He was precentor of Queen’s College, Oxford 1860-1866, during which time he was ordained. He was vicar of Bradfield, near Manningtree, Essex from 1871 until his death. He was a fine organist, and an amateur organ builder. He published Hints on the Purchase of an Organ in 1867.
Jane Elizabeth (or Eliza) Leeson (1809–1881) was born at Wilford, Nottinghamshire. Late in her life she converted to Catholicism. She wrote many hymns and books for children.
This hymn was first published in 1842, as a poem with three eight-line verses, entitled My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. It seems that the second four lines were dropped to make the familiar hymn. Some hymnals only include four verses.
Revd Hayne wrote the well-known tune Buckland.
Loving shepherd of Thy sheep,
Keep Thy lamb, in safety keep;
Nothing can Thy power withstand,
None can pluck me from Thy hand.
Loving Saviour, Thou didst give
Thine own life that we might live,
And the hands outstretched to bless
Bear the cruel nails’ impress.
I would praise Thee every day,
Gladly all Thy will obey,
Like Thy blessèd ones above
Happy in Thy precious love.
Loving shepherd, ever near,
Teach Thy lamb Thy voice to hear,
Suffer not my steps to stray
From the straight and narrow way.
Where Thou leadest I would go,
Walking in Thy steps below,
Till before my Father’s throne
I shall know as I am known.
The word were written by Revd Lewis Hensley (1824-1905). He was ordained in 1851 and was Vicar of Hitchin for 49 years. He published a number of hymns in 1864 and 1867, but this Advent hymn is the only one appearing in modern hymnals.
He died suddenly of natural causes while travelling in a train on the Great Eastern Railway in 1905, so it was not the horrors of WW1 that inspired the phrase “When comes the promised time that war shall be no more…?”.
The tune St Cecilia was composed by Revd Hayne.
Thy kingdom come, O God,
thy rule, O Christ, begin;
break with thine iron rod
the tyrannies of sin.
Where is thy reign of peace
and purity and love?
When shall all hatred cease,
as in the realms above?
When comes the promised time
that war shall be no more,
and lust, oppression, crime
shall flee thy face before?
We pray thee, Lord, arise,
and come in thy great might;
revive our longing eyes,
which languish for thy sight.
Men scorn thy sacred name,
and wolves devour thy fold;
by many deeds of shame
we learn that love grows cold.
O’er lands both near and far
thick darkness broodeth yet:
arise, O Morning Star,
arise, and never set!
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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