1 Sweet is the prayer whose holy stream
In earnest pleading flows;
Devotion dwells upon the theme,
And warm and warmer glows.
2 Faith grasps the blessing she desires;
Hope points the upward gaze;
And Love, celestial Love inspires
The eloquence of praise.
3 But sweeter far the still small voice
Unheard by human ear,
When God has made the heart rejoice
And dried the bitter tear.
4 No accents flow, no words ascend;
All utterance faileth there;
But sainted spirits comprehend,
And God accepts the prayer.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #729