Category: Lyrics and Songs

Holy God We Praise Thy Name

Holy God We Praise Thy Name

Holy God, we praise thy name,
Lord of All, we bow before thee;
All on Earth thy sceptre claim,
All in Heaven above adore thee;
Infinite thy vast domain,
Everlasting is thy reign;
Infinite thy vast domain,
Everlasting is thy reign.

Hark the loud celestial hymn,
Angel choirs above are raising;
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the Heavens with sweet accord;
“Holy, holy holy Lord.”
Fill the Heavens with sweet accord;
“Holy, holy holy Lord.”



Ar hyd y nos

Holl amrantau’r sêr ddywedant
Ar hyd y nos
“Dyma’r ffordd i fro gogoniant,”
Ar hyd y nos.
Golau arall yw tywyllwch
I arddangos gwir brydferthwch
Teulu’r nefoedd mewn tawelwch
Ar hyd y nos.

O mor siriol, gwena seren
Ar hyd y nos
I oleuo’i chwaer ddaearen
Ar hyd y nos.
Nos yw henaint pan ddaw cystudd
Ond i harddu dyn a’i hwyrddydd
Rhown ein golau gwan i’n gilydd
Ar hyd y nos.

All the stars’ twinkles say
All through the night
“This is the way to the realm of glory,”
All through the night.
Darkness is another light
That exposes true beauty
The Heavenly family in peace
All through the night.

O, how cheerful smiles the star,
All through the night
To light its earthly sister
All through the night.
Old age is night when affliction comes
But to beautify man in his late days
We’ll put our weak light together
All through the night.



On To Bethlehem Town (Tua Bethlem Dref)

On to Bethlehem Town;
Join the crowd and travel down;
Down the road that leads us to the cradle.
Come all who are able.
Come, come to the stable with hearts full of joy,
As we kneel and pray.
Come and see the child,
With his mother Mary mild.
Come along and worship at the cradle.

There we’ll see the boy;
Hearts aglow with boundless joy;
In the everlasting word.
We will bow before Him.
Come, come and adore Him.
Bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
On to see Bethlehem Town;
Join the crowd and travel down.
Down the road that leads us to the cradle.

Arrangement Copyright Feb 1995 Dean C. Young
From ‘Tua Bethlem Dref’ used in Child’s Christmas in Wales


O Holy Night

O Holy Night


The words and lyrics of the old carol ‘O Holy Night’ were written by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure in 1847. Cappeau was a wine seller by trade but was asked by the parish priest to write a poem for Christmas. He obliged and wrote the beautiful words of the hymn. He then realised that it should have music to accompany the words and he approached his friend Adolphe Charles Adams(1803-1856). He agreed and the music for the poem was therefore composed by Adolphe Charles Adams. Adolphe had attended the Paris conservatoire and forged a brilliant career as a composer.

It was translated into English by John Sullivan Dwight (1812-1893).

O Holy Night
Christmas Carol Lyrics

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O holy night, O night divine!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!


From a CD released by Turtlehill as a Sangha in the spring of 2007 entitled VAJRA ROCK IN PRAISE OF THE LOTUS BORN – A FIRST OFFERING in GRATITUDE & ECSTATIC CELEBRATION OF THE WISDOM AND COMPASSION OF GURU PADMASAMBHVA. These are original, devotional songs presented freely as an offering for all sentient beings. Downloads are zipped and encoded in .mp3 format @ 192k. Total Download Size: 59Mb.

These twelve syllables are the heart-mantra of Padmasambhava.

HH. The Dalai Lama
HH. The Dalai Lama

The original songs can be downloaded free from Tutlehill.

Wish-Fulfilling Gem

This is an inspiring English translation of a traditional Tibetan prayer known as Calling the Lama from Afar, composed by Jamgon Kongtrul (1813-1899). The purpose of these words of wisdom is to strengthen the bond of the caller with the spiritual lineage of wisdom teachers, as well as with those positive influences in his or her life who may live at a distance, and with the deceased or those who can only be seen in person occasionally. These words will also intensify devotion of the caller and give voice to the longing for full awakening and the liberation of all beings from suffering, and turning his or her mind towards its transcendent source.


Glorious Lama dispelling the darkness of ignorance
Revealing the path of liberation
Wish-fulfilling Gem

Lama, think of me
Lama, think of me
You who know
Lama think of me

Glorious Lama salvation from samsaric ocean
Dispelling  the sickness of five poisons
Wish-fulfilling Gem

Palden Lama, please bless me
To recall death and impermanence sincerely
To generate contentment within
To dwell in isolation in samadhi

Palden Lama, please bless me
To practice free of any interruption
To see the path of liberation in obstructions
To instantly achieve my own and others’ welfare

Please bless me now
Blessing me this instant
Blessing here upon this very (cushion)
Please bless me now
Blessing me this instant
Blessing this entire (situation)!

The original song can be download free from the Turtlehill website.