Hymn texts

There are relatively few original hymn texts, as most of my hymn work has been tune-writing for other authors.

Also included here is a hymn text by Sue Gilmurray, reproduced here with her kind permission, which deserves to be far more widely known.


Name Metre Comments
God eternal, timeless moment 8 7 8 7 D [Commentary.] A strongly Trinitarian hymn. Includes themes of mission, outreach, redemptive suffering and Pentecost.
In chaos and nothingness [text] [PDF] [MP3 audio] 14 14 14 14 [Commentary.] Creation, wonder, science. A hymn to celebrate science and our omniscient God.
Lord Christ, your throne 11 10 11 10 11 10 [Commentary.] Adoration; creation; reign of Christ. From Hebrews 1.
Make straight the way 8 6 8 6 D [Commentary.] Mission, ordination, confirmation, commitment. "Way, truth, life".
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord
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10 10 11 8 [Commentary.] The slow, solemn tune Gresford was written by a Durham miner in direct response to the Gresford colliery disaster in 1934. The tune has been widely played by colliery brass bands across Britain since then as a memorial to those who died in this dangerous industry. But, despite its subtitle "The Miners' Hymn", I am unaware of any hymn text to it. Hence this text, which tries to stay faithful both to the psalm and to its respected use in mining communities.
Texts by Sue Gilmurray
Carol for the world (The northern world grows dark and cold) 8 6 8 6 D Advent, Christmas. Written in the wake of the events of 11th September, 2001 (9/11).

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