Pray and Earnestly Plead

Do sin and guilt oppress thee sore?

Author: E. A. Hoffman
Tune: [Do sin and guilt oppress thee sore?]
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1 Do sin and guilt oppress thee sore?
Go to the Lord in prayer;
And, bowing at his throne of grace,
He'll bless and save thee there.

Chorus:
Pray, brother, believing!
Plead earnestly, plead!
Remember Christ is ever near
To help in time of need.

2 Do doubts and fears distress thy heart,
Or clouds obscure thy way;
Do strong temptations baffle thee?
Forget not, then, to pray. [Chorus]

3 In the dark hour of grief and pain,
When joy is fled away,
Seek thou the mercy-seat again;
Then is the time to pray. [Chorus]

4 When dawns the solemn hour of death,
When closes life's short day,
Renouncing there thy latest breath,
Trust in the Lord, and pray. [Chorus]

Author: E. A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Do sin and guilt oppress thee sore?
Title: Pray and Earnestly Plead
Author: E. A. Hoffman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Pray, brother, believing!
Publication Date: 1883
Notes: "Behold, the Lord God will help thee."—Isaiah 50: 9.
Copyright: Public domain.

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