GodSongs newsletter - November 2015

October started quietly - but the got very busy as people looked for hymns and songs for important dates in early November: All Saints, All Souls and Remembrance Day.

I've also made great progress on a new project, which will make the contents on one of the site's most popular hymn-books a lot more widely available - more about that next month.

Now, for this months' requests:

Research requests during October

Almighty Father Take this Bread

This offertory hymn was published in Australia and Ireland during the 1970, but the source is unknown.

And Can it Be

This hymn by Charles Wesley is partly based on the themes of St Paul's life.

By the Rivers of Babylon

This song was song written by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton of the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians in 1970. The lyrics are from Psalms 19 and 137.

Faith Hope and Charity

The hymn is by Sebastian Temple, and it was published in the 20th Century Folk Hymnal Volume 1 and probably other books as well.

The person who requested this hymn is from Malawi, and heard it on Youtube.  It's likely that they are looking for the sheet music - but I haven't been able to find a copyright-legal on-line source for it., and it's not OK for me to just post the sheet music here. But I can say that it is in the key of E, and has a time-signature of 4/4, and the first notes are G G G F.

Father for Many People

This English-language anthem for Don Bosco has been translated from another language - but it's not clear which one.

In Christ there is a Table set for All

This re-working of "God and Man at Table are Sat down" was popular for All Saints Day.

Keep Step with the Master

Information about this hymn by Fanny Crosby is available here.

Light the Advent Candle

More info about this children's hymn for lighting the Advent wreath is available here.

Mother, the King - my Lord and Thine

The source of this hymn about hand in hand with mother Mary is unknown. This is unusual: for most very specific requests, it's possible to find at least some reference to where the hymn or song came from. But in this case, only the words could be found - along with the comment from the requestor that s/he sang it at a convent [school] in Ireland during the 1950s.

Now the Green Blade Riseth

A hymn for Easter or Christmas, written by J M C Crum and set to a traditional French carol tune.

Onward Christian Soldiers

This hymn by Sabine Baring-Gould was originally written for children to sing while in a Pentecost parade.

She Touched the Hem of His Garment

The person who requested this song said that they learned it at summer campe in the 1960s, and that it has the phrase ""Oh, she touched the hem of his garment - - - - and was made whole"" - but searching for this exact phrase is giving no results at the moment.

YouTube has many different songs with similar titles, one of which is in the public domain. Another possibility is this song by the Cumberland Boys, although it may be more modern than the requested song.

If you have any other suggestions about it, please leave a comment below.

Shifting Sands

Unfortunately this request only included the two-word title, so it hasn't been possible to work out which particular song it refers so.

The Mass is Ended

The title was the only detail given for this request, so it's not clear whether the request is for "The Mass is Ended All Go in Peace" by Sebastian Temple or "God the Mass is ended, children of the Lord" by Maria Lydia Perira.

The Spirit of God Rests Upon Me

This Pentecost hymn by Lucien Deiss was requested by a reader from Cameroon in Africa.

The Ten Commandments

This is a song for teaching children the Ten Commandments - there is information about here.


This song was written during the 1980s by the Goad family The person who requested it heard it in church in the USA during the 1990s. However it is mainly a patriotic song rather than a religious one. A recording of it can be viewed on YouTube.

Don't see your request?

Every month, there are a number of requests which just don't have enough information to track down the intended hymn or song. If you made a request but don't see it listed here, then you might like to try again. this time, including some phrases that aren't likely to be included in other hymns.

Getting updates about requested songs and hymns

If you subscribe to the GodSongs.net mailing list, you will be notified when new hymns and hymnal-listing are added, and when new newsletter are posted:  You will get a verification-request email from Feedburner - be sure to click on the link, so your subscription is complete.

Are you looking for a hymn or song?

Are you search for the words or sheet music for a particular song or hymn - especially from the last 50 or so years?  Put in a request using the hymn research request tool, and it will be responded to in next month's newsletter.

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