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Take My Heart

Author: Anon. Appears in 208 hymnals First Line: Take my heart, O Father, take it! Lyrics: 1 Take my heart, O Father, take it! Make ... and break it, This proud heart of sin and stone. 2 ... Topics: Call Accepted; Invitation and Repentance Call Accepted Used With Tune: MOUNT VERNON

Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart

Author: George Croly Meter: Appears in 298 hymnals Lyrics: ... of God, descend upon my heart; wean it from earth, through ... ? All, all thine own, soul, heart, and strength and mind. I ... the cross - there teach my heart to cling: O let me ... heav'n-descended Dove, my heart an altar, and thy love ... Topics: Heart Surrendered Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:5 Used With Tune: MORECAMBE

Create in Me a Clean Heart

Meter: Irregular Appears in 27 hymnals First Line: Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right spirit within me


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Composer: Luther B. Bridgers Meter: with refrain Appears in 63 hymnals Tune Key: A Flat Major Incipit: 33234 33267 12254 Used With Text: There's Within My Heart a Melody


Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827; Edward Hodges, 1796-1867 Meter: D Appears in 253 hymnals Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 33455 43211 23322 Used With Text: Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven


Composer: Jack Schrader, b. 1942 Meter: Appears in 183 hymnals Tune Sources: Irish meldoy Tune Key: E Flat Major Incipit: 11216 56112 32222 Used With Text: Be Thou My Vision


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Oh, for a Heart Whiter than Snow

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt Hymnal: Timeless Truths #755 Meter: with refrain First Line: Oh, for a heart that is whiter than snow Refrain First Line: Oh, for a heart whiter than snow! Lyrics: ... tide. Refrain: Oh, for a heart whiter than snow! Savior divine ... so, Give me a heart that is whiter than snow ... ! 2 Oh, for a heart that is whiter than snow ... [Refrain] 3 Oh, for a heart that is whiter than snow ... [Refrain] 4 Oh, for a heart that is whiter than snow ... Scripture: Psalm 51:7 Tune Title: [Oh, for a heart that is whiter than snow]

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Author: Barney E. Warren Hymnal: Timeless Truths #937 Meter: First Line: Let not your weary heart be troubled Lyrics: 1 Let not your weary heart be troubled, Believe in God, ... thee. Refrain: Let not your heart be troubled, Let not your ... troubled; Let not your heart be troubled, Nor let it ... Scripture: John 14:1 Tune Title: [Let not your weary heart be troubled]

Give Me Thy Heart

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt, 1851-1920 Hymnal: Trinity Hymnal #723 (1961) First Line: "Give me thy heart," says the Father above Refrain First Line: “Give me thy heart, give me thy heart Lyrics: ... me thy heart." Refrain: "Give me thy heart, Give me ... thy heart," Hear the soft ... Give me thy heart." 2 "Give me thy heart," says the ... succor thee? give me thy heart." [Refrain] 3 "Give ... me thy heart," says the Spirit Divine, ... Topics: Heart Surrendered Scripture: Proverbs 23:26 Languages: English Tune Title: ["Give me thy heart," says the Father above]


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Joseph Barnby

1838 - 1896 Composer of "ST. ANDREW (Barnby)" in The Cyber Hymnal Barnby was a composer, conductor and (like his father Thomas Barnby) an organist. He entered the choir of York Minster at age seven, and was an organist and choirmaster at twelve. In 1854 he went to London and entered the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied under Cipriani Potter and Charles Lucas. In 1856, he competed for the first Mendelssohn Scholarship. When the examinations were over, of the nineteen applicants, he was tied for first place with Arthur Sullivan. After a second test, Sullivan won. Barnby was organist at Mitcham, St. Michael’s, Queenhithe, and St. James’ the Less, Westminster, before he was appointed to St. Andrew’s, Wells Street, where he remained from 1863 to 1871, establishing the musical reputation of the services. From 1871 to 1886 he was organist of St. Anne’s, Soho, where he instituted the annual performances of Bach’s Passion Music according to St. John, with orchestral accompaniment. In 1867, Messrs. Novello, to whom he had been musical adviser since 1861, established Barnby’s Choir, which gave oratorio concerts from 1869 to 1872, when it was amalgamated with the choir formed and conducted by M. Gounod at the Royal Albert Hall, under the title of the Royal Albert Hall Choral Society (now the Royal Choral Society). The same publishing firm also gave daily concerts in the Albert Hall, 1874-75, which Barnby orchestrated. Barnby conducted the St. Matthew Passion in Westminster Abbey in 1871. He was appointed precentor of Eton in 1875, a post he kept until 1892, when he succeeded Thomas Weist-Hill as principal of the Guildhall School of Music. In 1878, Barnby married Edith Mary Silverthorne. Also that year, he helped found the London Musical Society, becoming its first director and conductor. Under his baton, the Society produced Dvorak’s Stabat Mater for the first time in England. In 1884, Barnby conducted the first performance in England of Wagner’s Parsifal as a concert in the Albert Hall. From 1886-8 he conducted rehearsals and concerts of the Royal Academy of Music, of which he was a fellow. Barnby was knighted in 1892, and in the same year conducted the Cardiff Festival. He conducted the festival again in 1895. Barnby’s compositions include an oratorio (Rebekah, 1870), a psalm (The Lord Is King, Leeds Festival, 1893), an enormous number of services and anthems, part songs and vocal solo, trios, etc. He also wrote a series of Eton Songs, 246 hymn tunes (published in one volume in 1897), and edited five hymnals, the most important of which was The Hymnary (1872). Biography courtesy of Thomas and Mary Barnby Hodges, © The Cyber Hymnal™ (

Johann Sebastian Bach

1685 - 1750 Person Name: Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750 Harmonizer of "EISENACH" in Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New Johann Sebastian Bach was born at Eisenach into a musical family and in a town steeped in Reformation history, he received early musical training from his father and older brother, and elementary education in the classical school Luther had earlier attended. Throughout his life he made extraordinary efforts to learn from other musicians. At 15 he walked to Lüneburg to work as a chorister and study at the convent school of St. Michael. From there he walked 30 miles to Hamburg to hear Johann Reinken, and 60 miles to Celle to become familiar with French composition and performance traditions. Once he obtained a month's leave from his job to hear Buxtehude, but stayed nearly four months. He arranged compositions from Vivaldi and other Italian masters. His own compositions spanned almost every musical form then known (Opera was the notable exception). In his own time, Bach was highly regarded as organist and teacher, his compositions being circulated as models of contrapuntal technique. Four of his children achieved careers as composers; Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Chopin are only a few of the best known of the musicians that confessed a major debt to Bach's work in their own musical development. Mendelssohn began re-introducing Bach's music into the concert repertoire, where it has come to attract admiration and even veneration for its own sake. After 20 years of successful work in several posts, Bach became cantor of the Thomas-schule in Leipzig, and remained there for the remaining 27 years of his life, concentrating on church music for the Lutheran service: over 200 cantatas, four passion settings, a Mass, and hundreds of chorale settings, harmonizations, preludes, and arrangements. He edited the tunes for Schemelli's Musicalisches Gesangbuch, contributing 16 original tunes. His choral harmonizations remain a staple for studies of composition and harmony. Additional melodies from his works have been adapted as hymn tunes. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Michael Perry

1942 - 1996 Person Name: Michael A Perry Author of "We Lift Our Hearts Up to the Lord" in Scripture Song Database


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52 Hymns of the Heart

Publication Date: 1885 Publisher: John J. Hood Publication Place: Philadelphia Editors: C. C. McCabe; John J. Hood
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Lift Up Your Hearts

Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: Faith Alive Christian Resouces Publication Place: Grand Rapids, Mich. Editors: Joyce Borger; Martin Tel; John D. Witvliet

Small Church Music

Editors: Carl Olof Rosenius Description: The SmallChurchMusic site was commenced in 2006 grew 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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