1 Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Unuttered or exprest,
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.
2 Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near.
3 Prayer is the simplest form of speech
That infant lips can try;
Prayer the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on high.
4 Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice
Returning from his ways,
While angels in their songs rejoice
And cry, "Behold, he prays!"
5 Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,
The Christian's native air,
His watchword at the gates of death--
He enters heaven with pray'r.
6 The saints in prayer appear as one
In word and deed and mind,
While with the Father and the Son
Sweet fellowship they find.
7 Nor prayer is made by man alone--
The Holy Spirit pleads,
And Jesus on th'eternal throne
For sinners intercedes.
8 O Thou, by whom we come to God,
The Life, the Truth, the Way,
The path of prayer Thyself hast trod--
Lord, teach us how to pray.
|First Line:||Prayer is the soul's sincere desire|
|Title:||Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire|
|Author:||James Montgomery (1818, alt.)|
|Source:||"Psalmody," John Chetham, 1718|