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St Oswald's

The parish church of Bollington

Bollington Road, Bollington Cross, SK10 5EG
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This selection of "Sing-along Songs of Praise" was originally a series of blog posts written during the COVID Lockdowns of 2020. It was intended to allow people to sing hymns in the safety and privacy of their own homes at a time when hymn-singing in church was not allowed (even if the church building was open!).

Sing-Along Hymns

For each hymn we have provided a set of verses together with an electronically generated sound-track. The sound track does not provide any words - just the tune.

The selection of hymns to be included was subject to certain limitations, notably the restrictions of copyright. This meant that many modern hymns were excluded, and the exclusion even applied to some updated versions of traditional hymns. Some publishers have made a few minor changes to make hymns more "inclusive" and have then claimed copyright over the revised text. So in most cases the ORIGINAL texts have been used, even though these may not be the versions that appear in modern hymnals.

In deciding what tunes to be used, this has largely been the Webmaster's personal choice. It is a mixture of familiar tunes and tunes that are not well-known, but deserve to be better known. The webmaster has included some personal favourites (and excluded some pet hates!). The soundtracks provided go with the words provided - if there are four verses, the tune is repeated four times. Where possible tunes have been provided with descants or alternative arrangements.

Wherever possible, there is an explanation of who wrote the words or tunes, the circumstances under which they were written, when (and sometimes why). Many hymns include references to verses appearing in the King James Version of the Bible; more modern translations were not then available! In some cases we have tried to explain these scriptural references or other instances where words have changed their meaning over time.

When hymns are sung as part of a church service, it is normally the case that the hymn books are set aside at the end of the hymn and the next part of the service continues. There is no time to sit and reflect on the meaning or the beauty of words and/or music. This collection allows you to take your time, to read, listen sing along, reflect, and to repeat a hymn again if you wish.

Abide with me
All creatures of our God and King
Alleluya, sing to Jesus
Amazing grace
An image of that heavenly light
And did those feet in ancient time
And now, O Father, mindful of the love
Angels from the realms of glory
Arm! arm! for the struggle approaches
Art thou weary, art thou languid
Author of life divine
Awake, my soul, and with the sun
Away in a manger

Bethlehem, of noblest cities
Blest are the pure in heart
Bread of Heaven, on Thee we feed
Bread of the world in mercy broken
Breathe on me, Breath of God
Bright the vision that delighted
Brightest and Best
Brightly did the light divine
By cool Siloam’s shady rill

Christ is our cornerstone
Christ, the fair glory of the holy angels
Come down, O Love divine
Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove
Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life
Come, O thou traveller unknown
Coventry Carol
Creator of the stars of night
Crown Him the King of Love

Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness

Eternal Father, strong to save

Fairest Lord Jesus
Father of Heaven whose love profound
Fierce raged the tempest o’er the deep
Fight the good fight
Firmly I believe and truly [1]
Firmly I believe and truly [2]
For all the Saints
For all thy Saints, O Lord
For the beauty of the earth
Forth in thy name, O Lord I go
Fountain of mercy, God of love
From out the cloud of amber light
From the eastern mountains

Give me the wings of faith
Glory to God, the morn appointed breaks
Glory to thee, my God, this night
Glory to thee, who safe hast kept
God be in my head
God rest you merry, gentlemen
God that madest earth and heaven
God who made the earth
Good Christian men, rejoice
Good King Wenceslas
Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost
Great Shepherd of thy people, hear
Guide me O thou great Redeemer

Hail, harbinger of morn
Hail! Princes of the host of heaven
Hail the day that sees Him rise
Hail to the Lord who comes
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding
Hark, hark, my soul, angelic songs are swelling
Hark the glad sound, the Saviour comes
He sat to watch o’er customs paid
Holy Father, cheer our way
Holy, Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty
How bright these glorious spirits shine
How shall I sing that majesty
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
Hushed was the evening hymn

I am not skilled to understand
I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus
I bind unto myself today
I hear thy welcome voice
I heard the voice of Jesus say
I know a rose tree springing
I know that my Redeemer lives
I leave all things to God’s direction
I love to hear the story
I need Thee every hour
Immortal, Invisible, God only wise
Immortal love for ever full
In our day of thanksgiving
In the bleak midwinter
It came upon the midnight clear
It is a thing most wonderful

Jerusalem the golden
Jesu, Lover of my soul
Jesu, my Lord, my God, my all
Jesu, the very thought of thee
Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult
Jesus is with us
Jesus shall reign, where’er the sun
Just as I am, without one plea
Just for today

King of glory, king of peace
King of Saints, to whom the number

Lead, kindly light
Lift high the Cross
Lift up your hearts
Lo, between the myrtles standing
Lo, He comes with clouds descending
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
Lord, for tomorrow and its needs
Lord Jesus, think on me
Lord, who shall sit beside Thee
Love came down at Christmas
Love divine, all loves excelling
Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep

Mary to her Saviour’s tomb
May the grace of Christ our Saviour
Most glorious Lord of life
My faith looks up to thee
My God and is Thy Table spread
My God, I love Thee, not because...
My song is love unknown

New every morning is the love
Now I have seen my Saviour
Nunc Dimittis

O come. all ye faithful
O come, O come, Emmanuel
O Fire of God, the Comforter
O for a closer walk with God
O God our help in ages past
O Holy Spirit, Lord of Grace
O Jesus so sweet
O King enthroned on high
O little town of Bethlehem
O Love, how deep, how broad, how high
O Love that wilt not let me go
O quickly come
O Perfect Love
O praise ye the Lord
O Sion, open wide thy gates
O Strength and Stay
O thou not made with hands
O thou who camest from above
O what their joy and their glory must be
O Word of pity
O worship the King
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s cry
On the Resurrection morning
Once in Royal David’s city
Once, only once, and once for all

Peace be to this congregation
Peace, perfect peace
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
Praise the Lord! Ye heavens adore Him
Praise to the Holiest in the height
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire

Rejoice, the Lord is King
Rejoice ye pure in heart

Scarce discerning aught before us
See amid the winter’s snow
Shall we not love thee, Mother dear
Shepherds, tell your beauteous story
Silent night, holy night
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Soul of my Saviour
Spirit of mercy, truth and love
Stand up, stand up for Jesus
Sweet is the work, my God and King
Sweet sacrament divine

Take my life and let it be…
The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended
The first Nowell Christmas
The God of Abraham praise
The God of nature and of grace
The highest and the holiest place
The King of love my shepherd is
The Lord’s my shepherd
The Lord will come and not be slow
The Miners’ Hymn [without words]
The royal banners forward go
The sower went forth sowing Thee we adore, O hidden Saviour, thee
There is a land of peace and love
There is one way, and only one
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
Thou art the Christ, O Lord
Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown
Thou Who sentest Thine apostles
Thy hand, O God, has guided
Thy kingdom come, O God
To the Name of our salvation

We have not seen, we cannot see
We love the place, O God
We praise thy name, all holy Lord
We sing the glorious conquest
What a friend we have in Jesus
What child is this…?
What thanks and praise to Thee we owe
When I survey the wondrous Cross
When morning gilds the skies
Wherefore, O Father
While Shepherds watched their flocks by night
Who are these like stars appearing
Who would true valour see
Word supreme, before creation

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
Ye holy angels bright
Ye servants of the Lord
Ye who own the faith of Jesus

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... and some popular songs inspired by hymns and religious themes.

The Holy City
The hymn that I sang as a boy
The Lost Chord
The voice in the old village choir



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Last modified: 26 March 2021