THE NEW ARK NEWS
HOW THE QUEEN MAY ABDICATE WITH HONOUR
Elizabeth my Queen,
Early in 1970, when I was a young man, active in Christian service, the Lord bestowed upon me a particular calling, to revise the Book of Common Prayer. Humbly and in faith I quietly committed myself to this task in obedience to God, forsaking the natural and healthy issue which any young person would desire, in the pursuit of happiness.
Such a calling could not have been conceived without the power of the Holy Spirit, and it is in his strength and inspiration that I continue to act in faith and humility, addressing this first issue to your Majesty, and before the face of all people. These findings go far beyond their original parameters and month by month I will detail in their completeness.
' Ma'am,' as the Supreme Head of the Church of England, to which it owes so much in identity to the Book of Common Prayer, it is my joy and duty to help safeguard that tradition, and, to see Thee, happily retire, with honour, from your long reign of devotion to service before God and nations, and as Thy most obedient servant help '' Prepare for Continuity,'' of thy Succession.
Your Majesty, I am, your most obedient servant,
Thomas Faithful Darwood Esq.
WHY IT IS TIME FOR THE HEIR TO SUCCEED
Your Royal Highness,
Last June 1999, I became a member of the Prayer Book Society. And having attended their Annual Conference, and in access of their various publications, became mindful of the dedication of the Society towards keeping the Book of Common Prayer practised and accessible to the communicants of the Church of England.
The contributors to their splendid quarterly magazine are learned and enlightened in their articles drawing upon the rich heritage of the Prayer Book. Such a legacy as this, now enjoys your Royal patronage, and as a member of the Society, marks your support with joy and gladness for the sake of those whom have laboured faithfully over a long period of time against manifold oppositions.
I, am a figure of solitary fashion, but with the conviction of a personal calling to which I must remain true, and in this endeavour maintain the common good and contribute humbly towards a passage which will enable the human soul to link up with the Divine through the precious medium of language, which I believe can now be discharged from a new perspective, which will neither forsake past traditions or mimic them.
Such a new vision will I trust also serve a society and Church filled with energy and humanity. The Prayer Book secured that link from the human to the Divine, and the Dual Liturgy I believe can achieve the same success as its great predecessor, to which Sir I trust, will serve and herald your long awaited succession to the Throne.
Your Royal Highness, I am, your most obedient servant,
Thomas Faithful Darwood Esq.
HOW A HAPPY ISSUE MAY DELIGHT US ALL
By tradition one must accept with dignity, till Thou hast gone the way of all the earth, before any new monarch may so become. Yet I believe this may not be so, that for so happy an issue, that I ( and dare I say many more) would equally believe that it is both possible and right for the Heir to become monarch beholden of thine eyes and delight. What is lacking at present is a cogent agenda by which such a happy occasion may be safely brought to pass.
Soon, the nation will mark your 100th birthday will much joy and celebration, and many hearts shall not give way to natures changing course untrimmed, such is the affection on thee beholden. Yet Ma'am, dare I detect some present sadness which bestrides the Royal Family, of which so many in the land have first hand experience of. May God grant me grace and strength, that through this website I may labour and be instrumental in presenting that cogent agenda which will enable such a happy issue prevail against all our afflictions.
Your Majesty, I am your most obedient servant,
Thomas Faithful Darwood Esq.
HOW THE ARCHBISHOP MAY BECOME THE NEXT POPE
Such a title would strike with fear and bemusement with or without a cogent and convincing substantiation of such a bold claim. Yet I believe when this series of articles are complete, it will be possible to vouchsafe such an ideal.
Not so long ago, you asked for from the Liturgical Commission, to bind the Liturgy with brevity, poetry and theatrical passion. Thirty years ago, the Holy Spirit came upon me and led me into a long and painful period of solitude to undertake this very task of revising the incomparable Book of Common Prayer. But I am humble and obedient before God, and acting upon faith, as I do now, against Divine revealing, has led to a passage which has broadened and deepened to such a degree, that in these past thirty years, I have laboured both as a carpenter and joiner during the day, and at night constructed an Tuition Course and The Millennium Passion, in order to expiate these findings, which I believe will satisfy the above ideal.
Your Grace, when these series of articles are understood it will be possible for
you to undertake three objectives:
1. To advise Her Majesty that to '' Prepare for Continuity '' is both right and honourable.
2. To superintend the unity of the whole Church, without any Denomination losing identity.
3. To apply for the Papacy of Rome without compromising the Protestant faith.
Your Grace, I am yours in Christ's freedom and service,
Thomas Faithful Darwood Esq.
HOW THE NEXT POPE MAY REMAIN CATHOLIC
Humanity and Christendom has much to be thankful for as regards safe custody of the Christian Gospel once held at thy behest. Firm was the hand that borrowed from God's grace, and strong the will to impart its creed. Yet over a billion souls who fain would serve and follow Thee, are still without the basic effects of the humblest home in Western Christendom.
Your Grace, when I was five years old, I hungered for the forlorn plight of the poor and wanted to help them. Beyond by grasp and reach they lie from my desire to help and protect them, this to my loathing. But no longer, for fain I would rise to serve and follow that Great Shepherd of the Fold, whose hand will unfold in these series of articles to display his divine intervention to reinstate all the chief criteria of the Eden of Genesis and found our modern Western Civilisation, in one cogent, complete and comprehensible course of action which is expiated in the Tuition Course and The Millennium Passion Play which I have crafted, and will present in these articles.
From them, shall come forth that grasp and reach which shall so serve to those whom hunger and thirst after righteousness, whereby all other comforts of this world will be given, good measure pressed down and shaken verily. To put it plainly, it is Western Civilisation that has fed the mouths of the poor and cultivated her aspirations. But this greatest of all civilisations came into being by breaking from the yoke of Rome at the Reformation and together with the great minds of the Enlightenment forged this new civilisation of which we now all enjoy. This new creation with it brought the Protestant faith. The Almighty, having conducted this course of action has withdrawn his hand, and commends us to regenerate that course of action. This in effect means we are now all catholic, but not necessarily Catholics. Those whom only stood and watched, can now also serve.
Your Grace, I am with you in Christ's freedom and service,
Thomas Faithful Darwood Esq.
MANKIND MUST COME OF AGE AND BUILD A CIVILISATION FOR THE POOR
Dear Prime Minister,
I write to you and Parliament openly and sincerely, to present a case for the Liturgy of the Church of England to become an indigenous one, which will service and call in participation of all the Denominations, and create the unification of the entire Fold. This in effect will be the spiritual equivalent of taxation by representation, and enable representatives from all the Denominations to become members of the Upper House to which your government is showing such earnest efforts to enable a greater representation of society to be part of. This I believe can be the church's contribution towards a balance of active wisdom in the Second Chamber.
In this series of articles, I hope to outline the criteria’s and benefits which can be afforded by such a measure, and its relevance in reawakening the people of Great Britain, whom I believe have always accepted that there is a living God, but have lost that precious mode of transportation in the beautiful language of the Book of Common Prayer, which enabled the people to articulate their belief. I believe a '' Dual Liturgy '' will regain that vital umbilical cord between the human spirit and the Divine Lord. Furthermore, the presentation of this new prayer book, will also enable Her Majesty to happily retire from her long and fruitful service, (though like her mum, she will never really retire, bless them,) enable the Queen Mother to see her favoured Grandson, His Royal Highness succeed to the Throne. A Coronation and a new baby in your first incumbency!
But Sir, there is much more here than this even. My calling from God, thirty years ago to revise the Book of Common Prayer, in its findings, has led to a far more profound revelation, that the Almighty in the era of the Prayer Book has reinstated all the chief criteria’s of the Eden of Genesis expiated in the founding of Western Civilisation and of our modern Democracy and freedoms. Your child Sir, will be given all the love and care just and requisite for the healthy upbringing of its well-being, and we are all glad for you and your family. There are billions in the world to our shame, who cannot enjoy such a certainty of life expectancy. These findings Sir, will enable us all to understand that it is possible to build an entire Civilisation in those countries which are constantly beset by all manner of impropriety.
My proposal is simple. I beseech of you to set up a Global Institution for Humanity, with an initial fund of a billion pounds, calling upon all the wealthy and developed nations to do the same, create a task force represented by government, industry, science, education, charities, indeed all the institutions which service a free Democracy, to literally purchase any undeveloped nation on a thirty year lease, construct an entire civilisation, as we would recognise with all its infrastructure etc, and after a further period of five years make ready for the handover. This will enable all the investment needed to be regained, and an environment which can be part of the developed world for all time.
Sir, we all need a vision which can secure beyond our lifetime and the comforts of self interests. How else can humanity achieve immortality. This task Sir, I wish to apply for consideration.
Thomas Faithful Darwood Esq.
PSALM 103 - TWO ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS
Copyright T.F.Darwood.Esq.1999. Psalm 103 Corporate Version
1. Rejoice in the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me exalt his holy Name.
2. My soul shall rejoice in the Lord: and forget not all his benefits.
3. Whom forgives all thy sin: and restores thee to health.
4. Whom redeemeth thy life from destruction: and with mercy and kindness crowneth thee.
5. Who fills thy mouth with goodness; to thee give youth and renewal like the eagle.
6. The Lord worketh righteous judgment: for all whom are oppressed with wrong.
7. He unto Moses his mind declare: the favour of his works unto the children of Israel.
8. Full is the measure of his compassion of mercy and patience the Lord is plenteous.
9. Though correction may pass: his anger may not keep for ever.
10. He hath not pursued us after our sins; nor given what we deserve in regard to our iniquities.
11. To them that fear him upon the heaven's look: cast over earth the greatness of his mercies.
12. Our transgression he hath from us removed: as east is to the west, afar.
13. Unto them that fear the Lord he is merciful: as a father pities his children, yea even so is he.
14. Of our frame he knoweth well: we are as dust remembered.
15 .As a flower of the field a man shall so flourish: even though his days are as grass.
16. Thereof over goeth the wind and gone is its place: no more to be known.
17. Forever, shall the mercy of the Lord endure upon them that fear him: and his righteousness upon his children's children.
18. To them that keepeth his covenant: and set at even the fulfilment of his commandments.
19. The Lord hath established his seat in the heaven's: and his kingdom is sovereign over all.
20. Praise the Lord ye his angels, that tell of strength: fulfilling his commandments, give way to the voice of his words.
21. Praise the Lord; all ye whom serve to do his pleasure.
22 O magnify the Lord
Ye works that inhabit all his kingdom
Praise thou then O my soul
The Lord of hosts!
Copyright T.F.Darwood.Esq. 1999 Psalm 103 Personal Version.
1. I will be glad in the Lord: and in all that I am his precious Name rejoice.
2. In my soul shall I praise the Lord: and keep all his benefits fully remembered.
3. Whom forgives all mine offences: and restores all my failings.
4. Who rescued us from death: and with loving kindness bestow his tender mercies.
5. Who's goodness shall fill the mouth with satisfaction:
and give to renewal, the youth and strength of an eagle.
6. The Lord builds up justice: for them that are oppressed with wrong.
7. Or your ways you have made known to Moses your servant:
and acted in favour of the people of Israel.
8. How complete are your feelings for us: the reserves of your patience is endless.
9. though you correct me from time to time: your anger I know not when to fear.
10. Our sins from judgement you have spared us: and the consequence of error protected.
11. Set above the earth, are the heaven's filled with greatness'
towards them that fear him shall his mercy compare.
12. Far far away he has from us removed: as east is to the west, that far our transgression.
13. like a father that pities his children: so the Lord pities them that fear him.
14. He knows us plainly; we are as dust to his memory.
15. The days of man are as grass: in a field shall he flourish as a flower.
16. Passing over goes the wind: no more its place to be known.
17. But the mercy of the Lord is ever faithful to them that revere him.: and his righteousness upon his succession ever endure.
18. To those whom keep faith with his promise: and are mindful to obey his word.
19. The Lord having prepared his throne in heaven; by his kingdom rule over all.
20. You his angels whom gather in strength: that labour to his command, excel in praise of him, give way to the voice of his words.
21. Give praise to the Lord: you whom minister to please him.
22. All that are his handiwork
Give voice to the Lord throughout
All his kingdom
O magnify the Lord
In the praise of my soul !
THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER AND ITS NEW BIRTH
Regeneration preserves our finest traditions.
DEARLY beloved brethren...
The Authorized King James Bible, and the Book of Common Prayer, and the Hymn Books dwelt among the great and manifold blessings, which Almighty God bestowed upon us the people of England, which will always be a thing of beauty and a joy for ever.
That joy can be made manifest and prolonged in every generation from henceforth through regeneration, reflecting the very heart of the Gospel.
This may be expressed by analogy. One as a fine athlete, whom having won the chief prize, and set a glorious standard, now gives way graciously and begins a new career as tutor. Another may be perceived as grand parents, whom having sown the seed now prides itself in being part of a new birth, seeing its own resemblance and hope for continuity amid the new and vulnerable.
This pamphlet offers the concept of a Dual Liturgy, as a serviceable receptacle to the laudable work of the Prayer Book, and espy to its continuity in spirit. The Book of Common Prayer, its Two Great Companions and true legacy.
We whom cherish the Prayer Book, most probably grew up with it from childhood and have experienced something of an era which present generations would find difficult to understand, such as a time where deference was custom and tradition of every persuasion abounded.
The spirit of this wondrous book, held the religious consciousness of nearly four hundred years of an unbroken continuity, which culminated in the emergence of an entire civilisation, that of Western Europe, and within its fold of England and an empire unmatched in history.
There is no argument to oppose the truth, that just as we can listen to a piece of music by Bach or Mozart and at every occasion find something new to behold and therefore its continual use may be advocated. The language of the Prayer Book will always be beautiful, but how will it ever reciprocate its legacy and many companions. That is to say this, the real legacy of this great liturgy, looking back, perceived, it was part of a harmonious continuity which delivered in its wake, the birth of the many Denominations.
Both the founders of the Methodist Church and the Salvationists have obvious links with the Church of England, which was itself born to a great extent at the behest of its fine liturgy. Its language it seems, not only helped the shaping of the entire Church, but one which fed its way into the conscience of the nation, creating a major artery of grace, that impassioned form of prayer the hymn. Many of our finest hymns came from Anglican priests, who practiced the form of the written prayer. This embryo developed into the devotional poetic verse, which later gave birth to the many hymns that we all love. The great power house which influenced this legacy was that Prayer Book.
Were a new liturgy to be born from the embers of such a legacy, if it is to hold any real integrity, it must face a role reversal and succeed in addressing those same constituents which first made known its renown. That renown expressed itself in two spheres. Firstly, an ''inner circle'' of language which in part created the great legacy of hymns and other forms of devotional writings. Secondly, an ''outer circle'' the emergence of the Denominations. It was this ''shape'' which endeared itself to society, made effectual and represented in the great relationship between the Church of England and the State, held together via the Monarchy
From this concert of events, it is clear that a ''completeness'' has come into being.
This ''completeness,'' this pamphlet proposes, (as an introduction,) has its true significance, expiated in a course devised for churches called; The Alpha & Omega fellowship EXCHANGE and The Millennium Passion Play.
Here in this short article is presented a very brief summary.
The Prayer Book, is part of a ''course of action'' which Almighty God ''activated'' to create the '' completeness of the Church'' with an ''outer and inner circle.'' This in effect is rather like God speaking to the church as if to a friend ''face to face, '' revealing how to go about constructing with integrity, the completeness of the entire Church. It is as it were ( with reverence,) the Almighty saying to us now; '' Look, here's one I made earlier. ''
The perception to discern is that God has handed to us a Church with a coherent completeness of which we need to regenerate. To secure this in safe custody, will demand support and representation from the ranks of the entire church, the established and Free Churches to the charismatic.
Such a new book should thereby release a spirit which once more affects the whole Church, and from such a participation forge its own consummation and regenerate that most endeared and trusted mode of transport which fixes the mind of God into the Church and extols it back into society in a manner which is readily retained, the poetic form, restoring that link between the Church & State.
In conclusion, such a book created from worship, will hold a common link between all the churches, having the necessity to call upon all for inclusion in creating a liturgy which speaks on behalf of the whole Church, subjecting this in all its vulnerability and hopefulness, with the great prize of Christian unity.
Finally, the Present Incumbent at number 10 Downing Street, is one which may stretch for the foreseeable future, is already making earnest changes for the House of Lord's to become more representative of society, and is seeking rightly as is custom, the due support from the Church of England. In this intent, it would favour a church which is more representative of society to meet that support required.
The task of the Church is to represent Christ on earth, in a manner which is complete in itself and coherent to society, this was wonderfully achieved in the era of the Prayer Book. Only its regeneration can succeed to this tradition. A Dual Liturgy and Scripture to service the whole church.Some basic perceptions of the Dual Liturgy, which also apply to the two versions of Scripture, e.g. refer to Psalm 103.
A liturgy should reflect the voice of the whole church, and in essence portray the very nature of Christ, the human and the divine.
Thus the Dual Liturgy employs this principle, a Corporate Version to signify the divine nature of Christ, in language which suggests majesty and reverence. And a Personal Version to impart the humanity of Christ, in language which is intimate and direct, close to that of a lover.
These two versions consequently also mirror the two main sectors of the church, the established and traditional and the evangelical and charismatic.The employ of music as a compatible analogy.
In Western music there are two divisions Classicism and Romanticism. If we view the Prayer Book as the former and the Dual Liturgy as the latter, this will help to simplify the continuity from one to the other.
The Prayer Book may be compared to the music of Bach, Haydn and Mozart, creating the structure of music in an ''objective sense.'' The music reflects a dignified and reverential feel very much like the language of the Prayer Book. As Mozart himself put it, referring to his own music, ''In opera, the poetry must be the obedient handmaiden of the music.'' The poetry of the Prayer Book is concealed in two ways. To reflect the exactness of the texts of Scripture, and of this in prose.
The Dual Liturgy may be compared to the music of Romantic composers, e.g. Beethoven and Schubert etc, taking from the structure of music created by the Classical composers to regenerate intense feeling and expression. The Corporate Version of the Apostle’s Creed, in its "tone" can be compared to the music of Beethoven, which captured the universal and corporate voice of humanity. Whilst the Personal Version articulated in the Song of the Virgin Mary, comes across with much intimacy, directness, close to the language of a lover, much like the music of Schubert, especially his love songs. The poetry of the Dual Liturgy is concealed in two chief ways. To reflect an impassioned response against the ''fixed canon of Scriptural texts.'' In a diversity of poetic utterances, of narrative, lyrical and even a ''tutored'' form of blank verse. The Prayer Book is like unto; '' Moses my servant is dead...''
The Dual Liturgy is like unto, ''...now therefore arise, go over this Jordan..''
The Apostles Creed in narrative blank verse.
Holy Father how well thou hast made
Glorious both heaven and earth.
And of The Immaculate Conception
Of Thine Only Son Jesus Christ
To be of The Virgin Mary born
Conceived in The Power of The Holy Spirit
Of a Death by Crucifixion
The Decree of Pontious Pilate
Our Lord did so suffer and die.
From the place of His burial
Of a visitation He held
With Them below
Upon The Third Day
He again arose
For The Ascension into Heaven
His Coming again as Judge
Both of The Living
And of His Visitation
Shall be from here seated
Beside God The Father Almighty
I believe in The Resurrection of the Body
That Life Everlasting begins
From the Forgiveness of Sins
And of The Communion of Saints
And The Church at One becomes
Through The Coming of The Holy Spirit Personal Version
The Song of the Virgin Mary in lyrical verse.
( The Magnificat )
O Lord, I think of you alone as my Saviour
O that my spirit could give voice
To the song in my soul
People of all generations shall tell
Of your regard for the lowly
This great honour that you bestow upon me
Shall I always keep precious
In your mercy look upon our fears
And make not report of our offence
Remove our proud thoughts and self-centredness
Your feelings for us touch us with humility
We are truly thankful for all your goodness
In visiting us you have offered your help and forgiveness
A promise kept to your Church
Declared long ago in the Holy Scriptures
How mindful you are of keeping your word.
Kept in my heart
May this revelation
Be yours in every way
My Lord and my God. Corporate Version
The Lord's Prayer in ''tutored'' blank verse, as a Creed
Heavenly Father, in thy Son
Both God and Man
The Christ become
In Jesu's hallowed frame. 2
Now thy kingdom
Come on Earth
Through the coming
Of the Holy Spirit. 3
Born again by grace
In thee by faith we trust
Our walk on Earth incline
Who keeps thy ways before. 4
Give to us this day
Our daily bread
Thy Word afresh
From this day forth.5
Whom on us offend
By forgiveness end
To our offences lived
Thy life lay down forgives.6
Into realms of trial
O visit us not in mind
Nor from us depart
At word of their arrival.7
Let not our offences to evil lead
To the taking away of the Holy Spirit
But preserve unto a happy settlement
All movements of the soul.8
For thy kingdom art holy
Thy power and eternal glory
Shall come forth upon us
And endure for ever and ever.Amen. The Lord's Prayer as corporate prayer.
Thy kingdom O God art within us
Whom revere thy Name always.
All that is thine O Father, will become ours
Given as you intend, day by day.
Add, to our daily bread
Thy Word afresh from this day forth.
Grant us so to forgive,
As we find in thy forgiveness
Our deliverance from all evil.
In trials keep us from falling
And faultless before thy Presence.
Into this kingdom lead us
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Amen. TRIBUTE TO THE LATE QUEEN MOTHER
These poems and hymns are dedicated to
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 1900-2002
(As a mark of respect to the Royal Family, this website is closed for
the period of mourning, and will resume 20 April 2002.)
Our Royal Family mourns
And a Queen is laid to rest,
Their grieving hearts instil
With ours, in gratitude combine.
In her, an infancy
To lofty highlands drawn,
A privileged life enjoyed
By Majesty adored and wed.
This life anew address
With duty borne in mind,
To sit beside the Throne to serve
With Monarch seated there.
Who’s Sovereign words to all decree
‘Trust in the hand of God.’
This truth to a nation lead
Which with impediment,
The will for duty’s sake
Through mortal weakness lived.
By grace from the Lord above
Shall monarchs reign in love.
From ancient kingdoms small
To empire bathed in glory.
Not by nature’s eye discern
This gracious hand bequeathed,
To countless stars seen from afar
To God appoint this glory.
‘Blessed be your wayfaring
In the early English hours.’
This island set apart
Its shores braced several seas,
A nation born not of the flesh
But of a will divine.
Its character to arms
In every thought be carried,
A warfare waged of the mind
In every action made, refined.
In royal robes and graces
To distant lands afar,
She lends her charter as a star
To all whom journey in the night.
This humanity and frail
Be guided from above.
When darkened powers rude
Approached her mortality,
The nation in her darkest hour
The conquest from the skies resist.
Though rubble in its midst be strewn
And lives most dear be lost,
Though palace walls give way
No duty be forsaken.
Where children great and small
Be held from this alarm,
Her own she will not leave
Her mind upon the King’s decree:
‘Trust in the hand of God
Our duty to remain.’
And now you have departed
Your legacy maintains,
The charm with which you held
With dignity in passing.
And of that era born
To thee and all its beauty,
Our Sovereign Queen attends
In likeness and in duty.
To every subject lend
This grace be redefined,
‘Trust in the hand of God’
This kingdom will release;
The pleasures of the heart and mind
Come dressed to service duty.
These hymns are dedicated to help reflect upon this period of mourning.
1. A sense of calling and duty.
2. Of tradition and continuity.
3. Of our humanity and the hope of the Resurrection in Christ Jesus.
4. The call to be vigilant against the erosion of our heritage.
5. A hymn of thanksgiving.
These hymns are regenerated from their original, to convey a conception
expressed from the previous poem;
‘To every subject lend,
This grace be redefined.’
That is to ‘redefine’ and express our own relationship with God, to reflect our age and circumstance, applied by using the original as a template, and maintain continuity of tradition expressed in praise from age to age. A much broader perspective is presented in the full website.
All the hymns retain their well loved tunes.
I vow to thee my country
Sir Cecil Spring-Rice
Tune Thaxted by Gustav Holst
Whoso believes in service, enquires of its entire.
1. Whoso believes in service, enquires of its entire
Complete and without question, of love alone inspired.
Undaunted by its standard, raised high above our land
That asks of us to lay aside, all but in us the best
That stands unmoved in trials, in tribulation casts;
The only life that can be lived, a greater one to know.
2. Such a Life, on earth visited, the true life of all
In greatness of humility and perfect sacrifice.
To them that know this offering, shall see him as their King
And his kingdom not of this world, but of the soul’s inspire,
And the likeness of his countenance upon their face espy
And their heart becomes his dwelling place, an instrument of peace.
All people that on earth do dwell
William Kethe ?1595
Tune Old Hundredth
later form of melody from the Geneva Psalter, 15551
O come with gladness and with song.
1 O come with gladness and with song
Rejoice ye lands with kindred voice.
Awake and bid your hearts employ
The Lord forthtell, his praise rejoice!
2 Before this globe received our frame
The Lord, alone this earth did make.
And for his people he doth feed
Lead forth as Pastor of his sheep.
3 Since all his gates be filed with praise,
Praise, praise and glorify his Name,
Strong in thy faith his praise secure
Firm in thy heart this honour live.
4 O go thy way with blessedness
In all thy works his truth confess.
Truth unto mortals goodness blest
Sure as his mercy hath endured.
5 O Father now this world impart
In thy dear Son our sins forgive,
May of thy grace forever live,
Come of the Holy Ghost inspire.
Abide with me fast falls the eventide.
Henry Francis Lyte 1793-1847
Help, Lord o help my helpless eyes to see
1 Help, Lord O help my helpless eyes to see,
Beyond the darkness round me gathered deep.
All in their failing and vain efforts failed,
All but thy comforts Lord with me abide.
2 Come, Lord defend against the Tempter’s power,
Thy guide and stay appoint in every hour,
No weight of ill can stay thy hand to bless,
Swift to my fears removed at thy behest.
3 Heaven’s fiery sphere shall ever stay its course,
Few are our days by it to be compared.
Ever the brightest flower shall loose its bloom.
Ever the sun recalls its bright array.
4 Earth’s glories fade with every eventide,
Silently dims and slowly ebbs away.
In their decay I see thou changest not,
O take me up in thine own changelessness.
5 Held in thy bosom grant my closing eyes,
To see their triumphs scatter in the gloom.
Ever death’s sting shall bed our earthly grave.
Ever thy Trump shall call its bright increase.
6 Risen from the Tomb, the stone hath rolled away!
Thou bids me up, my rising soul surveys.
Where, upon the Cross, on Calvary’s highest hill,
Bind even the faintest heart in thee abide.
And did those feet in ancient times
William Blake 1757-1837
Charles Hubert Hastings Parry 1848-1918
And shall our age desire no more
1 And shall our age desire no more
Where sits the Lamb of God enthroned?
Who shall her ancient laws recite
Engraved in monuments atone?
Who shall abhor this long decay
Once filled with countenance divine
‘ve walked these pleasant pastures seen
in England’s bosom breathe once more.
2 Since all the glories of the past
Find in their charms removed in vain.
What mystic powers in their might
Long in our hopes remain concealed;
Would all their joys in us prolong
Defend with all my life and praise,
And build a new Jerusalem
Amid our nations now begin.
3 Fill thou my life with vision burn
Turn from this fading ember gold.
Raise forth the truth in language bold
Secure their memory with grace.
And of their works, in words inflame
Arise to all my senses lived.
To all delight, in their return
Of Eden’s pleasures now employ!
Now thank we all our God
Martin Rinkart, 1586-1649
Translation by Catherine Winkworth
Tune Nun Danket
Melody adapted by Johann Cruger 1598-1662
This life for all their joys
1 This life for all their joys
O God we bless and thank thee.
With heart and voices raised
Rejoice in all thy wonders.
Thy gifts of love displayed
Bathed in our mother’s arms;
Extend through years
Remain in full unchanged.
2 This world from ill protect
Thy grace afford deliverance.
Thy blessed peace to gain,
Within a heart of bounty.
O God thy plenteousness
A guide and stay shall be
Through all perplexities,
Art to us ever bound.
3 Let now all mortals praise,
To God the Father glory.
All honour to the Son,
Extol in highest heaven.
The Holy Spirit comes
To draw us ever near;
One Faith on earth to pass
Through all eternity.
Thomas F.Darwood. 1946-
The purpose of Reformation2 is to inspire a new vision of Eden into our world, from this perspective, that Almighty God created the entire fabric of Western Civilisation to reinstate the beauty and the values of the Eden of Genesis. That is an environment in which humanity and the Almighty can both delight and comprehend each other’s presence.