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St Oswald's

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Sing-Along Hymns

Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)


He was the grandson of Charles Wesley. He was the organist at Hereford Cathedral (1832), Exeter Cathedral (1836), Leeds Minster (1842) Winchester Cathedral (1849) and Gloucester Cathedral (1865). He wrote (almost exclusively for the Anglican church) many anthems, hymn tunes and organ pieces that are still popular.

He wrote a number of hymn tunes, including O thou who camest from above as well as the two tunes provided here.

Christ is our corner-stone

Ephesians 2:19-22: Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

This Latin hymn from the 7th or 8th century was translated by John Chandler, who also translated On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s cry.

The tune Harewood was published in 1839.

The descant provided here is by Donald Davison.

Christ is our cornerstone,
on him alone we build;
with his true saints alone
the courts of heaven are filled;
on his great love our hopes we place
of present grace and joys above.

O then with hymns of praise
these hallowed courts shall ring;
our voices we will raise
the Three in One to sing;
and thus proclaim in joyful song,
both loud and long, that glorious name.

Here, gracious God, do thou
for evermore draw nigh;
accept each faithful vow,
and mark each suppliant sigh;
in copious shower on all who pray
each holy day thy blessings pour.

Here may we gain from heaven
the grace which we implore;
and may that grace, once given,
be with us evermore,
until that day when all the blest
to endless rest are called away.


On the Resurrection morning

This hymn is suitable for singing at a funeral, but also can be sung at Easter. It was written by Revd Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924). He was ordained in 1864, and became the curate at Horbury Bridge, West Riding of Yorkshire. He became perpetual curate at Dalton, near Thirsk and then rector of East Mersea in Essex in 1871, spending ten years there. In 1872 his father died and he inherited the 3,000-acre family estates of Lewtrenchard in Devon, which included the gift of the living of Lew Trenchard parish. When the living became vacant in 1881, he was able to appoint himself to it, becoming parson as well as squire. He did a great deal of work restoring the parish church of St Peter's Church.

He wrote many hymns including Onward, Christian Soldiers and Now the Day Is Over

The tune is Hornsey, published in 1872.

On the Resurrection morning soul and body meet again;
No more sorrow, no more weeping, no more pain!

Here awhile they must be parted, and the flesh its Sabbath keep,
Waiting in a holy stillness, wrapt in sleep.

For a while the tired body lies with feet toward the morn:
Till the last and brightest Easter day be born.

But the soul in contemplation utters earnest prayer and strong,
Bursting at the Resurrection into song.

Soul and body re-united thenceforth nothing shall divide,
Waking up in Christ’s own likeness satisfied.

Oh! the beauty, Oh! the gladness of that Resurrection day,
Which shall not through endless ages pass away.

On that happy Easter morning all the graves their dead restore;
Father, sister, child and mother meet once more.

To that brightest of all meetings bring us, JESUS CHRIST, at last;
By Thy Cross, through death and judgment, holding fast.


For each hymn we have provided a set of verses together with an electronically generated sound-track. The sound track does not provide any words - just the tune.

The selection of hymns to be included was subject to certain limitations, notably the restrictions of copyright. This meant that many modern hymns were excluded, and the exclusion even applied to some updated versions of traditional hymns. Some publishers have made a few minor changes to make hymns more "inclusive" and have then claimed copyright over the revised text. So in most cases the ORIGINAL texts have been used, even though these may not be the versions that appear in modern hymnals.

In deciding what tunes to be used, this has largely been the Webmaster's personal choice. It is a mixture of familiar tunes and tunes that are not well-known, but deserve to be better known. The webmaster has included some personal favourites (and excluded some pet hates!). The soundtracks provided go with the words provided - if there are four verses, the tune is repeated four times. Where possible tunes have been provided with descants or alternative arrangements.

Wherever possible, there is an explanation of who wrote the words or tunes, the circumstances under which they were written, when (and sometimes why). Many hymns include references to verses appearing in the King James Version of the Bible; more modern translations were not then available! In some cases we have tried to explain these scriptural references or other instances where words have changed their meaning over time.

This selection of "Sing-along Songs of Praise" was originally a series of blog posts written during the COVID Lockdowns of 2020. It was intended to allow people to sing hymns in the safety and privacy of their own homes at a time when hymn-singing in church was not allowed (even if the church building was open!).

When hymns are sung as part of a church service, it is normally the case that the hymn books are set aside at the end of the hymn and the next part of the service continues. There is no time to sit and reflect on the meaning or the beauty of words and/or music. This collection allows you to take your time, to read, listen sing along, reflect, and to repeat a hymn again if you wish.



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