Lord of Creation Reign

Hymn #443 in the 1875 Wesley Hymnal (or #431 in the Collected Works of John and Charles Wesley) is a remarkable call for faithful evangelism and intercession in the Muslim world: 1. Sun of unclouded righteousness, With healing in Thy wings arise A sad, benighted world to bless, Which now in sin and error lies, Wrapped in Egyptian night profound, With chains of …

James Hyslop’s “A Cameronian Dream”

When the righteous had fallen, and the combat had ended, A chariot of fire through the dark cloud descended; Its drivers were angels, on horses of whiteness, And its burning wheels turned upon axles of brightness; A seraph unfolded its doors bright and shining, All dazzling like gold of the seventh refining, And the souls that came forth out of …

Nathan Clark George’s Double Eleventary

Psalms 1. Alleluia! Sing for Joy—Psalm 33            2. Lord, Protect Your People—Psalm 14            3. Gently, Gently—Psalm 6            4. I Love You Lord—Psalm 18                        5. Bless the Lord O My Soul—Psalm 104            6. O Lord Most High—Psalm 9                        7. My Soul Waits—Psalm 62                        8. Blessed Are All They—Psalm 1                        9. Incarnate God—Psalm 91                        10. Answer Father …

Rock of Ages

Augustus Montague Toplady, clergyman and writer, was born in 1740, at Farnham, about 20 miles southwest of Windsor, England. He studied at the prestigious Westminster School for a short time, but was sent to Ireland in 1755, the same year as his conversion—he had been greatly influenced by the teachings of John Wesley.  Toplady received his degrees of Bachelor of …

St. Pat­rick’s Lor­i­ca (Breastplate)

I bind unto myself today The strong Name of the Trinity, By invocation of the same The Three in One and One in Three. I bind this today to me forever By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation; His baptism in Jordan river, His death on Cross for my salvation; His bursting from the spicèd tomb, His riding up the heavenly …

The Epiphany Hymn Rings Haste

Incarnational hope hastens hence on bud, breeze, and blossom grieving rynds banished in lilac scents. Hark, the Epiphany Hymn rings haste from its loveliest biding-place. A lavish breach of winter’s curt hard sword an ardent repudiation of death’s dark pall the out-viening sun of the Christus Lord. Hark, the Epiphany hymn rings haste From its loveliest biding-place At the refectory …

Epiphany: “Midnight Bright as Noon”

The King of Glory sends his Son To make his entrance on this earth; Behold the midnight bright as noon, And heavenly hosts declare his birth. About the young Redeemer’s head What wonders and what glories meet! An unknown star arose, and led The eastern sages to his feet. Simeon and Anna both conspire The infant-Saviour to proclaim; Inward they …

Deo Gracias!

Adam lay i-bowndyn, bowndyn in a bond, Fowre thows and wynter thowt he not to long. And al was for an appil, an appil that he tok. As clerkes fyndyn wretyn in here book. Ne hadde the appil take ben, the appil taken ben, Ne hadde never our lady a ben hevene quen. Blyssid be the tyme that appil take …

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Rarely in one carol does an author encompass the entirety of the Redemption story from creation, the prophets, the nativity, and the eternal glory of the Triune God, but the Imperial Roman poet, Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-413), skillfully weaves the redemptive narrative throughout the verses of the fine Advent poem, Corde Natus Ex Parentis. Consequently, its lyrics are also dense …

Saviour of the Nations, Come

Ambrose (340-397) was the great bishop of Milan who was instrumental in the conversion of St. Augustine. In fact, there is evidence in one of Augustine’s writings that substantiates Ambrose’s authorship of a wonderful Advent hymn,&nbsp…

Luther’s “Defend Thy Christendom”

  Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word; Woo Thou all Doubters and murderous Turks Would wrest the Kingdom from Thy Son And set at naught all He hath done. Lord Jesus Christ, Thy power make known, For Thou art Lord of lords alone; Defend Thy Christendom that we May evermore sing praise to Thee. O Comforter of priceless worth. Send …

For the Beauty of the Earth

For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, …