Archive for the ‘The Hymnary of The United Church of Canada (1930)’ Tag

From Ocean Unto Ocean   1 comment

Canada and Newfoundland 1945

Above:  Canada and Newfoundland, 1945

Image Source = Hammond’s New Era Atlas of the World (1945)

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = The Hymnary of The United Church of Canada (1930)

Text (1880) by Robert Murray (1832-1910)


1.  From ocean unto ocean

Our land shall own Thee, Lord,

And, filled with true devotion,

Obey Thy sovereign word;

Our prairies and our mountains,

Forest and fertile field,

Our rivers, lakes, and fountains

To Thee shall tribute yield.

2.  O Christ, for Thine own glory,

And for our country’s weal,

We humbly plead before Thee,

Thyself in us reveal;

And may we know, Lord Jesus,

The touch of Thy dear hand,

And, healed of our diseases,

The tempter’s power withstand.

3.  Where error smites with blindness,

Enslaves and leads astray,

Do Thou in loving-kindness

Proclaim Thy gospel day,

Till all the tribes and races

That dwell in this fair land,

Adorned with Christian graces,

Within Thy courts shall stand.

4.  Our Saviour King, defend us,

And guide where we should go,

Forth with Thy message send us,

Thy love and light to show,

Till, fired with true devotion

Enkindled by Thy word,

From ocean unto ocean,

Our land shall own Thee, Lord.

Our Loved Dominion Bless   1 comment

Flag of Canada 1868-1921

Above:  Flag of Canada, 1868-1921

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnary of The United Church of Canada (1930)

Text by Robert Murray (1832-1910)

A verse of “God Save Our Gracious King/Queen” in Canada


Our beloved Dominion bless

With peace and happiness

From shore to shore;

And let our Empire be

United, loyal, free

True to herself and Thee

For evermore.

Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies, by Charles Wesley   1 comment


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Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Hymn Source = The Hymnary of The United Church of Canada (1930)

1.  Christ, whose glory fills the skies,

Christ, the true, the only Light,

Sun of Righteousness, arise,

Triumph o’er the shades of night.

Dayspring from on high be near;

Daystar, in my heart appear.

2.  Dark and cheerless is the morn

Unaccompanied by Thee;

Joyless is the day’s return,

Till Thy mercy’s beams I see,

Till they inward light impart,

Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

3.  Visit, then, this soul of mine;

Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;

Fill me, Radiancy divine;

Scatter all my unbelief;

More and more Thyself display,

Shining to the perfect day.

Be Thou My Vision   8 comments

Good Shepherd Mosaic at Ravenna, Italy

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A traditional Irish hymn:

1.  Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;

Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art,—

Thou my best thought, by day or by night,

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

2.  Be Thou my Wisdom, Thou my true Word;

I ever with Thee, Thou with me, Lord;

Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;

Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

3.  Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for the fight;

Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight,

Thou my soul’s shelter, Thou my high tower:

Raise Thou my heavenward, Power of my prayer.

4.  Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,

Thou mine inheritance, now and always;

Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,

High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

5.  High King of heaven, after victory won,

May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Hymn Source = The Hymnary of The United Church of Canada (1930)

Lord of All Being, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.   Leave a comment

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894)

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Hymn Source = The Hymnary of The United Church of Canada (1930)

1.  Lord of all being, throned afar,

Thy glory flames from sun and star;

Centre and soul of every sphere,

Yet to each loving heart now near.

2.  Sun of our life, Thy quickening ray

Sheds on our path, the glow of day;

Star of our hope, Thy softened light

Cheers the long watches of the night.

3.  Our midnight is Thy smile withdrawn;

Our noontide is Thy gracious dawn;

Our rainbow arch, Thy mercy’s sign;

All, save the clouds of sin, are Thine.

4.  Lord of all life, below, above,

Whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,

Before Thy ever blazing throne

We ask no lustre of our own.

5.  Grant us Thy truth to make us free,

And kindling hearts that burn for Thee,

Till all Thy living altars claim

One holy light, one heavenly flame.

O God of Love, O King of Peace   1 comment

Above:  The Peace Sign

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Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877), a priest of the Church of England, was chief editor of Hymns Ancient and Modern, as well as the author of many hymns.  My source for the following hymn by Baker is The Hymnary of The United Church of Canada (1930).


1. O God of love, O King of peace,

Make wars throughout the world to cease;

The wrath of sinful man restrain;

Give peace, O God, give peace again!

2.  Remember, Lord, Thy works of old,

The wonders that our fathers told;

Remember not our sin’s dark stain;

Give peace, O God, give peace again!

3.  Whom shall we trust but Thee, O Lord?

Where rest but on Thy faithful word?

None ever called on Thee in vain;

Give peace, O God, give peace again!

4. Where saints and angels dwell above,

All hearts are knit in holy love;

O bind us in that heavenly chain;

Give peace, O God, give peace again!