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Sing-Along Hymns

Revd Patrick Robert Norman Appleford (1925-2018)

He served his first curacy at All Saints, Poplar. With Revd Geoffrey Beaumont and others he was a founder of the “Twentieth Century Church Light Music Group” around 1960, which significantly affected the development of hymn-writing and hymn-singing across English-speaking churches from that time onwards. He served as Dean of Lusaka, Zambia 1966-1972 before returning to England to a parish in Hereford diocese. He was Director of Education in Chelmsford Diocese from 1975 until he retired in 1990.

He deliberately made many of his texts free from copyright, so these are some of the few modern hymns we have been able to provide here.

Revd Canon Veronica Hydon also served at All Saints Poplar as Deacon and then Curate 1991-1995.

(Scroll down for more hymns)

Crown Him the King of Love

Patrick Appleford wrote this hymn for the tune Diademata (Latin for "Crowns") in 2015 at the age of 90. The tune is familiar to the hymn Crown him with many crowns, for which it was written in 1868 by Sir George Job Elvey (1816-1893). As a young boy, Elvey was a chorister in Canterbury Cathedral and later studied at Royal Academy of Music. He was appointed organist of St George’s Chapel, Windsor at the age of 19. He was knighted after providing music for Princess Louise’s wedding in 1871. He retired from St George’s Chapel in 1882 after 47 years in the post.

Crown him the King of love,
Jesus, the Lamb of God,
who takes away the sin of the world,
His love divine outpoured
on every tribe and tongue,
to fire each heart and mind
with love for God and neighbours,
who can help us to be kind.

Jesus is Mary’s son,
born long ago, a Jew
who growing up in Nazareth learned
the love of God is true.
His ministry of love
broke free from time and space,
to reach the rich variety
of all the human race.

Let all the world rejoice
and praise the Prince of Peace.
He reconciles and heals with new life:
His love will never cease.
All glory be to God,
the Father and the Son,
who with the Spirit – and with us
shall be for ever one.


Firmly I believe and truly

A modern tune, Alton, for the well-known hymn written by John Henry Newman. The words are slightly modified in the last verse to suit the arrangement.

(The traditional tune Halton Holgate can be found here.)

Firmly I believe and truly
God is Three and God is One;
and I next acknowledge duly
manhood taken by the Son.

And I trust and hope most fully
in that manhood crucified;
and each thought and deed unruly
do to death, as he has died.

Simply to his grace and wholly
light and life and strength belong,
and I love supremely, solely,
him the holy, him the strong.

And I hold in veneration,
for the love of him alone,
Holy Church as his creation,
and her teachings as his own.

Adoration ay be given,
with and through the angelic host,
to the God of earth and heaven,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Father, Son and Holy Ghost.


Jesus is with us

Psalm 16.8: I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

A hymn that is probably not familiar to many people. He wrote both words and music. He described it as “exploring what the Christian greeting ‘The Lord be with you’ means today, and how Jesus still inspires us to live and serve like him.” This hymn has not been published in any printed hymnal as far as I know.

Jesus is with us, his spirit inspires us,
Leading us on to love and serve like Him.
“I am with you Always”, He promises His friends
His love for us all never ends.

Jesus is with us, a spiritual presence,
Feeding our minds and hearts with gifts of grace.
Bind us all together, an internet of prayer
sharing in your love now and here.

Jesus is with us and present in people,
suffering, put upon, alone or poor;
people needing us to be with them, and to care;
Love can still break through anywhere.

[There is a two-bar introduction to each verse.]

Jesus is with us

Now I have seen my Saviour

This reworking of the Nunc Dimittis is probably not familiar to many people. Patrick Appleford wrote both words and music. One of his objectives was to make words and music accessible to younger people. This hymn has not been published in any printed hymnal as far as I know.

More traditional choral versions of Nunc Dinittis can be found here.

Now I have seen my Saviour,
Lord let me go in peace.
Just as you promised, Christ has come
to save the human race.
My heart is bursting with joy to see
this boy in my arms, who is born to be
a light to lighten the nations
and the glory of his own.

Blest be the holy Christ-child,
His blessings shall not cease.
Many will find the life in Him
who gives to us His peace.

Now I have seen my Saviour,
Lord let me go in peace.
Just as you promised, Christ has come
to save the human race.
My heart is bursting with joy to see
this boy in my arms, who is born to be
a light to lighten the nations
and the glory of his own.

Glory to God our Father.
Glory to God the Son,
Glory to God the Spirit,
One in Your eternal peace

[There is a four-bar introduction.]

Nunc Dimittis

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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