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Again We Keep This Solemn Fast

Author: Gregory the Great, c. 540-604; Peter J. Scagnelli, b. 1949 Meter: Appears in 17 hymnals Lyrics: we keep this solemn fast A gift of faith ... Topics: Fasting Scripture: Joel 2:12-18 Used With Tune: OLD HUNDREDTH

Abide With Me

Author: Henry F. Lyte Meter: Appears in 1,609 hymnals First Line: Abide with me: fast falls the eventide Lyrics: 1 Abide with me; fast falls the eventide. The darkness ... Topics: Walking with God Prayer and Devotion Used With Tune: EVENTIDE

Hymn for Those Who Fast

Author: R. Martin Pope; Aurelius Clemens Prudentius Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: O Jesus, Light of Bethlehem Lyrics: ... our frugal board; Accept our fast, our sacrifice, And smile upon ... disturb The peace attained by fast and prayer. Moses, through ... All human weakness overthrown By fasting's power, His mortal frame ... Crushed out by soul-restoring fast Vanish the sins that rankly ...


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Composer: Thomas Campbell Meter: with refrain Appears in 119 hymnals Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 11235 46721 34275 Used With Text: And Can It Be

[Abide with me, fast falls the eventide]

Composer: William H. Monk Appears in 801 hymnals Incipit: 33215 65543 34565 Used With Text: 與我同住 (Abide with me)
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[My latest sun is sinking fast]

Composer: Rev. J. Haskell Appears in 48 hymnals Incipit: 55555 61165 13215 Used With Text: Angel Band


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Hold Fast

Author: B. E. W. Hymnal: Timeless Truths #1094 Meter: First Line: Hold fast to the Savior, He loves you still Refrain First Line: Hold fast, hold fast Lyrics: ... promise He will fulfill; Hold fast, ever trusting you shall ... Word believe. Refrain: Hold fast, hold fast, Hold to the Savior, ... all in all; Hold fast, hold fast, Hold fast to the promise, you ... strife. [Refrain] 3 Hold fast, never doubting, withstand the foe ... Topics: Steadfastness Scripture: Hebrews 3:6 Tune Title: [Hold fast to the Savior, He loves you still]
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Stand Fast

Author: H. L. Hymnal: Gospel Gems Number 1 #51 (1914) First Line: Stand fast in the Lord and the power of His might Refrain First Line: Stand fast until the last Lyrics: ... of His might, Stand fast, stand fast! Stand fast in the Lord and ... raging, Stand fast in the Lord, stand fast! Refrain: Stand fast until the ... of His might, Stand fast, stand fast! Press on, as He ... of His might, Stand fast, stand fast! Beneath cloudless sky or ... Languages: English Tune Title: [Stand fast in the Lord and the power of His might]

Hold Fast to Jesus

Author: A. H. A. Hymnal: Hymns for Praise and Service #212 (1956) Lyrics: Hold fast to Jesus, Cling to ... Topics: Jesus Christ Languages: English Tune Title: [Hold fast to Jesus]


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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

1809 - 1847 Person Name: Mendelssohn Composer of "[Abide with me! Fast falls the eventide]" in The Highway and the Way, or Burning Bush Songs No. 3 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (b. Hamburg, Germany, 1809; d. Leipzig, Germany, 1847) was the son of banker Abraham Mendelssohn and the grandson of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. His Jewish family became Christian and took the Bartholdy name (name of the estate of Mendelssohn's uncle) when baptized into the Lutheran church. The children all received an excellent musical education. Mendelssohn had his first public performance at the age of nine and by the age of sixteen had written several symphonies. Profoundly influenced by J. S. Bach's music, he conducted a performance of the St. Matthew Passion in 1829 (at age 20!) – the first performance since Bach's death, thus reintroducing Bach to the world. Mendelssohn organized the Domchor in Berlin and founded the Leipzig Conservatory of Music in 1843. Traveling widely, he not only became familiar with various styles of music but also became well known himself in countries other than Germany, especially in England. He left a rich treasury of music: organ and piano works, overtures and incidental music, oratorios (including St. Paul or Elijah and choral works, and symphonies. He harmonized a number of hymn tunes himself, but hymnbook editors also arranged some of his other tunes into hymn tunes. Bert Polman

John Goss

1800 - 1880 Person Name: J. Goss Composer of "[Abide with me: fast falls the eventide]" in The Westminster Abbey Hymn-Book John Goss (b. Fareham, Hampshire, England, 1800; d. London, England, 1880). As a boy Goss was a chorister at the Chapel Royal and later sang in the opera chorus of the Covent Garden Theater. He was a professor of music at the Royal Academy of Music (1827-1874) and organist of St. Paul Cathedral, London (1838-1872); in both positions he exerted significant influence on the reform of British cathedral music. Goss published Parochial Psalmody (1826) and Chants, Ancient and Modern (1841); he edited William Mercer's Church Psalter and Hymn Book (1854). With James Turle he published a two-volume collection of anthems and Anglican service music (1854). Bert Polman

John Bacchus Dykes

1823 - 1876 Person Name: John B. Dykes Composer of "ALFORD" in Worship and Song. (Rev. ed.) As a young child John Bacchus Dykes (b. Kingston-upon-Hull' England, 1823; d. Ticehurst, Sussex, England, 1876) took violin and piano lessons. At the age of ten he became the organist of St. John's in Hull, where his grandfather was vicar. After receiving a classics degree from St. Catherine College, Cambridge, England, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1847. In 1849 he became the precentor and choir director at Durham Cathedral, where he introduced reforms in the choir by insisting on consistent attendance, increasing rehearsals, and initiating music festivals. He served the parish of St. Oswald in Durham from 1862 until the year of his death. To the chagrin of his bishop, Dykes favored the high church practices associated with the Oxford Movement (choir robes, incense, and the like). A number of his three hundred hymn tunes are still respected as durable examples of Victorian hymnody. Most of his tunes were first published in Chope's Congregational Hymn and Tune Book (1857) and in early editions of the famous British hymnal, Hymns Ancient and Modern. Bert Polman


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Hymns Suited to the Feasts and Fasts of the Church ...

Publication Date: 1786 Publisher: Hall & Sellers Publication Place: Philadelphia Editors: Hall & Sellers

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary

Publication Date: 2007 Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Small Church Music

Editors: Bessie Porter Head Description: The SmallChurchMusic site was launched in 2006, growing out of the requests from those struggling to provide suitable music for their services and meetings. Rev. Clyde McLennan was ordained in mid 1960’s and was a pastor in many small Australian country areas, and therefore was acutely aware of this music problem. Having also been trained as a Pipe Organist, recordings on site (which are a subset of the site) are all actually played by Clyde, and also include piano and piano with organ versions. All recordings are in MP3 format. Churches all around the world use the recordings, with downloads averaging over 60,000 per month. The recordings normally have an introduction, several verses and a slowdown on the last verse. Users are encouraged to use software: Audacity ( or Song Surgeon ( (see for more information) to adjust the MP3 number of verses, tempo and pitch to suit their local needs. Copyright notice: Rev. Clyde McLennan, performer in this collection, has assigned his performer rights in this collection to Non-commercial use of these recordings is permitted. For permission to use them for any other purposes, please contact Home/Music( List SongsAlphabetically List Songsby Meter List Songs byTune Name About  


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