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Quarry Street Hymnal, Volume 1

by Quarry Street Hymnal

Nikolaus von Zinzendorf & Johann Nitschmann, 1735 translated by John Wesley, 1740 I thirst, thou wounded Lamb of God, to wash me in thy cleansing blood, to dwell within thy wounds; then pain is sweet, and life or death is gain. Take my poor heart and let it be forever closed to all but thee! Seal thou my breast and let me wear that pledge of love forever there. How blest are they who still abide close sheltered in thy bleeding side, who life and strength from thence derive, and by thee move, and in thee live. What are our works but sin and death 'til thou thy quick’ning Spirit breathe? Thou giv’st the power thy grace to move; 0 wondrous grace! 0 boundless love! Hence our hearts melt, our eyes o'erflow, our words are lost, nor will we know, nor will we think of ought beside my Lord, my Love, is crucified.
Latin, 6th century translated by John Mason Neale, 1851 The Lamb's high banquet we await in snow-white robes of royal state, and now, the Red Sea's channel passed, to Christ, our Prince, we sing at last. Upon the altar of the cross, his body hath redeemed our loss, and tasting of his roseate blood, our life is hid with him in God. That paschal eve God's arm was bared; the devastating angel spared: by strength of hand our hosts went free from Pharaoh's ruthless tyranny. Now Christ, our paschal Lamb, is slain, the Lamb of God that knows no stain, the true oblation offered here, our own unleavened bread sincere. O thou from whom hell's monarch flies, O great, O very sacrifice, thy captive people are set free, and endless life restored in thee. For Christ, arising from the dead, from conquered hell victorious sped, and thrust the tyrant down to chains, and paradise for man regains. We pray thee, King with glory decked, in this, our paschal joy, protect from all that death would fain effect thy ransomed flock, thine own elect. To thee who, dead, again dost live, all glory, Lord, thy people give, all glory, as is every meet, to Father and to Paraclete.


Quarry Street Hymnal is a sacred music project of Bethany Brooks, classical pianist (MMus, Royal Academy of Music, London) and keyboard player and vocalist of the Philadelphia roots music scene (Wissahickon Chicken Shack, Joe D’Amico Band, The Great Unknown). A life-long hymn-lover, Bethany began writing new music for old hymn texts in 1997. Quarry Street Hymnal, Volume 1, the first studio recording of this material, was produced by Jeff Hiatt at Turtle Studios. The arrangements and the rotating cast of eleven fellow-musicians draw from her numerous folk music collaborations and her alter ego as a classical pianist and chamber musician.


released November 1, 2012

Recordings and liner notes © 2012 Bethany R. Brooks. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Latin, 6th century - translated by John Mason Neale, 1851
Bethany Brooks: accordion, vocal
Brad Hinton: vocal
Michael McShane: vocal
Joe D'Amico: mandolin
Kiley Ryan: violin
Jack Byers: acoustic guitar
Philip D'Agostino: double-bass
Fred Berman: drums

Nikolaus von Zinzendorf & Johann Nitschmann, 1735
translated by John Wesley, 1740
Bethany Brooks: piano, vocal
Brad Hinton: acoustic guitar, vocal

All music composed by Bethany Brooks (Bethy’s Knees/ASCAP)
All texts public domain

Produced & engineered by Jeff Hiatt
Associate producer Jay Levin
Mastered by John Baker
Photography by Lisa Schaffer
Art direction by Alec Meltzer
Recorded & mixed at Turtle Studios, Philadelphia


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