Heal us, Emmanuel, here we stand

Heal us, Emmanuel, here we stand

Author: William Cowper
Published in 62 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Heal us, Emmanuel, here we stand,
Waiting to feel thy touch;
To wounded souls stretch forth thy hand,
Blest Saviour, we are such.

2 Our faith is weak, our strength is small,
We faintly trust thy word;
Sure thou wilt hear the mourner call
And say," behold thy Lord."

3 Thou pitiedst him who once applied
With trembling for relief;
"Lord, I believe," with tears he cried,
"O help my unbelief."

4 She too, who touched thee in the press,
And healing virtue stole,
Was answered, "Daughter, go in peace,
Thy faith hath made thee whole."

5 Like her, with hopes and fears we come,
To touch thee if we may;
Oh! send us not despairing home,
Send none unhealed away.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: William Cowper

William Cowper (pronounced "Cooper"; b. Berkampstead, Hertfordshire, England, 1731; d. East Dereham, Norfolk, England, 1800) is regarded as one of the best early Romantic poets. To biographers he is also known as "mad Cowper." His literary talents produced some of the finest English hymn texts, but his chronic depression accounts for the somber tone of many of those texts. Educated to become an attorney, Cowper was called to the bar in 1754 but never practiced law. In 1763 he had the opportunity to become a clerk for the House of Lords, but the dread of the required public examination triggered his tendency to depression, and he attempted suicide. His subsequent hospitalization and friendship with Morley and Mary Unwin provided emotional st… Go to person page >

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First Line: Heal us, Emmanuel, here we stand
Author: William Cowper
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



DUNFERMLINE is one of the "common" tunes from Andro Hart's psalter The CL Psalms of David, Edinburgh (l615)–a "common" tune was one that was not matched with a specific text in a songbook. Millar Patrick, author of Four Centuries of Scottish Psalmody (London, 1949) and The Story of the Church's So…

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