Gracious Lord, I need thy presence

Gracious Lord, I need thy presence

Author: Henry J. Zelley
Tune: [Gracious Lord, I need thy presence]
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 Gracious Lord, I need Thy presence,
At Thy feet I bow;
Hear the prayer I humbly offer,
Hear and answer now.

Refrain:
Hear me, Lord, and quickly answer,
As I cling to thee;
Make me what, in my best moments,
I would like to be.

2 Long I’ve sought the Spirit’s fullness,
But my faith was weak;
Now I come with humble boldness,
Answer while I speak. [Refrain]

3 Help me reach the goal before me,
As I strive and pray;
Help me press with holy purpose,
Up the heav’nly way. [Refrain]

Source: Hymns of the Kingdom: for use in religious meetings #103

Author: Henry J. Zelley

Henry Jeffreys Zelley was born at Mt. Holly, NJ, on Mar. 15, 1859. Educated in the Mt. Holly public schools, at Pennington Seminary, and at Taylor University, where he earned his M. A., Ph. D., and D. D. degrees, he became a Methodist minister in 1882 and first served in the New Jersey Conference as a statistical secretary, treasurer, and trustee, becoming a promoter of the campmeeting movement. Noted for his evangelistic fervor, Zelley produced over 1500 poems, hymns, and gospel songs. One of his songs, "He Brought Me Out" with music by Henry L. Gilmour, appears in several denominational hymnals. Cyberhymnal also lists "When Israel Out of Bondage Came" or "He Rolled the Sea Away" with music by Gilmour too. Another of Zelley’s so… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Gracious Lord, I need thy presence
Author: Henry J. Zelley
Refrain First Line: Hear me Lord, and quickly answer



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