I knew my Lord Jesus (Richard Irwin)
- Editor: Richard Irwin (submitted 2008-08-29). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 64 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Arranged for unison voices with Flute and Strings. Words and arrangement by Richard Irwin. Tune traditional Scottish: Bridget O'Malley
First published: 2008
Description: Arrangement and lyrics by Richard M S Irwin. One of the churches of the Ridgeway Benefice is the parish church of Ogbourne St. Andrew. When looking for a hymn to celebrate the Patronal Festival of St. Andrew, no suitable hymn could be found, so "I knew my Lord Jesus" was written for the occasion. The hymn is written as if the words were spoken by St Andrew and the association was with Scotland "a long way from home" for a Galilean. The tune is a traditional Gaelic melody which may be called "Bridget O'Malley" originally.
Original text and translations
I knew my Lord Jesus in lands far away,
in the land of the Jordan and David's bright throne.
My Lord he did send me to bring all the good news,
to heal and forgive where ever I roam.
I know my Lord Jesus and walk with him daily
through the fields and the forest, a long way from home.
My Lord, he is with me, as I preach of his love;
in God's grace on earth, I am never alone.
So meet my Lord Jesus and walk with him gladly
and bring peace and his blessing ever into your home.
Our Lord, he is with us, our friend and redeemer,
so smile now and laugh, we are never alone.