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Our God Eternal, Reigning

Author: Timothy Dudley-Smith Meter: Appears in 2 hymnals First Line: [Our God Eternal, Reigning] Scripture: Psalm 90 Text Sources: A House of Praise (Hope Publishing Company,, 2003)
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O Bread Of Life From Heaven

Meter: Appears in 42 hymnals Lyrics: 1 O Bread of life from heaven, To weary pilgrims given, O Manna from above: The souls that hunger feed Thou, The hearts that seek Thee lead Thou, With Thy most sweet and tender love. 2 O Fount of grace redeeming, O River ever streaming From Jesus' holy side: Come Thou, Thyself bestowing On thirsting souls, and flowing Till all their wants are satisfied. 3 Jesus, this feast receiving, Thy word of truth believing, We Thee unseen adore: Grant, when our race is ended, That we, to heav'n ascended, May see Thy glory ever more. Topics: Call and Repentance Used With Tune: [O Bread of life from heaven] Text Sources: Anon., Latin, 1661.

O World, Behold Him Dying

Author: Arthur T. Russell Meter: Appears in 1 hymnal


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Meter: Appears in 258 hymnals Tune Person: Henirich Isaac, c. 1450-1517 Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 32123 54334 5523 Used With Text: Now Rest beneath Night's Shadow


Meter: Appears in 55 hymnals Tune Person: Nikolaus Decius Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 13555 65655 12342 Used With Text: Lamb of God, Pure and Sinless


Meter: Appears in 5 hymnals Tune Person: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, 1747-1800; John J. Overholt Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 12143 21333 65433 Used With Text: The duteous day now closeth


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Now rest beneath night's shadow

Author: P. Gerhardt Hymnal: The Lutheran Hymnary #AIV (1913) Meter: Lyrics: 1 Now rest beneath night's shadow The woodland, field, and meadow, The world in slumber lies; But thou, my heart, awake thee, To prayer and song betake Thee, Let praise to thy Creator rise. 2 To rest the body hasteth, Aside its garments casteth-- Types of mortality; These I put off, and ponder How Christ shall give me yonder A robe of glorious majesty. 3 Ye weary limbs, now rest you, For toil hath sore oppressed you, And quiet sleep ye crave; A sleep shall once o'ertake you From which no man can wake you, In your last, narrow bed--the grave. 4 Lord Jesus, who dost love me, O spread Thy wings above me, And shield me from alarm! Though Satan would devour me: Let angel-guards sing o'er me: This child of God shall meet no harm. 5 My loved ones, rest securely, For God this night will surely From peril guard your heads; Sweet slumbers may He send you, And bid His hosts attend you, And through the night watch o'er your beds. Tune Title: [Now rest beneath night's shadow]

O Lord, my heart is turning

Author: Hans Chrestensen Sthen; J. C. Aaberg Hymnal: Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark #4 (1945) Meter: Lyrics: O Lord, my heart is turning To Thee with ceaseless yearning And praying for Thy grace. Thou art my sole reliance Against my foes’ defiance; Be Thou my stay in every place. I offer a confession Of my severe transgression; In me is nothing good. But, Lord, Thou wilt not leave me And, like the world, deceive me; Thou hast redeemed me with Thy blood. Blest Lord of Life most holy, Thou wilt the sinner lowly Not leave in sin and death; Thine anger wilt not sever The child from Thee forever That pleads with Thee for life and breath. O Holy Spirit, guide me! With wisdom true provide me; Help me my cross to bear. Uphold me in my calling And, when the night is falling, Grant me Thy heavenly home to share. Languages: English

Now All the Woods Are Sleeping

Author: Paul Gerhardt; Robert Bridges Hymnal: Rejoice in the Lord #13 (1985) Meter: Topics: Conclusion of Worship; In The Beginning Creator of Heaven and Earth Scripture: Job 38:1-7 Languages: English Tune Title: INNSBRUCK


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Johann Sebastian Bach

1685 - 1750 Person Name: Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750 Meter: Harmonizer of "O WELT, ICH MUSS DICH LASSEN" in The Hymnal 1982 Johann Sebastian Bach was born at Eisenach into a musical family and in a town steeped in Reformation history, he received early musical training from his father and older brother, and elementary education in the classical school Luther had earlier attended. Throughout his life he made extraordinary efforts to learn from other musicians. At 15 he walked to Lüneburg to work as a chorister and study at the convent school of St. Michael. From there he walked 30 miles to Hamburg to hear Johann Reinken, and 60 miles to Celle to become familiar with French composition and performance traditions. Once he obtained a month's leave from his job to hear Buxtehude, but stayed nearly four months. He arranged compositions from Vivaldi and other Italian masters. His own compositions spanned almost every musical form then known (Opera was the notable exception). In his own time, Bach was highly regarded as organist and teacher, his compositions being circulated as models of contrapuntal technique. Four of his children achieved careers as composers; Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Chopin are only a few of the best known of the musicians that confessed a major debt to Bach's work in their own musical development. Mendelssohn began re-introducing Bach's music into the concert repertoire, where it has come to attract admiration and even veneration for its own sake. After 20 years of successful work in several posts, Bach became cantor of the Thomas-schule in Leipzig, and remained there for the remaining 27 years of his life, concentrating on church music for the Lutheran service: over 200 cantatas, four passion settings, a Mass, and hundreds of chorale settings, harmonizations, preludes, and arrangements. He edited the tunes for Schemelli's Musicalisches Gesangbuch, contributing 16 original tunes. His choral harmonizations remain a staple for studies of composition and harmony. Additional melodies from his works have been adapted as hymn tunes. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Robert Bridges

1844 - 1930 Person Name: Robert Seymour Bridges, 1844-1930 Meter: Translator of "The duteous day now closeth" in The Hymnal 1982 Robert S. Bridges (b. Walmer, Kent, England, 1844; d. Boar's Hill, Abingdon, Berkshire, England, 1930) In a modern listing of important poets Bridges' name is often omitted, but in his generation he was consid­ered a great poet and fine scholar. He studied medicine and practiced as a physician until 1881, when he moved to the village of Yattendon. He had already written some poetry, but after 1881 his literary career became a full-time occupation, and in 1913 he was awarded the position of poet laureate in England. Bridges published The Yattendon Hymnal (1899), a collection of one hundred hymns (forty-four written or translated by him with settings mainly from the Genevan psalter, arranged for unaccompanied singing. In addition to volumes of poetry, Bridges also published A Practical Discourse on Some Principles of Hymn-Singing (1899) and About Hymns (1911). Bert Polman =================== Bridges, Robert Seymour, M.A., son of J. J. Bridges, of Walmer, Kent, was b. Oct. 23, 1844, and educated at Eton and at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (B.A. 1867, M.A. 1874). He took his M.A. in 1874, but retired from practice in 1882, and now (1906) resides at Yattendon, Berks. He is the author of many poems and plays. He edition and contributed to the Yattendon Hymnal, 1899 (originally printed at the Oxford Univ. Press in parts—Nos. 1-25, 1895; 26-50, 1897; 51-75, 1898; 76-100, 1899). [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)


Person Name: Unknown Meter: Author of "O Bread of Life From Heaven" in Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries.


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Small Church Music

Meter: Editors: Paul Gerhardt Description: The SmallChurchMusic site was launched in 2006, growing out of the requests from those struggling to provide suitable music for their services and meetings. Rev. Clyde McLennan was ordained in mid 1960’s and was a pastor in many small Australian country areas, and therefore was acutely aware of this music problem. Having also been trained as a Pipe Organist, recordings on site (which are a subset of the site) are all actually played by Clyde, and also include piano and piano with organ versions. All recordings are in MP3 format. Churches all around the world use the recordings, with downloads averaging over 60,000 per month. The recordings normally have an introduction, several verses and a slowdown on the last verse. Users are encouraged to use software: Audacity ( or Song Surgeon ( (see for more information) to adjust the MP3 number of verses, tempo and pitch to suit their local needs. Copyright notice: Rev. Clyde McLennan, performer in this collection, has assigned his performer rights in this collection to Non-commercial use of these recordings is permitted. For permission to use them for any other purposes, please contact Home/Music( List SongsAlphabetically List Songsby Meter List Songs byTune Name About  

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary

Publication Date: 2007 Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library Meter: