 2. How then ought I on earth to live, While God prolongs the kind reprieve And props the house of clay? My sole concern, my single care, To watch, and tremble, and prepare Against the fatal day. 3. No room for mirth or trifling here, For worldly hope, or worldly fear, If life so soon is gone: If now the Judge is at the door, And all mankind must stand before The inexorable throne! 4. No matter which my thoughts employ, A moment’s misery, or joy; But O! when both shall end, Where shall I find my destined place? Shall I my everlasting days With fiends, or angels spend? 5. Nothing is worth a thought beneath But how I may escape the death That never, never dies; How make mine own election sure, And, when I fail on earth, secure A mansion in the skies. 6. Jesus, vouchsafe a pitying ray, Be Thou my guide, be Thou my way To glorious happiness; Ah, write the pardon on my heart, And whensoe’er I hence depart, Let me depart in peace. Languages: English Tune Title: VENETIA

At All Times Praise the Lord

Author: Johann S. Howson Hymnal: CYBER #2 Meter: D Lyrics: 1. At all times praise the Lord; His promises are sure; What if thou doubt? His steadfast Word Unchanging shall endure. Praise Him when skies are bright, And gladness fills thy days; Heav’n shames thee with its glorious light, And calls thee to His praise. 2. Praise Him when clouds are dark; True faith waits not to prove; Tho’ hope no bright’ning gleam may mark, His meaning still is love. Praise Him when drear and lone The shadows ’round thee fall, No eye upon Thy sins but One— Fear not, He pardons all. 3. Praise Him when home is sweet, As tho’ we ne’er should part; But pray—while kindred spirits meet— Pray for a thoughtful heart. Praise Him when far away On mountain or on sea; Each place is home to them who pray; The Father guardeth thee. 4. Praise Him when joyful songs The saints on earth unite, In sacred chorus, with the throngs Of angels in the height. At all times praise the Lord; His promises are sure; Fear not, doubt not; His steadfast Word Unchanging shall endure. Languages: English Tune Title: PASTOR BONUS

Abba, Father! We Approach Thee

Author: James Deck Hymnal: CYBER #3 Meter: D Lyrics: 1. Abba, Father! We approach Thee In our Savior’s precious name; We, Thy children, here assembled, Now Thy promised blessing claim; From our sins His blood hath washed us, ’Tis through Him our souls draw nigh, And Thy Spirit, too, hath taught us, Abba, Father, thus to cry. 2. Once as prodigals we wandered In our folly far from Thee, But Thy grace, o’er sin abounding, Rescued us from misery; Thou Thy prodigals hast pardoned, Kissed us with a Father’s love, Spread the festive board, and called us, E’er to dwell with Thee above. 3. Clothed in garments of salvation, At Thy table is our place, We rejoice, and Thou rejoicest, In the riches of Thy grace; It is meet, we hear Thee saying, We should merry and be glad, I have found My once lost children, Now they live who once were dead. 4. Abba, Father! all adore Thee, All rejoice in Heav’n above, While in us they learn the wonders Of Thy wisdom, grace, and love; Soon before Thy throne assembled, All Thy children shall proclaim, Glory, everlasting glory, Be to God and to the Lamb! Languages: English Tune Title: CALON LÂN


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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

1809 - 1847 Person Name: Felix Mendelssohn Hymnal Number: 2384 Composer of "MENDELSSOHN" in The Cyber Hymnal Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (b. Hamburg, Germany, 1809; d. Leipzig, Germany, 1847) was the son of banker Abraham Mendelssohn and the grandson of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. His Jewish family became Christian and took the Bartholdy name (name of the estate of Mendelssohn's uncle) when baptized into the Lutheran church. The children all received an excellent musical education. Mendelssohn had his first public performance at the age of nine and by the age of sixteen had written several symphonies. Profoundly influenced by J. S. Bach's music, he conducted a performance of the St. Matthew Passion in 1829 (at age 20!) – the first performance since Bach's death, thus reintroducing Bach to the world. Mendelssohn organized the Domchor in Berlin and founded the Leipzig Conservatory of Music in 1843. Traveling widely, he not only became familiar with various styles of music but also became well known himself in countries other than Germany, especially in England. He left a rich treasury of music: organ and piano works, overtures and incidental music, oratorios (including St. Paul or Elijah and choral works, and symphonies. He harmonized a number of hymn tunes himself, but hymnbook editors also arranged some of his other tunes into hymn tunes. Bert Polman

J. K. Alwood

1828 - 1909 Person Name: Josiah Alwood Hymnal Number: 7021 Author of "The Unclouded Day" in The Cyber Hymnal Alwood, Josiah Kelley. (Harrison County, Ohio, July 15, 1828--January 13, 1909, Morenci, Michigan). Ordained by the United Brethren in Christ, he spent many years as a circuit rider, traveling on horseback to his many appointments. He would be gone from his family for weeks at a time while he held revival meetings and lectured on Christian doctrine. Later, he became a presiding elder in the North Ohio Conference and was a delegate to several general conferences of his church. Always a staunch supporter of the original constitution of his denomination, he was a delegate to the general conference at the time of the separation of the church into two groups at York, Pennsylvania, in 1889. --William J. Reynolds, DNAH Archives

Charles William Everest

1814 - 1877 Person Name: Charles W. Everest Hymnal Number: 6474 Author of "Take Up Thy Cross (Everest)" in The Cyber Hymnal Everest, Charles William, M.A., born at East Windsor, Connecticut, May 27, 1814, graduated at Trinity College, Hartford, 1838, and took Holy Orders in 1842. He was rector at Hamden, Connecticut, from 1842 to 1873, and also agent for the Society for the Increase of the Ministry. He died at Waterbury, Connecticut, Jan. 11, 1877 (See Poets of Connecticut, 1843). In 1833 he published Visions of Death, and Other Poems; from this work his popular hymn is taken:— Take up thy cross, the Saviour said. Following Jesus. The original text of this hymn differs very materially from that which is usually found in the hymn-books. The most widely known form of the text is that in Hymns Ancient & Modern, where it appeared in 1861. It was copied by the Compilers from another collection, but by whom the alterations were made is unknown. The nearest approach to the original is in Horder's Congregational Hymn Book, 1884. Original text in Biggs's English Hymnology, 1873, p. 24. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)