Gracious Lord, incline thine ear

Gracious Lord, incline thine ear

Author: William Hammond
Published in 71 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Gracious Lord, incline thine ear!
My requests vouchsafe to hear;
Hear my never-ceasing cry;
Give me Christ, or else I die.

2 Lord deny me what thou wilt,
Only ease me of my guilt:
Suppliant at thy feet I lie,
Give me Christ, or else I die.

3 All unholy and unclean,
I am nothing else but sin;
On thy mercy I rely,
Give me Christ, or else I die.

4 Thou dost freely save the lost;
In thy grace alone I trust:
With my earnest suit comply;
Give me Christ, or else I die.

5 Father, dost thou seem to frown?
Let me shelter in thy Son?
Jesus! to thine arms I fly;
Come and save me, or I die.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #281

Author: William Hammond

Hammond, William, B.A, born at Battle, Sussex, Jan. 6, 1719, and educated at St. John's College, Cambridge. In 1743 he joined the Calvinistic Methodists; and in 1745, the Moravian Brethren. He died in London, Aug. 19, 1783, and was buried in the Moravian burial-ground, Sloane Street, Chelsea. He left an Autobiography in Greek, which remains unpublished. His original hymns, together with his translations from the Latin, were published in his:— Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs. To which is prefix'd A Preface, giving some Account of a Weak Faith, and a Full Assurance of Faith; and briefly stating the Doctrine of Sanctification; and shewing a Christian's Completeness, Perfection, and Happiness in Christ. By William Hammond, A.B., late of… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Gracious Lord, incline thine ear
Author: William Hammond
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Gracious Lord, incline Thine ear. W. Hammond. [Christ desired.] First published in his Psalms & Hymns, 1745, p. 258, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "I am sick of love. Cant. ii. 5," the opening stanza reading: —

“Gracious Lord, incline Thine Ear,
My Complaint vouchsafe to hear;
Faint and Sick of Love am I,
Give me Christ, or else I die."

In 1787 Dr. Rippon, on including the hymn in his Baptist Selection, No. 296, omitted stanzas ii., vii. and ix., and re-wrote stanza i., thus:—

"Gracious Lord, incline Thine ear,
My request vouchsafe to hear;
Hear my never-ceasing cry;—
Give me Christ, or else I die."

This form of the hymn is in use amongst the Baptists, both in England and America. Another form in 6 stanzas (omitting stanzas ii., vi., vii., ix. was given in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody,1833, No. 644, with stanza i. as:—

“Gracious Lord, incline Thine ear,
My request vouchsafe to hear;
Burden'd with my sins I cry,
Give me Christ, or else I die."

This form of the hymn is in limited use in the Church of England.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors #84

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #288

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #CCLXXXVIII

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #288

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Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns #92

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians. 9th ed. #d65

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Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship #510

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Hymns of the "Jubilee Harp" #a363

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #281

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Hymns, Selected and Original #281

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Hymns #281

Revival Hymns #d54

Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d87

Revival Hymns. 4th ed. #d33

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #399

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #137.399

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The Baptist Hymn Book #399

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The Baptist Hymn Book #729

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The Baptist Psalmody #462

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The Canadian Baptist Hymn Book #327

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The Christian Harmonist #143

The Christian Hymn Book #d203

The Christian Hymn Book (Ohio Auglaize Christian Conference) #d87

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d205

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The Christian Hymn-Book (Corr. and Enl., 3rd. ed.) #53

The Christian Lyre #d117

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The Christian Psalmist #S78

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The Christian's Duty #XCII

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The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns #XCII

The Church Hymn Book #d305

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The Jubilee Harp #363

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The Praise Offering #27

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The Psalmist #S44

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #1014a

The Sacred Lute #d111

The Sacred Songster. 5th ed. #d62

The Soldier's Hymn Book. 2nd ed. #d74

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The Zion Songster #131

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The Zion Songster #131

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Zion's Songster #20

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