116C. I Love the Lord; He Heard My Cry

1 I love the Lord; he heard my cry
and pitied every groan.
Long as I live and troubles rise,
I’ll hasten to his throne.

2 I love the Lord; he heard my cry
and chased my grief away.
O let my heart no more despair
while I have breath to pray.

Text Information
First Line: I love the Lord; he heard my cry
Title: I Love the Lord; He Heard My Cry
Author: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
Publication Date: 2012
Topic: Affliction; Atonement; Biblical Names and Places: Jerusalem (48 more...)
Tune Information
Name: [I Love the Lord, He heard my cry]
Harmonizer: Richard Smallwood, b. 1948
Arranger: David Maddux
Key: C Major
Source: Afro-American spiritual
Copyright: Harm. © 1975, 2003 Century Oak Publishing Group/Richwood Music, admin. Conexion media Group, Inc;
Notes: It can be effective to sing this Afro-American spiritual very slowly, taking a generous breath at the end of every phrase and even before the final two words of each stanza (e.g., “I’ll hasten to . . . [breath] his throne”). The two stanzas can be used to frame a portion of the psalm or intercessory prayers.

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