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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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Towards the end of the nineteenth century many Christians thought the Church to be in great danger, from without—from the acts of politicians, the development of science, especially Darwin’s Theory of Evolution—and from within as new ideas were put forward on the nature of the biblical record of the faith and as changes in worship were introduced. Such hymns as this one by E H Plumptre and ‘The Church’s one foundation’ were intended to bolster up the faithful. It is unlikely that this hymn would have been such a success had it not been given in 1898 this tune, ‘Thornbury’, written for a choirs’ festival at St Paul’s Cathedral. It is a fine confident melody, with the final ‘One Church, one Faith, one Lord’ sung emphatically on the most important notes of the scale (the fifth and the tonic). Basil Harwood was a church-music composer of some importance at the turn of the century, being organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He was brought up in south Gloucestershire and most of his tunes have names from those parts. He went to school for a short time in Thornbury, a town some twelve miles north of Bristol.
Thy hand, O God, has guided Thy flock from age to age; The wondrous tale is written, Full clear on every page; Our fathers owned thy goodness, And we their deeds record; And both of this bear witness, One Church, one Faith, one Lord.
Thy heralds brought glad tidings To greatest, as to least; They bade men rise and hasten To share the great King’s feast; And this was all their teaching, In every deed and word, To all alike proclaiming One Church, one Faith, one Lord.
Through many a day of darkness, Through many a scene of strife, The faithful few fought bravely To guard the nation’s life. Their Gospel of redemption, Sin pardoned, man restored, Was all in this enfolded, One Church, one Faith, one Lord.
Thy mercy will not fail us, Nor leave thy work undone; With thy right hand to help us, The victory shall be won; And then, by men and angels, Thy name shall be adored, And this shall be their anthem, One Church, one Faith, one Lord.