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Harmony of Prayer

Josh Henn  •  Album


This beautiful compilation of hymns, from the original Christian Science Hymnal, tenderly shares and affirms God's healing Word. All 20 hymns are sung a cappella in five-part harmony by Josh Henn. Inspiration for this project was drawn in part from a quote by Ella Rathvon, C.S.B: “Almost daily Mrs. Eddy would join with us in singing one or more of the hymns that are regularly sung in Christian Science churches and homes.” Often sung in Mary Baker Eddy's home, “I Love to Tell the Story” is included in this collection.


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Abide With Me
Music by William H. Monk
Lyrics by Bertha H. Woods

Abide with me; fast breaks the morning light;
Our daystar rises, banishing all night;
Thou art our strength, O Truth that maketh free,
We would unfailingly abide in Thee.

I know no fear, with Thee at hand to bless,
Sin hath no power and life no wretchedness;
Health, hope and love in all around I see
For those who trustingly abide in Thee.

I know Thy presence every passing hour,
I know Thy peace, for Thou alone art power;
O Love divine, abiding constantly,
I need not plead, Thou dost abide with me.

All Power Is Given Unto Our Lord
Music by Martin Luther
Lyrics by Frederic W. Root

All power is given unto our Lord,
On Him we place reliance;
With truth from out His sacred word
We bid our foes defiance.
With Him we shall prevail,
Whatever may assail;
He is our shield and tower,
Almighty is His power;
His kingdom is forever.

Rejoice, ye people, praise His name,
His care doth e’er surround us.
His love to error’s thralldom came,
And from its chains unbound us.
Our Lord is God alone,
No other power we own;
No other voice we heed,
No other help we need;
His kingdom is forever.

O then give thanks to God on high,
Who life to all is giving;
The hosts of death before Him fly,
In Him we all are living.
Then let us know no fear,
Our King is ever near;
Our stay and fortress strong,
Our strength, our hope, our song;
His kingdom is forever.

Everlasting Arms of Love
Music by John Dowland
Lyrics by John R. Macduff

Everlasting arms of Love
Are beneath, around, above;
God it is who bears us on,
His the arm we lean upon.

He our ever-present guide
Faithful is, whate’er betide;
Gladly then we journey on,
With His arm to lean upon.

From earth’s fears and vain alarms
Safe in His encircling arms,
He will keep us all the way,
God, our refuge, strength and stay.

From Sense to Soul
Music by George Dyson
Lyrics by Violet Hay

From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me,
From mist and shadow into Truth’s clear day;
The dawn of all things real is breaking o’er me,
My heart is singing: I have found the way.

I reach Mind’s open door, and at its portal
I know that where I stand is holy ground;
I feel the calm and joy of things immortal,
The loveliness of Love is all around.

The way leads upward and its goal draws nearer,
Thought soars enraptured, fetterless and free;
The vision infinite to me grows clearer,
I touch the fringes of eternity.

Give Me, O Lord, an Understanding Heart
Music by Orlando Gibbons
Lyrics by James J. Rome

Give me, O Lord, an understanding heart,
That I may learn to know myself in Thee,
To spurn the wrong and choose the better part
And thus from sinful bondage be set free.

Give me, O Lord, a meek and contrite heart,
That I may learn to quell all selfish pride,
Bowing before Thee, see Thee as Thou art
And ‘neath Thy sheltering presence safely hide.

Give me, O Lord, a gentle, loving heart,
That I may learn to be more tender, kind,
And with Thy healing touch, each wound and smart
With Christly bands of Love and Truth to bind.

He That Hath God His Guardian Made
Music by John E. Gould, arranged by Walter E. Young
Lyrics from Psalm 91

He that hath God his guardian made,
Shall underneath th’ Almighty’s shade
Fearless and undisturbed abide;
Thus to myself of Him I’ll say,
He is my fortress, shield and stay,
My God; in Him I will confide.

His tender love and watchful care
Shall free thee from the fowler’s snare,
From every harm and pestilence.
He over thee His wings shall spread
To cover thy unguarded head.
His truth shall be thy strong defense.

He gives His angels charge o’er thee,
No evil therefore shalt thou see;
Thy refuge shall be God most high;
Dwelling within His secret place,
Thou shalt behold His power and grace,
See His salvation ever nigh.

Holy, Holy, Holy
Music by John B. Dykes
Lyrics by Reginald Herber

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty,
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee.
Holy, Holy, Holy, merciful and mighty,
Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, Holy, Holy, darkness cannot hide Thee,
Though the eyes of sinful men Thy glory cannot see.
Thou alone art holy, there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty,
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth, and sky and sea;
Holy, Holy, Holy, merciful and mighty,
Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

I Know No Life Divided
Music by William H. Monk
Lyrics by Carl J. P. Spitta and Richard Massie, Tr.

I know no life divided, O Lord of life, from Thee;
In Thee is life provided for all mankind and me:
I know no death, O Father, because I live in Thee;
Thy life it is that frees us from death eternally.

I fear no tribulation, since, whatsoe’er it be,
It makes no separation between my Lord and me:
Since Thou, my God and Father, dost claim me as Thine own,
I richly shall inherit all good, from Thee alone.

I Love to Tell the Story
Music by William G. Fischer
Lyrics by Katherine Hankey

I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love,
I love to tell the story because I know ’tis true,
It satisfies my longing as nothing else can do.

I love to tell the story,
It is my theme in glory
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.

I love to tell the story, ’tis pleasant to repeat
What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
The message of salvation from God’s own holy word.


I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest,
I love to tell the story, to sing the new, new song
That is the old, old story that I have loved so long.


In Atmosphere of Love Divine
Music by Robert P. Stuart
Lyrics by Unknown

In atmosphere of Love divine, we live, and move, and breathe;
Though mortal eyes may see it not, ’tis sense that would deceive.

The mortal sense we must destroy, if we would bring to light
The wonders of eternal Mind, where sense is lost in sight.

For God, immortal Principle, is with us everywhere;
He holds us perfect in His love, and we His image bear.

In Heavenly Love Abiding
Music by Alexander Ewing
Lyrics by Anna L. Waring

In heavenly Love abiding, no change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding, for nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me, my heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me, and can I be dismayed?

Wherever He may guide me, no want shall turn me back;
My Shepherd is beside me, and nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waketh, his sight is never dim;
He knows the way He taketh, and I will walk with Him.

Green pastures are before me, which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o’er me, where darkest clouds have been.
My hope I cannot measure, my path in life is free;
My Father has my treasure, and He will walk with me.

It Matters Not (Satisfied)
Music by John Stainer
Lyrics by Mary Baker Eddy

It matters not what be thy lot, so Love doth guide;
For storm or shine, pure peace is thine, whate’er betide.

And of these stones, or tyrants’ thrones, god able is
o raise up seed—in thought and deed— to faithful His.

Aye, darkling sense, arise, go hence! Our God is good.
False fears are foes—truth tatters those, when understood.

Love looseth thee, and lifteth me, ayont hate’s thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might, and God is All.

The centuries break, the earth-bound wake, God’s glorified!
Who doth His will—His likeness still— is satisfied.

Nearer My God to Thee
Music by Lowell Mason
Lyrics by Sarah Flower Adams

Nearer, my God, to Thee, Nearer to Thee:
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be,

Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I’d be


There let the way appear, steps unto heaven;
All that Thou sendest me in mercy given;
Angels to beckon me


Then, with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be


Or if on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly,
Still all my song shall be,


O Gentle Presence (Mother’s Evening Prayer)
Music by Andreas P. Berggreen
Lyrics by Mary Baker Eddy

O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;
O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,
Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight!
Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.

Love is our refuge; only with mine eye
Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall:
His habitation high is here, and nigh,
His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.

O make me glad for every scalding tear,
For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain!
Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear
No ill,—since God is good, and loss is gain.

Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing;
In that sweet secret of the narrow way,
Seeking and finding, with the angels sing:
“Lo, I am with you alway,”—watch and pray.

No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain;
No night drops down upon the troubled breast,
When heaven’s aftersmile earth’s tear-drops gain,
And mother finds her home and heav’nly rest.

O Lord, I Would Delight in Thee
Music by Henry Hiles
Lyrics by John Ryland

O Lord, I would delight in Thee, and on Thy care depend;
To Thee in every trouble flee, my best, my ever Friend.

When all material streams are dried, thy fullness is the same;
May I with this be satisfied, and glory in Thy name.

All good, where’er it may be found, its source doth find in Thee;
I must have all things and abound, while God is God to me.

O that I had a stronger faith, to look within the veil,
To credit what my Saviour saith, whose word can never fail.

He that has made my heaven secure, will here all good provide;
While Christ is rich, can I be poor? What can I want beside?

O God, I cast my care on Thee; I triumph and adore;
Henceforth my great concern shall be to love and praise Thee more.

O Tender, Loving Shepherd
Music by Arthur S. Sullivan
Lyrics by Frederic W. Root

O tender, loving Shepherd, we long to follow thee,
To follow where thou leadest, though rough the path may be;
Though dark and heavy shadows enshroud the way with gloom,
We know that Love will guide us, and safely lead us home.

We know, beloved Shepherd, the path that thou hast trod
Leads ever out of darkness, and on and up to God.
If from that path we wander, and far astray we roam,
O, call us, faithful Shepherd, and bring us safely home.

Throughout the way, dear Shepherd, Thy strong hand doth uphold;
The weary ones, at nightfall, Thou gently dost enfold.
And when to Truth’s green pastures with joy at length we come,
There shall we find, O Shepherd, our blest, eternal home.

Still, Still with Thee
Music by John B. Dykes
Lyrics by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Still, still with Thee when purple morning breaketh,
When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee,
Fairer than morning, lovelier than the daylight,
Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.

Alone with Thee, amid the changing shadows,
Solemn the hush of nature, newly born;
Alone with Thee, in breathless adoration,
In the calm dew and freshness of the morn.

So shall it ever be in the bright morning,
When hearts awaking see the shadows flee,
O, in that hour, and fairer than the dawning,
Rises the glorious thought, I am with Thee.

Take My Life, and Let It Be
Music by George Frideric Handel
Lyrics by Frances R. Havergal

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.

Take my every thought, to use in the way that Thou shalt choose.
Take my love; O Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
I am Thine, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.

Through the Love of God Our Savior
Music from a Traditional Welsh Melody
Lyrics adapted by Mary Peters

Through the love of God our Saviour
All will be well;
Free and changeless is His favor;
All must be well;
Precious is the Love that healed us,
Perfect is the grace that sealed us,
Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us;
All, all is well.

Though we pass through tribulation,
All will be well;
Ours is such a full salvation,
All must be well;
Happy still, in God confiding,
Fruitful, when in Christ abiding,
Holy, through the Spirit’s guiding;
All, all is well.

We expect a bright tomorrow,
All will be well;
Faith can sing through days of sorrow,
All must be well;
While His truth we are applying,
And upon His love relying,
God is every need supplying,
All, all is well.

Trust the Eternal
Lyrics by William P. McKenzie
Music arr. by Peter J. Hodgson

Trust the Eternal when the shadows gather,
When joys of daylight seem so like a dream;
God the unchanging pities like a father;
Trust on and wait, the daystar yet shall gleam.

Trust the Eternal, for the clouds that vanish
No more can move the mountains from their base
Than sin’s illusive wreaths of mist can banish
Light from His throne or loving from His face.

Trust the Eternal, and repent in meekness
Of what heart’s pride that will not yield,
Then to thy child-heart shall come strength in weakness,
And thine immortal life shall be revealed,
And thine immortal life shall be revealed.