Be With Us, Gracious Lord

Be with us, gracious Lord, today

Author: Charles Dent Bell
Published in 6 hymnals

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1. Be with us, gracious Lord, today;
This house we dedicate to Thee;
O hear Thy servants as they pray,
And let Thine ear attentive be!

2. Within these walls let holy peace,
Let love and truth be always found;
May burdened hearts and sweet release,
And souls with richest grace be crowned.

3. May here be heard the suppliant’s sigh,
The weary enter into rest;
Here may the contrite to Thee cry,
And waiting souls be richly blessed.

4. Here when the Gospel sound is heard,
And here proclaimed the saving name,
May hearts be quickened, moved and stirred,
And souls be kindled into flame.

5. Here may the dead be made to live,
The dumb to sing, the deaf to hear;
And do Thou to the humble give
Pardon and peace instead of fear.

6. Make this, O Lord, Thine own abode;
Thy presence in these courts be giv’n;
Be this, indeed, the house of God,
And this in truth the gate of Heav’n.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #696

Author: Charles Dent Bell

Bell, Charles Dent, D.D., son of Henry Humphrey Bell, born at Warwick Lodge, Magherafelt, Ireland, on 10th February, 1818, and educated at the Royal Academy, Edinburgh, and the Royal School, Dungannon, and Trinity College, Dublin, graduating B.A., 1842, M.A., 1852, and D.D., 1878. Having taken Holy Orders, he was successively Curate of Hampton in Arden, and St. Mary's Chapel, Reading, and of St. Mary-in-the-Castle, Hastings, 1846; Incumbent of St. John's Chapel, Hampstead, 1854; Vicar of Ambleside, 1861; with Rydal, 1872; and Rector of Cheltenham, 1872. In 1869 he was also appointed Hon. Canon of Carlisle Cathedral. Dr. Bell's works include Night Scenes from the Bible, 1861; Hills that bring Peace, 1872; The Saintly Calling, 1873; Voices… Go to person page >

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First Line: Be with us, gracious Lord, today
Title: Be With Us, Gracious Lord
Author: Charles Dent Bell
Source: Appendix to Dr. Walker's Cheltenham Poems and Hymns, 1873.
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


ANTWERP (Smallwood)


The original version of WINCHESTER NEW appeared in Musikalisches Handbuch der geistlichen Melodien, published in Hamburg, Germany, in 1690 by Georg Wittwe. It was set to the text “Wer nur den lieben Gott” (see 446). An expanded version of the tune was a setting for "Dir, dir Jehova" (see 203) in…

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QUEBEC (Baker)

Henry Baker (b. Nuneham, Oxfordshire, England, 1835; d. Wimbledon, England, 1910; not to be confused with Henry W. Baker) was educated as a civil engineer at Winchester and Cooper's Hill and was active in railroad building in India. In 1867 he completed a music degree at Exeter College, Oxford, Engl…

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