GodSongs news and hymn-requests, April 2016

Welcome to this month's newsletter!

March was a very busy month, including the feasts of St Patrick and St Joseph, as well as the Triduum and the start of the Easter season.  This lead to well over 30 research requests, many for songs that hadn't been listed before.

Interest in the Kindle edition of Selected Hymns from the Nigerian Catholic Hymn Book has been steady - work is under way to make a second edition with better internal links

New developments this month include using Pinterest to share the musician-friendly lead sheets which are produced here.   Follow GodSongs on Pinterest now - it's going to take a while to share all the older sheet music there, but the newly loaded hymns that have sheet music will be available on the Hymn Sheet Music board from now on.

 I've also been investigating ways of hosting midi-files, so I can share examples (albiet plastic ones) of copyright-free tunes that can't be found on YouTube.  No definite results from this yet - hopefully I'll have a conclusion and some shared sound-files by next moth.

Getting back to the recent research requests.


Hymn and song research requests during March 2016

All that I Am

This children's song by Sebastian Temple was first requested in 2014 - there is now an information sheet about it here.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Come Christians all Rejoice and Sing

An information page about this Easter hymn, which is a translation of O Filii et FiliƦ, is now available here.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Risen Lord

An information page about this song by Donal Fishel is now available here.

The person who requested it is looking for a descant setting in a more flute-friendly key than E (4 sharps) which she has at present. Without knowing the particular descant arrangement she had in mind it's difficult to know if any hymn books have this available. If you can suggest any options, please leave a comment below.

Bless the Lord

The person who requested this hymn heard it in Canada. Unfortunately the title has such common worlds that it is very difficult to be certain which hymn is being sought. One possibility is "O Bless the Lord my Soul" by S. Wesley (1766-1837). If you can provide any information which might narrow down the request, please leave a comment below.


Blessings on the King - Andersen

Information about this Palm Sunday song by Frank Anderson is now available here.


Blest are you Lord

This request only included the 4-word title. There are a number of hymns which it could refer to, including ones by Aniceto Nazareth © 1984 Kevin Mayhew Ltd, Mike Anderson, Adian Whelan.

Christ Arose

This Easter hymn by Robert Lowry is also known as "Low in the Grave he Lay" and easily found by this title in sites like Hymnary.org.

Citizens of Heaven

This entrance hymn was written by Roman Catholic priest Lucien Deiss. It was included in his collection Biblical Hymns and Psalms by Fr Lucien Deiss CSSp, which was first published in 1965 by the World Library of Sacred Music, and sill available from WLP today.

Come Christians All

An information page about this Easter hymn by Anthony Petti is now available here.

Come Great Deliverer

There is now an information page about this early American hymn here.

Deep is the Mystery

This hymn by Hubert Richards has been added to the list for future research.

Divine Mercy Chaplet

This request was for a version of the chaplet scored for SATB. Because the chaplet itself is still copyright, this cannot be provided here. But there is version, with permission to share freely, here, and there are also various versions available from SheetMusicPlus.com.

From Salem's Plain

This hymn for Palm Sunday, which starts "What are those soul-reviving strains" has been added to the list for future research.

God is Love

There are a few different songs with this title. The one by Clarence Rivers is described here. If you are looking for another one, please try again, providing more details.

God is so Good

An information page about this song is available here,

His State was Divine

This hymn for Palm Sunday is a setting of the first reading by Australian priest and composer Frank Andersen. Information about it has recently been published on the Six Maddens site.

Hymn No 194

The information provided in this request was just the title "Hymn no 194" - the hymn book was not named!   One likely candidate is God of Mercy and Compassion, which is #194 in the Nigerian Catholic Hymn Book, and which is very popular at this time of year.

I will Seek and Find Thee Now

This request is for a hymn "Little Ones May Come to Me" by by Fanny Crosy, There is now an information page about it here.

In Love for Me

An information page about this song by Jimmy Owens and Damian Lundy is available here.

Is Naofa Naofa Thu

This request is for the Sean O'Riada setting of the Irish-language version of the Sanctus / Holy Holy. The text is available here. The tune is still copyright.

Lay Your Hands

This hymn by American Carey Landry has been added to the list for future research.

Let Thy Priest O Lord

The text of this hymn is from the Douay-Rheims translation of the bible which was first published in the 1500/1600s, with more recent versions in the 1700s. The translator is unknown. It has been added to the list for future research.

Lord Make me an Instrument

There are a couple of a hymns which might be what the person who made this request is looking for.

  • One is an arrangement to the folk-tune THE WATER IS WIDE - which you can find here
  • Another is 'Lord Make me an Instrument of Thy Peace' by Breige O'Hare which has been added to the list of songs to write up in the future.


Mother at Your Feet is Kneeling

An information page about this popular American hymn is available here

O My People - Lundy

This Damian Lundy setting of a traditional Good Friday text was first requested back in 2014 - and an information page about it is now available here.

O River of God

Information about this praise chorus (author uknown, but it sounds American) is available here.

One Cold Night in Spring

Information about this Northern Hemisphere hymn for Easter by Damian Lunday is now available here.

Return to the Lord O Israel

This request only included the title, and no hymns with this title have been found.

If you have any suggestions about it, please leave a message in the "Leave a comment" box at the bottom of the page.

Rise Ye Children of Salvation

Information about this hymn by Frances Bevan is now available here.

This is our Acceptable Time - Temple

The person who requested this song said that it was by Sebastian Temple. But there no evidence of a hymn by Sebastian Temple, or anyone else with a similar name for that matter.  It's possible that they were thinking about this song by Australian priest and song-writer Frank Andersen.

Toe the Line Get Set Run the Race of Life

Most probably this request is for "Toe the Mark" by Virgil P Brock, which was published in Action Songs for Girls and Boys Volume 2.

We Gather in Body

An information page about this children's song is now available here.





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If this doesn't help, then submit a request using the hymn research request tool, and it will be responded to in next month's newsletter.

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