Hymn for St. Nicholas
From every land and every age
We sing of those who bravely wage
The saintly fight with Spirit's sword
In mighty battle for the Lord.
Saint Nicholas the Shepherd true
Who brought his flock to faith anew,
Now by his prayers and faith secure
Draws us, for Jesus to endure.
Now we rejoice on this his day
For in his life, in Christ's sure way,
He saved thy children from their plight,
Defeated sin, put fear to flight.
And we, like sailors lost at sea,
Recall our saint, for surely he
Our patron, points us to the Lord
by whom all sinners are restored.
Now in this church we raise our cry
To God the King of Saints on high.
And pray that, with our Patron, we
May one day God in glory see.
Words: Martin Smith
Tune: VOM HIMMEL HOCH LM
Musical notation PDF
This hymn, written when the Revd Canon Martin Smith was Vicar, is sung at the Patronal Festival service of St Nicholas Parish Church in North Walsham, Norfolk.
Mp3 file courtesy of Jennifer Wolfe and the Hope College Music Department.