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I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. (St. John 11:25,26)

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another. (Job 19:25-27)

We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. (1 Timothy 6: 7; Job 1: 21)

William Croft (1678-1727) Organist of Westminster Abbey 1708-27.
Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears unto our prayer; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and most merciful Savior, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from thee. Amen
Book of Common Prayer< Henry Purcell (1659-95) Organist of Westminster Abbey 1679-95

I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, From henceforth blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: even so saith the Spirit; for they rest from their labours. Revelation 14:13 William Croft.

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I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above, entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love: the love that asks no question, the love that stands the test, that lays upon the altar the dearest and the best; the love that never falters, the love that pays the price, the love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there's another country, I've heard of long ago, most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know; we may not count her armies, we may not see her King; her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering; and soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase, and her ways are ways of gentleness and all her paths are peace.

Lyrics by Cecil Spring-Rice (1859-1918)
Music by Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
Tune Reference: Thaxted

Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, No 579

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Verdi: Requiem

Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna, in die illa tremenda quando coeli movendi sunt, et terra: dum veneris judicare saeculum per ignem.
Tremens factus sum ego et timeo, dum discussio venerit, atque ventura ira.
Dies illa, dies irae, calamitatis et miseriae, dies magna et amara valde.
Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Deliver me, O Lord, from eternal death in that dread day when the heavens and the Earth shall be shaken, and you will come to judge the world by fire. I tremble in awe of the judgment and the coming wrath. Day of wrath, day of calamity and woe, great and exceeding bitter day. Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

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The King of love my Shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
and he is mine for ever.

Where streams of living water flow
my ransomed soul he leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow
with food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
but yet in love he sought me,
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home rejoicing brought me.

In death's dark vale I fear no ill
with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still,
thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread'st a table in my sight;
thy unction grace bestoweth:
and O what transport of delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
thy goodness faileth never:
good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house for ever.

Tune reference: Dominus regit me.
J.B. Dykes (1823-76)
H.W. Baker (1821-77)
Psalm 23.

The Anglican Hymn Book, No 546
Hymns For Today's Church, No 44
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, No 197

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Goodbye England's rose;
may you ever grow in our hearts.
You were the grace that placed itself
where lives were torn apart.
You called out to our country,
and you whispered to those in pain.
Now you belong to heaven,
and the stars spell out your name.

And it seems to me you lived your life
like a candle in the wind:
never fading with the sunset
when the rain set in.
And your footsteps will always fall here,
along England's greenest hills;
your candle's burned out long before
your legend ever will.

Loveliness we've lost;
these empty days without your smile.
This torch we'll always carry
for our nation's golden child.
And even though we try,
the truth brings us to tears;
all our words cannot express
the joy you brought us through the years.

Goodbye England's rose,
from a country lost without your soul,
who'll miss the wings of your compassion
more than you'll ever know.

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Make me a channel of your peace:
where there is hatred let me bring your love,
where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
and where there's doubt, true faith in you:

O Master grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love with all my soul!

Make me a channel of your peace:
where there's despair in life let me bring hope,
where there is darkness, only light,
and where there's sadness, ever joy:

O Master grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love with all my soul!

Make me a channel of your peace:
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving ourselves that we receive,
and in dying that we're born to eternal life.

O Master grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love with all my soul!

Make me a channel of your peace:
where there is hatred let me bring your love,
where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
and where there's doubt, true faith in you.

Sebastian Temple
Tune Name: St Francis of Assisi

Hymns For Today's Church, Supplement 19

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Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy powerful hand:
bread of heaven,
feed me now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain
whence the healing stream doth flow;
let the fiery cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through:
strong deliverer,
be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside;
death of death, and hell's destruction,
land me safe on Canaan's side:
songs and praises
I will ever give to thee.

Tune name: Cwm Rhondda.
John Hughes (1873-1932)
W. Williams (1717-91)

New English Hymnal, No 368
Anglican Hymn Book, No 555
Hymns for Today's Church, No 528
Hymns Ancient & Modern Revised, No 296

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John Tavener: Song for Athene

Alleluia. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
Remember me O lord, when you come into your kingdom.
Give rest O Lord to your handmaid, who has fallen asleep.
The choir of saints have found the well-spring of life, and door of paradise.
Life: a shadow and a dream.
Weeping at the grave creates the song:
Alleluia. Come, enjoy rewards and crowns I have prepared for you.

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Hymns For Today's Church U.K. (Hodder & Stoughton), 1987
USA (Hope Publishing Co.)

The New English Hymnal, Norwich (The Cantebury Press) 1986

The Anglican Hymn Book, London (William Clowes & Sons, Ltd), 1965

Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, London (William Clowes & Sons, Ltd), 1983

Songs of Praise
BBC & Oxford University Press

Liturgy, Sentences, Structure of Service :
The Alternative Service Book, 1980


Hubert Parry : Prelude on the hymn tune 'Eventide'
Victorian Organ Album
Edited by Malcolm Archer
Oxford University Press Anthology

Ralph Vaughn Williams : Prelude on the hymn tune 'Rhosymedre'
Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes
Oxford University Press

George Thalben-Ball : Elegy
Edited by Paxton

William Harris : Prelude
Four Short Pieces

All of the above publications, including in-depth information concerning hymnody, Anglican hymnals, church music scores and liturgy are available from the following source:

The Royal School of Church Music
Cleveland Lodge
Dorking Surrey RH5 6BW
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 1306 877 676

The Royal School of Church Music has a publications department and a bookshop. Telephone orders can be made with most credit cards.

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