Funeral MusicHymns for Funerals

Singing together can be uplifting, bonding and cathartic. Choose hymns and songs whose words or melody bring to mind the person you are remembering. It might be their favourite tune or the lyrics might express a sentiment that encapsulates their personality and life.

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  • J E Rankin (1828-1904)
God be with you till we meet again;
By his counsels guide, uphold you,
With his sheep securely fold you:
God be with you till …

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  • J Pollard
Beyond the sunset’s radiant glow
There is a brighter world, I know,
Where golden glories ever shine,
Beyond the thought of day’s decline.  Beyond the sunset’s …

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  • S F Adams (1805-48)
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 …

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  • Scottish Psalter (1650) Music: J Irvine (1836-87)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want; 
He makes me down to lie 
In pastures green; he leadeth me 
The quiet waters by. My soul he …

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  • C G Boberg (1859-1940)
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, 
Consider all the works thy hands have made; 
I see the stars, I hear the mighty …

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  • A M Toplady (1740-78)
Rock of ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From thy riven side which flowed,
Be …

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  • F S Pierpoint (1835-1917)
For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies:

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  • Words: H F Lyte (1793-1847) Music: J Goss (1800-80)
Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven;
To his feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like me his praise should sing?
Praise …

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  • J M C Crum (1872-1958)
Due to copyright restrictions, we are unable to reproduce the words for this hymn.  For more information, please go to Oxford University Press.

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  • E Farjeon (1881-1965)
Morning has broken
Like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird.
Praise for the singing,
Praise for the morning
Praise for them …

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  • I Watts (1674-1748)
O God, our help in ages past, 
Our hope for years to come, 
Our shelter from the stormy blast, 
And our eternal home; Under the shadow …

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  • P J Owens (1829-1907)
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables …

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  • C Wesley (1707-88)
Love divine, all loves excelling, 
Joy of heaven, to earth come down, 
Fix in us thy humble dwelling, 
All thy faithful mercies crown. 
Jesu, thou …

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  • Words: H F Lyte (1793-1847) Music: W H Monk (1823-89)
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide;
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, …

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  • Sydney Carter (1915-2004)
I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun;
And I came …

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  • F J Crosby (1820-1915)
On the happy, golden shore,
Where the faithful part no more,
When the storms of life are o’er
Meet me there,
Where the night dissolves …

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  • M Bridges (1800-94)
My God, accept my heart this day,
And make it always thine,
That I from Thee no more may stray,
No more from thee decline.  Before …

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  • Words: W A Fisher Music: Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) Symphony No 9
Going home, going home,
I’m just going home.
Quiet-like, slip away-
I’ll be going home.
It’s not far, just close by;
Jesus is the Door;
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  • Words: J Whittier (1807-92) Music: C Hubert H Parry (1848-1918)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind, 
Forgive our foolish ways!
Re-clothe us in our rightful mind, 
In purer lives thy service find, 
In deeper reverence …

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  • A L Waring (1823-1910)
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,
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  • Words: C F Alexander (1818-95) Music: adapted by M Shaw (1875-1958)
All things bright and beautiful, 
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, 
The Lord God made them all. Each little flower that opens, 
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  • J Newton (1725-1807)
Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch; like me! 
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I …

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  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1889)
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea. But …

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  • Words: G Matheson (1842-1906) Music: Dr A L Peace
O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in …

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  • Words: W Williams (1717-91) Music: J Hughes (1873-1932)
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty,
Hold me with thy powerful hand:
Bread …

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  • D J Evans
Be still for the presence of the Lord, 
The Holy One is here
Come bow before Him now, 
With reverence and fear
In Him no …

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  • W Charlmers Smith (1824-1908)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, thy great name …

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  • J Struther (1901-53)
Due to copyright restrictions, we are unable to reproduce the words for this hymn.  For more information, please go to Oxford University Press.

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  • Words: J Keble (1792-1866) & others Music: W H Havergal (1793-1870)
Blest are the pure in heart,
For they shall see our God;
The secret of the Lord is theirs,
Their soul is Christ’s abode.  The Lord, …

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  • J Ellerton (1826-93)
The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at thy behest;
To thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.  We …

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  • J H Newman (1801-90)
Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on;
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead Thou me on;
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  • Sir H W Baker (1821-77)
The King of love my shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
And he is mine for ever.  Where streams …

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  • Words: W Blake (1757-1827) Music: C Hubert H Parry (1848-1918)
And did those feet in ancient time 
Walk upon England’s mountains green? 
And was the holy Lamb of God 
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
And …

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  • C Wesley (1707-88)
Jesu, lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high:
Hide me, O …

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  • Words: J Edmeston (1791-1867)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us 
O’er the world’s tempestuous sea; 
Guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us, 
For we have no help but …

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  • T O Chilsholm (1866-1960)
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; 
There is no shadow of turning with thee; 
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; 
As …

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  • M Byrne (1880-1931) versified E Hull (1860-1935)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
Be all else but naught to me, save that thou art,
Be thou my best thought …

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