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Steal Away

Meter: Appears in 117 hymnals First Line: My Lord, you call me, You call me by the thunder Refrain First Line: Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus! Lyrics: Refrain: Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus! Steal away, steal away home, I ain't got long to stay here! 1 My Lord you call me, You call me by the thunder; The trumpet sounds within-a my soul, I ain't got long to stay here. [Refrain] 2 Green trees are bending, Poor sinners stand a trembling; The trumpet sounds within-a my soul; I ain't got long to stay here. [Refrain] Ain't got long to stay here. Topics: Comfort; Death; Freedom; Sin; Suffering Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-3 Used With Tune: STEAL AWAY Text Sources: African-American spiritual
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I Love the Lord

Author: Edward A. Collier Meter: Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: I love the Lord, because He heareth me Lyrics: 1. I love the Lord, because he heareth me Oft as my suppliant voice to Him ascendeth; And since to me a list'ning ear He bendeth; To Him my whole life long my prayer shall be. 2. The cords of death encompassed me around; Pangs of despair held me in bondage dreary; Of trouble and of grief my life was weary, Till on His Name I called and comfort found. 3. My soul's salvation of the Lord I craved, The gracious, righteous Lord, all pity showing; The simple He preserveth, grace bestowing; And me, brought low, He in His mercy saved. 4. Return, my soul, to thy sweet rest again: Before the Lord, so kindly, safely keeping From death and falls and tears of bitter weeping, I now will walk in lands of living men. 5. What shall I render to the Lord today For all His benefits upon me falling? Salvation's cup I'll take, and on Him calling, I, where His people meet, my vows will pay. 6. Yea, I the sacrifice of thanks will bring, And, in the midst of thee, O Zion holy, Before assembled saints, wtih spirit lowly, Will pay my voiws. Praise ye the Lord our King! Topics: Choral Section Love For God Scripture: Psalm 116 Used With Tune: [I love the Lord, because He heareth me]

Today I Live

Author: Fred Kaan Meter: Appears in 5 hymnals First Line: Today I live, but once shall come my death Lyrics: 1 Today I live, but once shall come my death; one day shall still my laughter and my crying, bring to a halt my heartbeat and my breath: O, give me faith for living and for dying. 2 How I shall die, or when, I do not know, nor where, for endless is the world's horizon: but save me, God, from thoughts that lay me low, from morbid fears that freeze my powers of reason. 3 When earthly life shall close, as close it must, let Jesus be my brother and my merit. Let me without regret recall the past then, then, into your hands commit my spirit. 4 Meanwhile I live and move and I am glad, enjoy this life and all its interweaving; each given day, as I take up the thread, let love suggest my mode, my mood of living. Topics: The Church at Worship Funeral; Eternal Life; Funerals and Memorial Services; Brevity of Life Used With Tune: BELLEGARDE


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Meter: Appears in 80 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Kurt Brandenburg Tune Sources: African-American spiritual Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 11133 35556 23111 Used With Text: Steal Away


Meter: Appears in 4 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Anonymous Tune Sources: The Primitive Methodist Hymnal, edited by George Booth (London: Primitive Methodist Publishing House, 1889), number 95 Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 11712 22212 33276 Used With Text: All Ye That Pass By
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[I love the Lord, because He heareth me]

Meter: Appears in 22 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Maitre Pierre Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 53455 34221 13454 Used With Text: I Love the Lord


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Today I Live

Author: Fred Kaan Hymnal: Sing a New Creation #45 (2022) Meter: First Line: Today I live, one cay shall come my death Languages: English Tune Title: ROBERT
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Thou New Jerusalem, Arise and Shine

Author: John Mason Neale; John Damascene Hymnal: Hymns of the Eastern Church (5th ed.) #107 (1866) Meter: Lyrics: Thou New Jerusalem, arise and shine! The glory of the Lord on thee hath risen! Sion, exult! rejoice with joy divine, Mother of GOD! Thy Son hath burst His prison! O heavenly Voice! O word of purest love! ‘Lo! I am with you alway to the end!’ This is the anchor, steadfast from above, The golden anchor, whence our hopes depend. O CHRIST, our Pascha! greatest, holiest, best! GOD’s Word and Wisdom and effectual Might! Thy fuller, lovelier presence manifest, In that eternal realm, that knows no night! Languages: English

Break not the circle of enabling love

Author: Fred Kaan (b. 1929) Hymnal: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #206 (2005) Meter: Lyrics: 1 Break not the circle of enabling love where people grow, forgiven and forgiving; break not that circle - make it wider still, till it includes, embraces all the living. 2 Come, wonder at this love that comes to life, where words of freedom are with humour spoken and people keep no score of wrong and guilt, but will that human bonds remain unbroken. 3 Sing high! Give thanks for all who came and come to teach the world the craft of hopeful craving for peace and wholeness that will fill the earth, for faith that stirs us to creative living. 4 Join then the movement of the love that frees, till people of whatever race or nation will truly be themselves, stand on their feet, see eye to eye with laughter and elation. Topics: The Living God Our Response to God - in the worship of God's house; Arts and Creativity; Church nature of; Love for others; Reconciliation Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:9-10 Languages: English Tune Title: ROBERT


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Emma Mundella

1858 - 1896 Meter: Composer of "CONSÉCRATION (Mundella)"

St. John of Damascus

675 - 787 Person Name: John Damascene Meter: Author of "Thou New Jerusalem, Arise and Shine" in Hymns of the Eastern Church (5th ed.) Eighth-century Greek poet John of Damascus (b. Damascus, c. 675; d. St. Sabas, near Jerusalem, c. 754) is especially known for his writing of six canons for the major festivals of the church year. John's father, a Christian, was an important official at the court of the Muslim caliph in Damascus. After his father's death, John assumed that position and lived in wealth and honor. At about the age of forty, however, he became dissatisfied with his life, gave away his possessions, freed his slaves, and entered the monastery of St. Sabas in the desert near Jerusalem. One of the last of the Greek fathers, John became a great theologian in the Eastern church. He defended the church's use of icons, codified the practices of Byzantine chant, and wrote about science, philosophy, and theology. Bert Polman ======================== John of Damascus, St. The last but one of the Fathers of the Greek Church, and the greatest of her poets (Neale). He was of a good family in Damascus, and educated by the elder Cosmas in company with his foster-brother Cosmas the Melodist (q. v.). He held some office under the Caliph. He afterwards retired to the laura of St. Sabas, near Jerusalem, along with his foster-brother. There he composed his theological works and his hymns. He was ordained priest of the church of Jerusalem late in life. He lived to extreme old age, dying on the 4th December, the day on which he is commemorated in the Greek calendar, either in his 84th or 100th year (circa 780). He was called, for some unknown reason, Mansur, by his enemies. His fame as a theologian rests on his work, the first part of which consists of philosophical summaries, the second dealing with heresies, and the third giving an account of the orthodox faith. His three orations in favour of the Icons, from which he obtained the name of Chrysorrhous and The Doctor of Christian Art, are very celebrated. The arrangement of the Octoechusin accordance with the Eight Tones was his work, and it originally contained no other Canons than his. His Canons on the great Festivals are his highest achievements. In addition to his influence on the form and music, Cardinal Pitra attributes to him the doctrinal character of the later Greek hymnody. He calls him the Thomas Aquinas of the East. The great subject round which his hymns are grouped is The Incarnation, developed in the whole earthly career of the Saviour. In the legendary life of the saint the Blessed Virgin Mary is introduced as predicting this work: the hymns of John of Damascus should eclipse the Song of Moses, rival the cherubim, and range all the churches, as maidens beating their tambours, round their mother Jerusalem (Pitra, Hymn. Grecque, p. 33). The legend illustrates not only the dogmatic cast of the hymns, but the introduction of the Theotokion and Staurotheotokion, which becomes the prevalent close of the Odes from the days of St. John of Damascus: the Virgin Mother presides over all. The Canons found under the name of John Arklas (one of which is the Iambic Canon at Pentecost) are usually attributed to St. John of Damascus, and also those under the name of John the Monk. Some doubt, however, attaches to the latter, because they are founded on older rhythmical models which is not the case with those bearing the name of the Damascene, and they are not mentioned in the ancient Greek commentaries on his hymns. One of these is the Iambic Canon for Christmas. His numerous works, both in prose and verse, were published by Le Quien, 1712; and a reprint of the same with additions by Migne, Paris, 1864. Most of his poetical writings are contained in the latter, vol. iii. pp. 817-856, containing those under the title Carmina; and vol. iii. pp. 1364-1408, the Hymni. His Canon of SS. Peter & Paul is in Hymnographie Grecque, by Cardinal Pitra, 1867. They are also found scattered throughout the Service Books of the Greek Church, and include Iambic Canons on the Birth of Christ, the Epiphany, and on Pentecost; Canons on Easter, Ascension, the Transfiguration, the Annunciation, and SS. Peter & Paul: and numerous Idiomela. In addition, Cardinal Mai found a manuscript in the Vatican and published the same in his Spicilegium Romanum, which contained six additional Canons, viz.: In St. Basilium; In St. Chrysostomum; In St. Nicolaum; In St. Petrum; In St. Georgium, and In St. Blasium. But M. Christ has urged grave objections to the ascription of these to St. John of Damascus (Anthologia Graeca Carminum Christorium, p. xlvii.). Daniel's extracts in his Thesaurus Hymnologicus, vol. iii. pp. 80, 97, extend to six pieces. Dr. Neale's translations of portions of these works are well known. [Rev. H. Leigh Bennett, M.A.] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Fred Kaan

1929 - 2009 Meter: Author of "Today I Live" in Sing a New Creation Fred Kaan Hymn writer. His hymns include both original work and translations. He sought to address issues of peace and justice. He was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands in July 1929. He was baptised in St Bavo Cathedral but his family did not attend church regularly. He lived through the Nazi occupation, saw three of his grandparents die of starvation, and witnessed his parents deep involvement in the resistance movement. They took in a number of refugees. He became a pacifist and began attending church in his teens. Having become interested in British Congregationalism (later to become the United Reformed Church) through a friendship, he was attended Western College in Bristol. He was ordained in 1955 at the Windsor Road Congregational Church in Barry, Glamorgan. In 1963 he was called to be minister of the Pilgrim Church in Plymouth. It was in this congregation that he began to write hymns. The first edition of Pilgrim Praise was published in 1968, going into second and third editions in 1972 and 1975. He continued writing many more hymns throughout his life. Dianne Shapiro, from obituary written by Keith Forecast in Independent (