20th Century Folk Hymnal, Volume 3


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This third volume in the 20th Century Folk Hymnal series was published in October 1976 by Kevin Mayhew Ltd, of 55 Leigh Rd, Leight-on-Sea,Essex, England.  It followed from volume one which was published in 1972, and volume two published in 1975.

The ISBN is 0-9055725-00-X

There is an introduction by Kevin Mayhew, in which thanks are offered to Paul Chilvers, Eric Welch, Colette Droguet, Wilda Spalding and Malcolm Campbell-Carr.

The book contains 95 hymns / praise-choruses, and four Mass settings: the latter consist of one tune and a suggested re-phrasing of the standard Mass parts to fit this tune.  All are in English, and provided in lead sheet (melody line and guitar chords) format.

It is now out of print, but 2nd hand copies are often available from Amazon (UK) or Amazon.com.

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Table of Contents


Title (first-line) Number
All Hail to You Mary 89
All hail to you Mary most favoured by God / Ave, ave, ave Maria
Lyrics by: David Konstant © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Malcolm Campbell-Carr © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: G
Number of verses: 10
Alleluia We Will Hear Your Word 58
Alleluia, alleluia, your word is true
Lyrics & tune by: Estelle White © North American Liturgy Resources
Key: C
Number of verses: 1
Bless the Lord O my Soul 70
Lyrics & tune by: Anonymous © Not stated
Key: G
Number of verses: 3
Blessed are my People 12
Blessed are my people says the Lord / Come to me, friends of mine
Lyrics & tune by: Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: G
Based on: The Beautitudes
Number of verses: 6
Break Forth into Joy 56
Break forth into joy of my soul
Lyrics & tune by: Anonymous © Not stated
Key: A
Number of verses: 1
Bright Stars of the Evening 87
Bright start of evening / Holy are you Lord of all
Lyrics by: Willard F Jabusch © Willard F Jabusch
Tune by: Ukranian melody © Not stated
Key: C
Number of verses: 4
But the Sun will Shine 81
Deep darkness came over the world / But the sun will shine and true peace will come
Lyrics & tune by: Michael Evans © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: E
Number of verses: 6
By the Riverside 16
By the riverside, come and sit you down
Lyrics by: Michael Cockett © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Malcolm Campbell-Carr © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: D
Number of verses: 4
By the Waters of Babylon 85
By the water, the waters of Babylon
Lyrics by: Not stated - based on scripture © Not stated
Tune by: Don McLean and Lee Hays © Not stated
Key: Am
Based on: Psalm 137
Number of verses: 2
Christ is Risen 23
All is quiet, all is sombre /
Lyrics & tune by: Peter Madden © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: D
Number of verses: 3
Christians Come and Sing 29
Christians come and sing to Christ today / Gather in his house today
Lyrics & tune by: From Ghana © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: D
Number of verses: 7
Come Holy Lord 8
Come holy Lord renew our faith
Lyrics & tune by: John Glynn © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: E
Number of verses: 3
Come Lord Jesus Come 33
Like a sea without a shore / Maranatha
Lyrics & tune by: Estelle White © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: G
Number of verses: 4
Deep Peace of the Running Wave 68
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Lyrics by: Fiona Macleod © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Robert Kelly © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: E
Number of verses: 1
Dona Nobis Pacem 51
Lyrics by: Public domain
Tune by: Anonymous © Not stated
Key: E
Number of verses: 1
Every Little Bird that Flies 92
Every little bird that flies / Melodies born in the breath-taking song
Lyrics by: Michael Cockett © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: F
Number of verses: 3
Father in Heaven 98
Father in heaven, from your great goodness
Lyrics by: Michael Evans © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Malcolm Campbell-Carr © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: E
Number of verses: 3
From the Field and From the City 19
Lyrics & tune by: John Harriott © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: F
Number of verses: 6
Glory to God in the Highest 94
Glory, glory, glory to God in the highest / Our Lord and God and king of the heavens
Lyrics by: Michael Cockett © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Malcolm Campbell-Carr © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: Dm
Number of verses: 4
Glory we Sing to God on High 99
Glory we sing to God on high / Glory, glory, glory we sing to God on high
Lyrics by: David Konstant © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: F
Number of verses: 3
God be with you 57
God be with you 'til we meet again / Til we meet, 'til we meet
Lyrics by: Jeremiah Rankin © Not stated
Tune by: William Tomer © Not stated
Key: C
Number of verses: 3
God Gave His Son for Sinful Men 3
Lyrics & tune by: Gillian Simpson © Gillian Simpson
Key: Bm
Number of verses: 10
God is Love His the Care 75
God is love, his the care /
Lyrics by: Percy Dearmer © Not stated
Tune by: Not stated - from "Piae Cantiones", 1582
Number of verses: 4
God is Moving by his Spirit 76
O God is moving by his Spirit
Lyrics & tune by: Anonymous © Not stated
Key: D
Number of verses: 1
God is Rich in Mercy 83
God Rich in mercy, God of compassion / Free us from exile
Lyrics by: Willard F Jabusch © Willard F Jabusch
Tune by: Ukranian melody © Not stated
Key: Dm
Number of verses: 5
Good Lady Poverty 14
Good lady poverty, come be my bride /
Lyrics & tune by: Sebastian Temple © Franciscan Communications Centre of Los Angeles
Key: D
Number of verses: 3
Grant us Your Peace Lord 43
Grant to us [them] our peace Lord
Lyrics by: Francesca Leftley © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Unknown - Israeli folk song © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Accompaniment by : Francesca Leftley
Key: Dm
Number of verses: 2
Hail Mary Mother of our God 13
Lyrics by: Willard F Jabusch © Willard F Jabusch
Tune by: Austrian melody (1649)
Key: F
Number of verses: 4
Hail Mary, Full of Grace 27
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee
Lyrics & tune by: Estelle White © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 5
He Who Binds to Himself a Joy 79
He who gathers a living flower / He who binds to himself a joy
Lyrics & tune by: Gerald O'Mahony © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 3
How Can I Speak, How Can I Sing 5
Lyrics & tune by: John Glynn © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: A
Number of verses: 3
I Believe in God Above 41
Lyrics by: David Konstant © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Unknown - American folk song © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 5
I Have Counted the Cost 30
I have counted the cost of the years that are gone
Lyrics & tune by: Kevin Nichols © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 3
I Love the Warmth of the Sun 7
I love the warmth of the sun, the dancing light
Lyrics & tune by: Estelle White © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 4
If Now My Mind was Still 38
Lyrics & tune by: Estelle White © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 3
I'll Sing of a Vineyard 18
I'll sing of a vineyard upon a hill
Lyrics & tune by: Peter de Rosa © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: E
Number of verses: 6
In His Days 67
In his days justice shall flourish and peace
Lyrics & tune by: Francesca Leftley © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: E
Number of verses: 3
Jesus Christ the Son of God 69
He is risen, tell the story to the nations
Lyrics by: Willard F Jabusch © Willard F Jabusch
Tune by: Traditional Polish melody
Key: G
Number of verses: 4
Jesus the Healer 25
Jesus the healer is here / Who could refuse such tender love
Lyrics & tune by: Gillian Simpson © Gillian Simpson
Key: C
Number of verses: 4
Jesus Took Bread 80
Jesus took bread and broke it and said
Lyrics by: From scripture © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 1
Let the Words of my Mouth 52
Lyrics by: Public domain
Tune by: Anonymous © Not stated
Key: C
Number of verses: 1
Like the Stars in the Sky 17
Like the stars in the sky / Take me now, Lord my God
Lyrics & tune by: Gillian Simpson © Gillian Simpson
Key: C
Number of verses: 4
Lion of Judah Lamb of Peace 71
Lyrics & tune by: Michael Evans © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: Dm
Number of verses: 5
Look Upon our Offerings 6
Look upon our offerings, look within our hearts
Lyrics & tune by: Adapted from a Mariapolis version of the Foculari © Not stated
Key: Dm
Number of verses: 2
Lord is my True Shepherd, The 21
The Lord is my true shepherd / Even when I walk into the valley dark and cold
Lyrics & tune by: Peter Madden © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: F
Number of verses: 2
Lord Make me an Instrument of Thy Peace 97
Lord make me an instrument of thy peace / Where there is hatred let me sow love
Lyrics & tune by: Briege O'Hare © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: Em
Number of verses: 5
Based on St Francis of Assisi
Lord of the Universe 44
Lord of the universe you walked upon this earth
Lyrics & tune by: Estelle White © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: Dm
Number of verses: 2
Lord Our God O Lord our Father 32
Lyrics by: Kevin Nichols © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Malcolm Campbell-Carr © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: G
Number of verses: 6
Lord You Know and Study Me 50
Lyrics by: Gillian Simpson © Gillian Simpson
Tune by: Gillian Simpson © Gillian Simpson
Key: C
Number of verses: 5
Mass of God's People 31
Lord have mercy on your servants gathered here
Lyrics & tune by: Not stated © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Accompaniment by : Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 1
Mass of Peace 28
Lyrics & tune by: Adapted from traditional sources by Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: G
Number of verses: 2 or 3
Mass of Thanksgiving 34
Lord have mercy on your servants
Lyrics & tune by: Adapted from traditional sources by Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: G
Number of verses: 2
Mass of the Spirit 36
Lord have mercy on us all
Lyrics & tune by: Adapted from traditional sources by Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: D
Number of verses: 1
My Lord my Master 11
My Lord, my master, my God, my saviour
Lyrics by: Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Traditional Scottish melody
Key: C
Number of verses: 3
My Saviour and My God 61
As bread my Lord comes to me
Lyrics & tune by: Estelle White © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: F
Number of verses: 3
Now Watch for God's Coming 54
Now watch for God's coming, be patient till then.
Lyrics by: Willard F Jabusch © Willard F Jabusch
Tune by: Traditional Catalonian carol
Key: G
Number of verses: 4
O Lady Full of God's Own Grace 48
Our Lady full of God's own grace / O virgin fair, star of the sea
Lyrics & tune by: Estelle White © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: D
Number of verses: 4
O Lord my God 77
O Lord my God how great you are
Lyrics & tune by: Gillian Simpson © Gillian Simpson
Key: A
Number of verses: 4
O Love of Loves 9
O love of loves, be in this place today
Lyrics & tune by: Estelle White © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: Cm
Number of verses: 3
O Mary Gentle One 37
O Mary gentle one / Teach us to answer him
Lyrics & tune by: Francesca Leftley © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 3
O My Lord You Look at Me 62
Oh my Lord you look at me and know me
Lyrics & tune by: Estelle White © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Based on: Psalm 139
Number of verses: 5
O Sing His Praise 74
O sing his praise, sing glory
Lyrics by: Michael Cockett © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: E
Number of verses: 3
Oh When the Spirit Comes 88
O when the spirit comes, his rousing wind / Set my spirit free as air
Lyrics & tune by: Gillian Simpson © Gillian Simpson
Key: E
Number of verses: 5
On we go to Jerusalem 47
On we go to Jerusalem / Age on age proclaim his praises
Lyrics & tune by: Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: Em
Number of verses: 3
One One Eternal One 2
Lyrics by: Damian Webb © Rev Damian Webb
Tune by: AndrĂ© Popp © Not stated
Key: Em
Number of verses: 4
Peace I Leave with You 84
Peace I leave with you, peace I give to you
Lyrics & tune by: Peter Madden © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: D
Number of verses: 1
Praise the Lord for His Wonders 35
Lyrics & tune by: Sr Marie Lydia Pereira © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 1
Promised Lord and Christ is He 40
Promised Lord and Christ is he / Come O Lord quickly come
Lyrics by: Roger Ruston © Rev Roger Ruston
Tune by: Kevin Mayhew © Not stated
Key: D
Number of verses: 5
Lyrics are based on a Jewish Passover song
Red for the Sun 39
Red for the sun as it sinks
Lyrics by: Michael Cockett © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 3
Ring the Bells of Freedom 86
Ring the bells of freedom let the cymbals speak / Jesus said "Now the kingdom's near"
Lyrics by: Michael Cockett © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 3
Rise and Shine 96
Rise and shine and give God his glory, glory / The Lord said to Noah
Lyrics & tune by: Traditional © Public domain
Key: C
Number of verses: 6
River of God 60
O river of God flow down on me
Lyrics & tune by: Anonymous © Not stated
Key: D
Number of verses: 1
Search me O God 64
Search me O God and know my heart today
Lyrics by: J Edwin Orr © Not stated
Tune by: Maori melody © Not stated
Key: E
Number of verses: 1
She Will Show us the Promised One 91
At Bethlehem she bore her son / She will show us the promised one
Lyrics by: Willard F Jabusch © Willard F Jabusch
Tune by: Not stated -American melody © Not stated
Key: D
Number of verses: 5
Show me Thy Ways O Lord 82
Lyrics & tune by: Traditional © Public domain
Key: F
Number of verses: 1
Sing to the Lord for he has Triumphed 42
Sing to the Lord for he has triumphed gloriously
Lyrics & tune by: Gerald O'Mahony © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C#m
Number of verses: 3
Son of God 78
Bells of the earth ring out with gladness / Son of God but one with God's people
Lyrics & tune by: Michael Evans © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 6
Spirit of Love, Spirit of Truth 59
Spirit of love, spirit of truth / This is the gift that was promised by the Son
Lyrics by: Michael Cockett © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Malcolm Campbell-Carr © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 3
Spirit of the Living Christ 4
Spirit of the living Christ, some today and
Lyrics & tune by: Estelle White © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Number of verses: 3
Thank Him 90
Gather peoples of the earth, thank the Lord for all his deeds
Lyrics by: John Harriott © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Malcolm Campbell-Carr © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 6
The Drums of Calvary 22
They were beating as he dragged himself
Lyrics & tune by: Estelle White © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: Gm
Number of verses: 3
The Old Rugged Cross 53
On a hill far away / So I'll sing to the old rugged cross
Lyrics by: George Bennar © Not stated
Tune by: George Bennar © Not stated
Key: A
Number of verses: 4
The Promised One 24
Through the night the shepherds roam / The Son of God has come
Lyrics & tune by: Turloch Holmes © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: G
Number of verses: 4
There is a River 55
There is a river that flows from God above
Lyrics & tune by: Anonymous © Not stated
Key: G
Number of verses: 1
There is a season for all things 15
There is a season for all things / A time for childbirth, a time for dying
Lyrics by: Francesca Leftley © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Not stated - Pachebell's Canon
Key: F
Based on: Ecclesiastes
Number of verses: 3
There will be Signs in the Moon 45
There will be signs in the moon and the stars and the sun / No man can tell, nor an angel the day of the end
Lyrics by: Luke Connaughton © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Malcolm Campbell-Carr © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: D
Number of verses: 4
This is my Commandment 65
This is my commandment I give you / Lord hear our pleading
Lyrics & tune by: Millie Sara © Mollie Sara
Key: C
Number of verses: 3
This is the Bread 46
This is the bread I give before I go
Lyrics by: Luke Connaughton © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: C
Number of verses: 3
Thou art Worthy 66
Thou art worthy O Lord
Lyrics & tune by: Anonymous © Not stated
Key: A
Number of verses: 1
We Believe in God 95
We believe in God the almighty one
Lyrics by: Michael Cockett © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: John Googe © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: G
Number of verses: 5
We Form one Church 63
We form one church, one Christian folk
Lyrics by: Willard F Jabusch © Willard F Jabusch
Tune by: Traditional American melody
Accompaniment by : Public domain
Key: A
Number of verses: 3
We've got a Story to Tell 73
We've got a story to tell`to the nations
Lyrics & tune by: H E Nichol © Not stated
Key: E
Number of verses: 4
What a Joy 10
What a joy it was for us to say / Coming to Jerusalem, no this holy ground
Lyrics & tune by: Willard F Jabusch © Willard F Jabusch
Key: C
Based on: Psalm 122
Number of verses: 5
Whe the Trumpet of the Lord Shall Sound 100
Lyrics by: John Wilkins © Rev John R Wilkins
Tune by: James Black © Rev John R Wilkins
Key: F
Number of verses: 4
When the Day Grows Cold 49
When the day grows cold and the dark takes hold / Loving you gently, Lord
Lyrics by: Michael Cockett © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Kevin Mayhew © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: A
Number of verses: 3
When the Word that Made the Earth 93
When the word that made the earth and skies / Alleluia, sing to the Lord of life
Lyrics by: Michael Cockett © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Tune by: Christopher Allen © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: A
Number of verses: 3
Where Shall we Find Bread 1
Where shall we find bread in the wilderness / There is bread in the wilderness
Lyrics & tune by: Ewald Bash © Ewald Bash
Key: F
Number of verses: 3
Word Incarnate sacrificed his life, The 20
The word incarnate sacrificed his life / We offer this bread to you O Lord
Lyrics & tune by: Turloch Holmes © Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Key: A
Number of verses: 4
You've Gotta Move when the Spirit Says Move 26
Lyrics & tune by: Traditional © Public domain
Accompaniment by : Kevin Donovan
Key: D
Number of verses: 4

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