It certainly cannot be said of Charles Wesley that he was ever at a loss for words - his great hymn of praise "Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing," originally contained 18 stanzas! This hymn is so popular in Great Britain that is has become known as the second national anthem of England!
This hymn and its music come from separate fifteenth-century sources, and are a good example of the rich heritage of the Church that has been passed down to us. This hymn was written for the wedding of the author's sister, and became popular when used for the wedding of the Duke of Fife and the Princess of Wales in Legend has it that one day, when Bernard of Clairvaux was meditating upon a crucifix hanging on the wall, he had a vision in which the image of Christ on the cross leaned down and embraced him in acceptance of his devotion.
It was this vision that apparently inspired Bernard to write verses of prayer to the crucifix, part of which is the foundation for this hymn text. Not very many Easter hymns focus on the disciples' response to the astounding story that their beloved Master, Jesus Christ, was no longer dead but alive.
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This old hymn from France tells just that story. This Pentecost hymn looks forward to the day when the redemption of all creation is fully realized. If you have ever been to the beach on a windy day, you know the power of the waves to carry away anything in their path.
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In this hymn, Samuel T. Francis compares God's love to the ocean's waves. In , Margaret K. Dismore made a discovery that put one publication on hold, and another one into motion. After a century and a half of doubt and confusion, the mystery of the composer of the tune LYONS was solved.
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Even though this hymn is most often sung at Christmastime, it actually has very little to do with the Christmas story. Rather, this hymn asserts the divine nature of Christ, something we should be singing about all the time! Although this song is heavily associated with the camp meetings of nineteenth-century America, most of the text was in fact written in England by an English clergyman. This hymn is one example of the breadth of Christian hymnody, with stanzas by an English minister, a camp-meeting refrain, and a tune from William Walker's Southern Harmony.
In , Cecil F. Alexander published a book of hymns for children, containing thirteen hymns she had written to explain the Apostles' Creed. This hymn is one of three of these that are still in common use. Though this hymn, with its overt martial images, is rather controversial in a time when the church throughout the world prefers to focus on peace, it is still quite popular. This twentieth-century hymn text by a Presbyterian evangelist was written for one of the most popular of all hymn tunes.
This short text was originally the final stanza to three longer texts, but has become one of the best-known single hymns stanzas in the English-speaking world. In this case, I think we can all agree that this king had good taste in Church music. Charles Wesley's hymn was written to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It does not stop there, but goes on to celebrate the Ascension and anticipate the Second Coming, realizing a fuller meaning of what is celebrated at Easter. This hymn was written to accompany the procession of several assembled choirs for a choral festival at an English cathedral, and has prompted an American composer to write a modern setting for a processional in an American cathedral.
This spiritual does not tell a historically accurate story, but it contains an important message about life priorities. He concluded his article with the text of this hymn. We know very little about this hymn, except that it has blessed Christians for two centuries with its words of trust and prayer, giving us the words to ask our God to provide for us. Robert Lowry wished to be known more as a preacher than as a hymn writer, but the multitude of people who have sung this hymn, which is his most popular one, have decided otherwise.
This is by far the best known and most loved sacred Christmas carol. There are chapels and museums dedicated to it, a Silent Night Association, and more stories about how this hymn came into existence than there are words in the carol! Dwight L.
In this very personal and well-known hymn, the singer calls to mind various places in Scripture concerning Christian love and the Holy Spirit. Do you eagerly anticipate vacations, and feel a sudden sense of relief and bliss when you head out for a trip and leave the pressures of the everyday world behind?
That is the attitude that the author of this hymn had toward the daily time of prayer. No one is quite sure how this happened, but in the early twentieth century, this African American spiritual became a drinking song sung after rugby games in England. In , a group of school boys sang it during the last match of England against Ireland, and it quickly caught on until the whole English crowd was singing the song.
In , it became the official theme song of the English rugby team, and is sung with gusto and pride today at every match. Author Frances Havergal took her own lyrics quite seriously. William Neidlinger was best known in his time for his books of songs for young children, but this song is his only enduring work. How beloved is this hymn? This eighth-century hymn of celebration was traditionally sung at midnight on Easter in the Greek church.
This carol with folk origins is one of our best-loved Christmas hymns, but despite the opening reference to the shepherds, it is all about the wise men and the star. The original Hebrew text for this hymn was written in the twelfth century by the famous Jewish philosopher, Moses Maimonides.
A Wesleyan preacher in the eighteenth century brought this Jewish song into a Christianized form. Of all the numerous paraphrases of Psalm 23, Henry Baker's is one of the most popular, and justly so. His vivid interpretation repeatedly recalls the image of Christ the Good Shepherd, wedding both Old and New Testament imagery. Both the text and tune of this hymn were based on pre-existing music, written many years before this hymn. In this beautiful adaptation of a Latin text and an Italian mass, the author and composer have given the church a beautiful Easter hymn.
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Tell me truly I implore. This hymn is an excellent reminder of why music is such an important part of celebrating Christmas — the angels welcomed Jesus in song. This poignant and powerful Easter hymn has become incredibly popular over the last years and promises to remain in Easter services for centuries to come. Although this hymn is usually sung for Advent or Christmas, it really tells the story of all of Jesus' life, from His birth to His ascension. The focus is on the contrast between Christ's divine reality and the humble way He lived on earth.
Even though author Fanny Crosby was an American, this hymn was more widely known in England than in the States for many years until it was finally re-introduced to the American public in at a Billy Graham crusade.
This popular gospel hymn has its origins in a testimony meeting at a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic tour. In , Philipp Nicolai's parish was struck with a pestilence that killed people in six months. During that time, when he performed burial services daily, Nicolai began to meditate on the life to come. One of the results of his contemplation was this hymn.
In comparison with England and America, small countries such as the Netherlands can become quite lost in the world of hymnody. The tune for this hymn, however, is the most widely distributed of any Dutch hymn tune, and is recognized and loved around the world. Despite its historical inaccuracy, this hymn is one of our best-loved songs for Epiphany, because its tune and opening text give the impression of being in the Middle East. In the same way, this old spiritual allows us to come together as a people to remember our shared story, a story of suffering and of hope.
The author of this hymn, Joseph Scriven, never intended for his text to be published.
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As it is now one of the most-loved hymns of assurance, we can be glad that his original intention was never realized! The tune of this hymn was mentioned by Shakespeare in a number of his plays, not the least of which was The Merry Wives of Windsor , where Falstaff writes to Mrs.
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When Nahum Tate died, he left behind debts and his contribution along with Nicholas Brady to a well-known paraphrase of the Psalms. This Christmas hymn of his is a paraphrase of the story of the shepherds and angels from Luke 2. This hymn was written in the face of religious persecution in England, yet its author, Charles Wesley, was still able to extol the power and glory of God. It seems odd that a hymn whose first two stanzas lists the Orthodox orders of angels and call to the Virgin Mary should still appear in Protestant hymnals over a hundred years later, but J. Athelstan Riley does a wonderful job of reminding us how vast the throng is that worships God.
Skip to main content. Home Page. Featured Hymns. Sing to Jesus Lying bedridden with a near fatal illness in , William C. Lord God Almighty! Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended This hymn does such a good job reminding us why Jesus suffered that J. All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name The jury is still out on exactly what verses of this powerful hymn ought to be sung, but though different traditions will probably never agree on this matter, everyone can say that this hymn of victory is a treasure to the church.
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