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Faint Falls the Gentle Voice of Prayer

Faint falls the gentle voice of prayer

Author: Henry Timrod (1864)
Published in 1 hymnal

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1. Faint falls the gentle voice of prayer,
In the wild sounds that fill the air,
Yet, Lord, we know that voice is heard,
Not less than if Thy throne it stirred.

2. Thine ear, Thou tender One, is caught,
If we but bend the knee in thought;
No choral song that shakes the sky
Floats farther than the Christian’s sigh.

3. Not all the darkness of the land
Can hide the lifted eye and hand;
Nor need the clanging conflict cease,
To make Thee hear our cries for peace.

Author: Henry Timrod

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Text Information

First Line: Faint falls the gentle voice of prayer
Title: Faint Falls the Gentle Voice of Prayer
Author: Henry Timrod (1864)
Language: English
Notes: This hymn was written during the American civil war, giving special poignancy to the last verse's plea for peace.
Copyright: Public Domain


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