Hymns of Faith

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  • Reprint of the original "Lyra Fidelium" by Samuel Stone reformatted with a new introduction and additional articles. Great resource for studying songwriting from scripture.

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None else but Thee, for evermore, One, All, we dread, believe, adore : Great Earth and Heaven shall have their day And worn and old shall pass away, But Thou remainest, on Thy throne Eternal, changeless, and alone ! None else we praise ! in every form, In peace of calm and power of storm, In simple flower and mystic star, In all around and all afar, In Grandeur, Beauty, Truth, but Thee None else we hear, None else we see. None else we love ! for sweeter grace That made anew a ruined race : The heirs of life, the lords of death, With earliest voice and latest breath, When days begin, when days are done, Bless we the Father for the Son ! None else we trust! our flesh may fail, Our heart may sink when foes assail, But Thou art Strength to be our stay, And Glory not to pass away : None else in life and death have we, But we have all in all with Thee! Yea, None but Thee all worlds confess, And those redeemed ones numberless : None else, from everlasting One, And evermore beside Thee none. Of all that is, has been, shall be, Father of Life, None else but Thee!
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God the Father's only Son, Yet with Him in glory One, One in wisdom, One in might, Absolute and Infinite: Jesus, I believe in Thee, Thou art Lord and God to me. (2x) Preacher of eternal peace, The Anointed to release, Unto sinners chained before Setting wide the dungeon door: Jesus, I believe in Thee, Christ the prophet sent to me. (2x) Jesus, I believe in Thee, Thou art Lord and God to me. (2x)
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The Son forsook the Father's home For mercy to lost man, And did not scorn the Virgin's womb To bear the sinner's ban. Meekly the Maiden pure believed The great Archangel's word, And by the Holy Ghost conceived The Saviour Christ the Lord. The Word made flesh creation sees, Its mighty God in Man : Great mystery of mysteries Since ever time began ! That we might gain a second birth The Holy Son was given : T'was God Himself came down to earth To win us back to heaven. Lord ! we believe with love and praise This wondrous truth of Thee : Thereby in all our troubled days How strong henceforth are we ! So near art Thou, so strong are we, For now, if we are Thine, Our Brother in humanity, Thou makest us divine ! We see with peace in times of fear Serene Thy human Form ; Thy human Voice with joy we hear, Sweet-toned above the storm. So dread we not the deathly strife, Knowing that Thou hast died : It can but bear us into life, Since nearer to Thy side !
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My Savior, I behold Thy life I watch the smile fade to tears; I mark the spiritual strife, Thy human woes, Thy human fears V2 I watch the agonizing hour, I see Thee by Thine own betrayed, Alone in Pilate’s power, Scourged and scornfully arrayed, CHORUS Was ever grief like Thine, Or debt of sin so vast as mine? Because You lived and died We can be purified V3 I see Thee fainting on Thy way, Reviled and mocked of all the throng, That sin in every taunt they say The sharpness of Thy crown of thorn: CHORUS Was ever grief like Thine, Or debt of sin so vast as mine? Because You lived and died We can be purified V5 My Savior, I behold Thy death, I hear Thy cries, Thy plea of love I hear the victory cries beneath, And see the heavens dark above CHORUS Was ever grief like Thine, Or debt of sin so vast as mine? Because You lived and died We can be purified V6 My Savior, I behold Thy grave In that still garden’s awful gloom, I see Thee lying there to save My soul from an eternal tomb
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MY Saviour ! I behold Thy life Of not one smile and many tears ; I mark the spiritual strife, Thy human woes, Thy human fears, And I cry, " Was ever grief like Thine, Or debt of sin so vast as mine. And I cry, " Was ever grief like Thine, Or debt of sin so vast as mine. I see Thee fainting on Thy way, Reviled and mocked of all the throng, I hear the bitter words they say, The abject's sneer, the drunkard's song, And I cry, ' Was ever grief like Thine, Or debt of sin so vast as mine?' And I cry, ' Was ever grief like Thine, Or debt of sin so vast as mine?' My Saviour, I behold Thy grave In that still garden's awful gloom, I see Thee lying there to save My soul from an eternal tomb, And I cry, ' Was ever grief like Thine, Or debt of sin so vast as mine?' And I cry, ' Was ever grief like Thine, Or debt of sin so vast as mine?'
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All the sacrifice is ended, Breathed His Body's latest breath, And His human Soul hath wended Where the weary rest beneath ; Christ as Man hath comprehended All the human law of death ! Yet not there His Soul remaineth Nor His Body in the tomb : Lo ! what sudden glory gaineth Quick dominion o'er the gloom ! Yea, o'er Death and Hell He reigneth Bursting back the gates of doom ! Manifold the attestation : Brethren tell the marvel o'er, And the soldiers from their station, And the Angels at the door, And His Own Word's revelation, " Lo ! I live for evermore." Hail, thou Morn of Resurrection, Primal holy Easter Day ! Now the hours of deep dejection 'Neath the night-clouds' dark array, Foes' reviling, friends' defection, In thy glory pass away ! Now He lives and reigns for ever! That we too may enter in Where eternal life shall never Taste of sorrow or of sin, Where from Him no death shall sever Those He vanquished death to win. Saviour ! in our night of weeping Tell us of the joyful morn, Guard our souls, their vigil keeping In the hours of hate and scorn : Raise us falling, wake us sleeping, Till our Easter Day be born.
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1. For every soul in every need He ever lives to intercede Presenting there within the veil A sacrifice that cannot fail 2. Our heav'nly great High Priest He stands By pierced feet and pierced hands By bleeding brow and wounded side He lives to plead for whom He died 3. Whom have we, Lord, in heaven, but Thee Like ships, safe moored on stormy sea Our souls in peril, with Thee there Find anchorage of hope and prayer 4. Set loose from earth and evermore Fast bound to that eternal shore So all our life and love shall be Ascended Master, hid with Thee!
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Wistful are our waiting eyes, As of them who saw Him rise From that mountain to the skies. Then the holy Angels near Gave them tidings of good cheer: "Jesus shall again appear." And we wait an Angel's cry, Piercing earthward from the sky: "Now, behold, your Lord is nigh !" Yet, who shall abide that day, When the Judge with dread array Comes for universal sway Dreadly shall His summons sweep, Heard by those who wake or sleep, On the height or in the deep : Heard by Life 'mid all its bloom, Heard by Death in every tomb— Terrible decree of doom. As the fisher parts his prey, Casting these from those away, So it shall be on that day. For the gathered souls who stand, Waiting that supreme command, He shall part on either hand. To those souls of quick and dead, "Come," shall be the blessing said, "Go," shall be the cursing dread. Lord, dwell in us now, we pray, That, in the dividing day, We be not the cast away ! So shall we till Thou appear Blend, in longing eye and ear, Holy joy with holy fear ! Amen.
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Holy fount of inspiration By whose gift the great of old Spoke the word of revelation Marvelous and manifold Chorus: God the Spirit we adore Thee, In the Triune Godhead One One in love and power and glory With the Father and the Son Author of the new creation, Giver of the second birth May thy ceaseless renovation Cleanse our souls from stains of earth Chorus: When we wander Lord direct us, Keep us in the Master’s way Let they strong swift sword protect us Warring in the evil day Shall the church now faint or fear When the Comforter is near Chorus:
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1. The church's one foundation Is Jesus Christ her Lord, She is His new creation By water and the Word. From heaven He came and sought her To be His holy bride; With His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died. 2. Elect from every nation, Yet one over all the earth; Her charter of salvation, One Lord, one faith, one birth; One holy Name she blesses, Partakes one holy food, And to one hope she presses, With every grace endued. 4. The church shall never perish, Her dear Lord to defend To guide, sustain and cherish, Is with her to the end Though there be those that hate her, And false sons in her pale Against a foe or traitor, She ever shall prevail 5. Mid toil and tribulation, And tumult of her war, She waits the consummation Of peace forevermore; 'Til, with the vision glorious, Her longing eyes are blessed, And the great church victorious Shall be the church at rest. 6. Yet she on earth hath union With God the Three in One, And mystic sweet communion With those whose rest is won. O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we Like them, the meek and lowly, On high may dwell with Thee.
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Weary of earth and laden with my sin, I look at Heav’n and long to enter in, But there no evil thing may find a home, And yet I hear a Voice that bids me " Come." So vile am I, how dare I hope to stand, In the pure glory of that Holy Land Before the whiteness of that Throne appear, Yet there are Hands stretched out to draw me near. Though while I fain would tread the Heav’nly Way, Seems evil ever with me day by day; Yet on mine ears the gracious tidings fall, "Repent, confess, and thou art loosed from all." Chorus: It is the voice of, It is the voice of Jesus that I hear! His are the Hands stretched, His are the Hands stretched out to draw me near, And His the Blood that, And His the Blood that can for all atone, And make me faultless there before the throne. 'Twas He Who found me on the deathly wild, And made me heir of Heav’n, the Father's child, And day by day, whereby my soul will live, Giveth His grace of pardon, and will give. O great Absolver! grant my soul to wear, The lowliest garb of penitence and prayer, That in the Father's courts my glorious dress, May be the garment of Thy righteousness. (Chorus) Yea, Thou wil speak for me, O Righteous Lord! All merits Thine, but mine the great reward; Thine the sharp thorns, and mine the golden crown, Mine the life won and Thine the life laid down! Nought can I bring, dear Lord, for all I owe, Yet let my full heart, what it can, bestow; Like that sweet nard, let my devotion prove, Greatly forgiven, how I greatly love. (Chorus)
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Weary of earth and laden with my sin, I look at Heaven and I long to enter in, But there no evil thing may find a home— And yet I hear a Voice that bids me " Come," Bids me "Come" So vile I am, how dare I hope to stand In the pure glory of that Holy Land Before the whiteness of that Throne appear Yet there are Hands stretched out to draw me near. Draw me near, draw me near. The while I fain would tread the Heavenly Way, Seems evil ever with me day by day ; Yet on mine ears the gracious tidings fall, "Repent, confess, and thou art loosed from all, Loosed from all, loosed from all." Bridge: So vile I am, so vile I am, so vile I am, how dare I hope to stand In the pure glory of that Holy Land Yet on my ears the gracious tidings fall Repent confess and thou art loosed from all, loosed from all
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Winter in his heart of gloom
 Sings the song of coming bloom;
 So o’er death our souls shall sing
 Lays of the eternal spring 
Then decay shall be no more
 And, the weary seed-time o’er,
 All the dead in Christ shall rise
 For the Harvest of the skies (Chorus) Then there shall be, there shall be
 Then there shall be, there shall be
 Then there shall be sorrow no more, no more We from earth to heaven shall soar 
In that flesh which once we wore, 
Deathless now and glorified 
Like our Lord and at His side 
This is life’s eternal Spring
 This the coming joy we sing
 Look we ever toward that Day 
Be it near or far away
 (Chorus) Mid the sorrow and the strife
 Tis the music of our life,
 And our song has this refrain, 
Our Redeemer comes again 
Our Redeemer comes
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The world is sad with hopes that die, With joys that gleam and then go by, And dim the mortal eyes that gaze On setting suns of parting days. Chorus: Better the hope, the joy, the light For spiritual heart and sight! Better the hope, the joy, the light For those whose life is hid on high Shall never part and never die. They never part! that saintly band, Heirs of the heavenly, holy land ; Whom God the Spirit hath made one With GOD the Father and the Son. Chorus They never die! the deathly strife But ushers them to glorious life: From their last enemy they gain Their birth to bliss, their end to pain. Chorus Bridge: Jesus, teach our hearts to soar And grasp those things which are before, Father, teach … Spirit, teach … That after death our life may be Immortality with Thee!

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'Hymns of Faith - Songs for the Apostles Creed' is a concept album for the church. It is based in a collection of hymns written on the 12 articles of the apostles creed by Samuel J. Stone in 1866.

It was initially conceived as a sort of "flashmob" project for a loose collection of songwriters for the church.

the challenge…two weeks to write and record music to one of a collection of hymns written on the articles of the apostles creed. Hymns both arcane and beautiful in their meditation on the tenets of the Christian faith. (We thank Brian Moss for getting us started here!)

'Lyra Fidelium - 12 Hymns on the Apostles Creed' was published in 1866 by Samuel Stone as a devotional exercise to encourage the working poor in his English congregation. Building off of their weekly repetition of the Apostles Creed in worship he hoped to excite a greater interest in the expanse of biblical teaching grounded in each article.

This has been a challenging and stretching, a 'formative' exercise for us and we hope that listening to them will be both a comfort and deepening for you and your faith in our great triune God.

We give this as a gift to the church in celebration of both 'Reformation' and 'All Saints' Sundays. We ask that you would 'pass it on' and give a gift to the persecuted church via 'The Voice of the Martyrs'. www.persecution.com
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cardiphonia.org/2010/10/28/hymns-of-faith-songs-for-the-apostles-creed/

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released October 31, 2010

produced by Cardiphonia (www.cardiphonia.org) and the Liturgy Fellowship.
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Samuel J. Stone, "Lyra Fidelium - 12 Hymns for the 12 articles of the Apostles Creed," 1866
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Many: many, many thanks to all of these musicians for giving their time and talent to this endeavor.
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cover image: Kyle Ragsdale
design: Ladye Jane Vickers
images: Bradley Lewis

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