Canticles

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The Song of Zechariah, Luke 1:68-79 - Watching waiting the Savior we will see Signs of promise unveil your mystery Wearied by Ages and endless enemies Prophets and sages will bow in worship Lord, come and set your people free from darkness To follow in the way of peace you promised Lord, come and set your people free Lord, come and set your people free You have raised up a Savior from on high Lord we bless You for You have heard our cry Born salvation as darkness turns to light Present and merciful Christ now hear us For you have set your people free from darkness To follow in the light of peace you promised Lord, you have set your people free Lord, you have set your servant free
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The 2nd Song of Moses, Deut. 32:1-43 - VERSE 1: Give ear, O Heaven, and I will speak Let the earth hear the words of my mouth May my song fall soft like gentle rains Upon the tender grass CHORUS: (I will) proclaim the name of the Lord (I will) ascribe greatness to our God (I will) proclaim the name of the Lord (I will) ascribe greatness to our God, greatness to our God VERSE 2: His work is perfect, His ways are just Without iniquity The Rock, a God of faithfulness Upright and just is He BRIDGE: Rejoice with Him, O heavens Bow down to Him all gods For He alone is worthy of your praise Rejoice with Him, O heavens Bow down to Him all gods For He alone is worthy of your praise For He alone is worthy of your praise
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The 3rd Song of Isaiah, Isaiah 60:1-19 - Arise shine for your light has come and the glory of God is on you Arise see when the earth grows dark that the Lord will arise upon you The Lord will arise upon you Nations will come to your light lift up your eyes and see We'll gather together and come to you And your love will be all that we know Your love will be all that we know The sun will not shine cause you'll be all the light that we need and violence will end all the wars that we wage will cease We will glorify your name We will glorify your name. Arise come to the open gates for the Father is welcoming you Fear not for the Lord brings peace and redemption to all who believe Redemption to all who believe Nations will come to your light lift up your eyes and see We'll gather together and come to you And your love will be all that we know Your love will be all that we know The sun will not shine cause you'll be all the light that we need and violence will end all the wars that we wage will cease We will glorify your name We will glorify your name.
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Verse1 You have come, Lord, come to redeem You have torn injustice at the seam You have saved us from our enemies You've remembered us in your mercy Chorus He has saved with mighty arm He has scattered the proud He has thrown down the strong Exalted the lowly He has fed the starving poor Emptied the rich In remembrance of his mercy, he has come Verse 2 Your dayspring has broke in from on high You give light to those who suffer in night You blaze bright on the shadow of death and you guide our feet into the way of peace (Chorus) Bridge The blind can see, the broken now can walk The dirty clean, the deaf now can hear The dead are raised, the poor now have good news The Son of God has come to save us from our enemy Verse 3 Every valley you will surely fill and every mountain you will bring it low and all the crooked things you will make straight Your salvation for all flesh to see
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The Prayer of Isaiah, Isaiah 26:9-20 - 1 ’Twas in the night, when troubles came, I sought, my God, for thee, But found no refuge in that name That once supported me. 2 I sought thee, but I found thee not, For all was dark within; Thy tender mercy I forgot To me when dead in sin. REFRAIN My soul longs for you always in the night, always in the night My Spirit within me seeks you in the night, always in the night, always in the night 3 With cords of his eternal love, ’Twas thus my soul he drew, And taught my wretched heart to prove His oath and promise true. 4 At length my Sun’s refulgent beam Through the dark cloud appeared; My night of woe was like a dream; My soul was blessed and cheered.
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1.My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the God of my heart is great, And my spirit sings of the wondrous things that you bring to the ones who wait. You fixed your sight on your servant's plight, and my weakness you did not spurn, So from east to west shall my name be blest. Could the world be about to turn? 2. Though I am small, my God, my all, you work great things in me, And your mercy will last from the depths of the past to the end of the age to be. Your very name puts the proud to shame, and to those who would for you yearn, You will show your might, put the strong to flight, for the world is about to turn. 3. From the halls of power to the fortress tower, not a stone will be left on stone. Let the king beware for your justice tears ev'ry tyrant from his throne. The hungry poor shall weep no more, for the food they can never earn; There are tables spread, ev'ry mouth be fed, for the world is about to turn. 4. Though the nations rage from age to age, we remember who holds us fast: God's mercy must deliver us from the conqueror's crushing grasp. This saving word that our forebears heard is the promise which holds us bound, 'Til the spear and rod can be crushed by God, who is turning the world around.
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You cast me out into the deep And there your floods surround I sank beneath the raging sea As billows crashed around The Psalm of Jonah, Jonah 2:2-9 - Verse 1: I was thrown out from your sight And I was driven away I know I will see with my eyes Again your holy place Chorus: I called to God in my distress He has heard my voice I cried to him out of the depths He answered my call He answered my call Verse 2: The waters closed in over me They came to bring me death I was covered up by the deep Weeds choked out my breathe I sank down to The mountain roots The earth had locked me in Just as the grave sealed up its gates You saved me from the pit Verse 3: As my life fainted away I remembered you my God All those who hope in idols vain Forsake their hope of love Chorus 2: With my voice I will give thanks A sacrifice to you What I have vowed I now will pay Salvation comes from you Salvation comes from you Salvation comes from you
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The 1st Song of Isaiah, Isaiah 12:1-6 - VERSE 1 You will say on that day: I will give thanks to the Lord, Though you were angry with me, Your anger turned away, and you comforted me CHORUS So give thanks to the Lord, and call on His name, Shout, and sing for joy, all you daughters of Zion, He is with you now, the Son of God He is with you now, the Son of God VERSE 2 Behold, my God is salvation; I will not be afraid; The Lord, my God, is my song; I will sing of all He’s done, and make everything known BRIDGE I will sing His name! I will sing His name! I will sing His name for all the world and everyone! Sing His name! I will sing His name! I will sing His name for all the world and everyone! Sing His name! I will sing His name! I will Sing His name for all the world and everyone!
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The 3rd Song of Isaiah, Isaiah 60:1-19 - Verse 1 Arise and look to the Skies The morning trumpet sounds Though parched in the desert we lie Flowers now spring from the ground Ever nation shall see (echo) God’s Glory as the light descends (echo) Verse 2 Come all and gather around Estranged sons and daughters come home The fabled messiah now found Sent through a virgin’s womb Every hearth is aflame (echo) As all the beautiful sing (echo) For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King. Verse 3 We rejoice in the light And we echo the song Come down to break the night From the heavenly throng Ay! We Shout (echo) Our future hope has finally come (echo) And we greet in His cradle our Savior and King! Verse 4 Hail to the Lord of Light Who makes the sun and moon lame Long awaited child now guide Be out everlasting flame Jesus Light of the World (echo) Our savior come now in flesh (echo) For, our promised salvation is coming near, through a child, a king
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The Song of Zechariah, Luke 1:68-79 - 1. Long in darkness Israel wandered; Long in mortal shadows, we Walked in bondage and self-pity, Trod in paths of sin and grief. In the prophets’ words He told us, Long the God of Israel spoke; He alone in strength would save us From the hands of all our foes. 2. He shall raise a mighty Savior; Born of David’s lineage, He Comes in cov’nant love to claim us From our sins to set us free. Light to those who dwell in darkness Life to those from death who flee Joy unto the earth, and gladness, To your pathways dawning peace! CHORUS: Every valley be exalted! Every mountain be made plane! Crooked ways repent and straighten; All creation bend in praise! 3. Jesus, Lord, and mighty Savior, David’s Son and yet his King, Dawning light of our salvation, Of your saving pow’r we sing! Stand, O lame, and dance ye broken, Know the Savior’s healing grace; Come, O deaf and hear him singing; Turn, O blind, behold his face!
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You send your servant forth in peace, According to your word. For my eyes—my eyes have seen The salvation of the Lord. My eyes have seen your salvation, Which you have prepared In the presence of all people. My eyes have seen your salvation, A light for revelation To all people, for Israel's glory.
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VERSE1: Your works oh God are marvelous, Your ways are just and true. Almighty is the LORD our God, The King of every age. REFRAIN: For you alone, for you alone, for you alone, for you alone are ho-ly. VERSE 2: When all the realms upon the earth Behold your work complete, Who will not fear and tremble, Lord And glorify your name? REFRAIN VERSE 3: And every land will come to you To worship you alone, Because your acts of righteousness Have been to all revealed. REFRAIN
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The Song of Moses, Exodus 15 - I sing unto the Lord for he has triumphed gloriously, The horse, the rider, he has thrown into the blood red sea. My strength, my song, my salvation, this is my God "the Lord." I will exalt him, praise him till his name be all adored. Our enemies went down unto the depths just like a stone. But you, O God, have raised us up unto thy mountain throne. They tremble (all the nations do). They melt before his fame. But we with one voice shout a loud, "Our Lord will ever reign." Has not the Christ so rescued us, and saved us from the flood, Of judgement from the hand of God, with hands that flowed with blood? Great and amazing are your deeds. Let all the nations see. O Lord Almighty, just and true, to you we bow the knee.
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He who is mighty, has shown great strength to me And His mercy is for those who fear His Holy name And He has shown strength with His arm and His law And He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He who is mighty has brought the wicked shame And His anger is for those who curse His Holy name And He has shown rage with the mighty in their thrones And He has lifted the low into His glorious home O my soul magnifies the Lord, Yes my soul magnifies the Lord. He who is mighty has not forgotten me And His helping is for those to serve His Holy name He has shown remembrance with his servant Israel And He spoke the promise from which all my doubts dispel O my soul magnifies the Lord, Yes my soul magnifies the Lord. O my soul magnifies the Lord, Yes my soul magnifies the Lord.
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The 3rd Song of Isaiah, Isaiah 60:1-19 - 1. Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Behold, darkness will cover all, but the Lord will shed his light; his glory will be seen. 2. Uplift your eyes around, and see nations gather in God's name to bring good news for all. For those who shall oppose his name will be stricken and brought low; to serve in deference. 3. Redeemer, saved by the love of God; Blessed with righteousness and peace, You'll praise his holy name. The sun shall be no more required, nor the brightness of the moon. The Lord shall be your light! God will be your glory
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The Prayer of Isaiah, Isaiah 26:9-20 - In our distress we sought the Lord; poured out a whispered prayer Cried out, seeking deliverance; His mercy met us there Empty idols have ruled over us; These hardened hearts of stone The Lord has brought salvation, sweet; We rest in Him alone Chorus: Trust in the Lord forevermore He is our fortress strong Souls, cling to this everlasting rock to our salvation sure May the wicked learn your power; May they believe your truth For your righteousness and justice; bring peace upon the earth (Chorus) To you who dwell in dust, awake! Rise up and sing for joy! The Lord will redeem you at last; And life shall be restored
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1 Alas! the Lord my life is gone, The Saviour hides his face; And I am left to walk alone, In this dark wilderness. 2 In vain I read, in vain I pray, Or hear salvation’s word, Unless a soul-reviving ray Beam from the glorious Lord. 3 Yet would I trust in him that died, For Jesus is his name; Yet would I in his grace confide, For he is still the same. 4 If once his grace renew the heart, Jesus will there remain; He cannot finally depart, But must return again. 5 Then, dearest Lord, teach me to wait Thy own appointed time; O change my captive, mournful state, And witness thou art mine.
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Who am I to receive this gift? A child of heaven and earth How can I give him my kiss? I have been blessed and I give praise To him whose song is age to age Sing out my soul, sing out my soul I will rejoice in you, my God, the Mighty One Sing out my soul, sing out my soul All glory be to you, Immanuel, the Son of Man Kings will bow to the least of these The humble lift - ed up The poor are filled with good things Mercy extends to those who fear The Lord, our God, drawing us near Sing out my soul, sing out my soul I will rejoice in you, my God, the Mighty One Sing out my soul, sing out my soul All glory be to you, Immanuel, the Son of God Holy is his name. Holy, holy, holy is his name. Holy is his name. Holy, holy, holy is his name. Holy is his name. Sing out my soul, sing out my soul I will rejoice in you, my God, the Mighty One Sing out my soul, sing out my soul All glory be to you, Immanuel, the Son All glory be to you, Immanuel, the Son of God with us
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The Prayer of Habakkuk, 3:2-19 - Verse 1: Though the fig tree should not blossom And no fruit be on the vine Though the fields all may fail And the flocks we cannot find Chorus: Still I will rejoice I will take joy in the Lord The God of my salvation He is my strength He makes my feet like the deer To dwell on the high places And still I will rejoice
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Isaiah 38:10-20 - 1.The Weaver of Time had measured my life in hours rather than years. My nights grew long and my days became frayed as the end of the thread came near. My desperate soul took one last look to the heavens. My final glimpse of the sky. My final cry in the land of the living. My finale please to the Lord of Life. Death cannot praise you, O God of my days, And pain only curses your name. From this pit of despair I cry out, "Lord, raise me up!" I will praise your name. I will praise your name. 2.Forsaken, forgotten, so far from my God. Is silence an answer to prayer? surrounded, insulted and scorned on all sides, My hope had melted in fear. But you O Lord, are the hope of your people. My father's faith was not vain. My mother's womb made a home for your Spirit. Lord, in your love, give me life again. All who descend to the dust will bow down. All nations will bend to God's fame. But my prayer is that of the poor one lifted up. I will praise your name. I will praise your name. 3. (a reading from I Corinthians 15:35-58) Death has been swallowed by life evermore. The serpent of sin has no sting. Dark days of despair now give way to glorious light. I will praise your name. I will praise your name.
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Awake my soul and sing of Christ who died for thee! Awake my soul and sing of Christ the risen King! All hail the virgins son God incarnate born. Victory he's won, that no one more shall mourn. Fruit of the mystic rose, as of that rose the stem, the fount of mercy flows, the babe of bethlehem. All hail the Son of God before the worlds began. All those who follow on crown him the Son of man, who every grief has known that wrings the human breast, and bears them as his own, that all in him may rest. All the hail the Lord of love, see now his hands and side, those wounds still visible in beauty glorified. No angels in the sky can fully bear that sight, wonder at mysteries that they declared that night. Praise to the Lord of life, who triumphed o'er the grave! He rose victorious, for those he came to save! His glories now we sing, who died and rose on high, eternal life he brings, and lives that death may die.
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Jonah 2:2-9 - V1: I called out unto the Lord In the throes of my deep distress From the depths of hell I cried And you heard my feeble voice For You cast me into the deep In the heart of the raging seas And the flood surrounded me All Your waves passed over me CHORUS: With the voice of thanksgiving I Will sacrifice to You Ever while I am living I'll Do what I said I'd do For salvation belongs to You V2: The waters closed over me I sank to the mountains feet A prisoner of the earth Where the gates lock shut forever Then I said, "I am cast away, But I know to Whom I pray." When my lungs drew my last breath You snatched me from the jaws of death Bridge: I won't turn my back on God's mercy No, I won't turn my back on God's mercy Oh, don't turn you back on God's mercy No, don't turn you back on God's mercy
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The 2nd Song of Isaiah, Isaiah 55:6-11 - Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, Call ye upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: And let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are Your ways my ways, saith the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, My ways and thoughts are higher than yours. And let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For as the rain cometh down, and snow from heaven, And maketh it bring forth and bud that it may give seed to sow, that it may give bread to eat. So shall My world be that goeth forth out of my mouth: It shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please it shall prosper in the thing whereunto I sent it.
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Lord bid your servant go in peace Your word is now fulfilled These eyes have seen salvation’s dawn, This child so long foretold This is the Savior of the world, The Gentiles promised light God’s glory dwelling in our midst, The joy of Israel Behold this child will pierce your heart His Word will be a sword A sign opposed to hearts concealed And grace for heaven’s adored Almighty Father, hear our cry Through Christ the only Son, Whom in the Spirit we adore For ages without end
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You alone are holy You alone are holy Great and marvelous are your deeds For you alone are holy Who will not fear you O Lord? And bring glory to your name Just and true are you ways King of the ages … All nations will come and worship you For you alone are holy … All your righteous ways have been seen For you alone are holy
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Verse 1: I heard a sound from heaven roar Like mighty ocean waves against the shore The Son of Man was seated on the throne Calling forth the bride as His own Then I looked upon the glassy sea With fire and those who believed Holding harps that God had given them Singing the song of Moses and the Lamb Chorus: Great and marvelous are your works O God Just and true are all of your ways Who won’t fear your name and glorify For You are great and greatly to be praised Verse 2: Every nation, tribe, and people bless Wearing the robes of righteousness All the angels and elders gather ‘round Falling with their faces to the ground

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Canticles - from the Song of Moses in Exodus 15 to the Song of Moses and the Lamb in Revelation 15 God has given voice to his people's response in poetic praise throughout the story of scripture. He has given poetic song as an embodied way for his people to corporately gather their spirits together and offer praise, thanksgiving, lament, and covenant proclamation. The canticles typically refer to songs in scripture that habitate outside the psalms.

In this latest compilation from Cardiphonia we have invited a group of church musicians and songwriters to meditate on 13 of these scripture songs that have been the most used throughout church history. So few of them find voice in the praises of the evangelical church (it is slightly a different case in the more liturgical traditions) and most of its musicians are largely unaware of their presence. They have so much to teach us about God and worship and we though it was important for the churches musicians to have an opportunity to engage with these songs.

These canticles are a brilliant array of the various ways of writing from scripture. Some of them are word for word renditions, others pursuing something akin to dynamic equivalence, many offer a paraphrase, and a couple provide reflections from this side of the cross.

All in all they will be a huge blessing to the church as we seek to sing God's songs back to Him.

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released December 5, 2013

Our thanks to all of the artists for donating their songs to this project. (c) for all songs resides with the individual artists.
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Produced by Bruce Benedict for Cardiphonia
Art and Design by Erik Newby | www.eriknewby.com
Mastered by Levi Seitz | www.blackbeltmastering.com
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