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Hear our prayer, O Heavenly Father

Hear our prayer, O Heavenly Father, Ere we lay us down to sleep

Author: Harriet Parr
Published in 70 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

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1 Hear my prayer, O Heavenly Father,
Ere I lay me down to sleep;
Bid Thy angels, pure and holy,
Round my bed their vigil keep.

2 Great my sins are, but Thy mercy
Far outweighs them everyone;
Down before Thy cross I cast them,
Trusting in Thy help alone.

3 Keep me, through this night of peril,
Underneath its boundless shade;
Take me to Thy rest, I pray Thee,
When my pilgrimage is made.

4 None shall measure out Thy patience,
By the span of human thought;
None shall bound the tender mercies
Which Thy Holy Son hath wrought.

5 Pardon all my past transgressions;
Give me strength for days to come;
Guide and guard me with Thy blessing,
Till Thine angels bid me home.


Source: Hymnal and Order of Service: for churches and Sunday-schools #178

Author: Harriet Parr

Pseudonym: Holme Lee Parr, Harriet, was born at York in 1828, and has published several works under the nom de plume of "Holme Lee," including Maude Talbot, 1854; Sylvan Holt’s Daughter, 1858; Warp and Woof, 1861; Mr. Wynyard's Ward, 1867; and several other works of fiction. Miss Parr is known to hymnology by one hymn only, viz.:— Hear my [our] prayer, 0 heavenly Father. Evening. This beautiful and pathetic hymn appeared in her story The Wreck of the Golden Mary, which was the Christmas number of Charles Dickens's Household Words, 1856. The way in which the hymn is introduced into the story has been often told, and is worth repeating. The story sets forth how the ship Golden Mary, on her voyage to California, struck on an iceberg… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hear our prayer, O Heavenly Father, Ere we lay us down to sleep
Title: Hear our prayer, O Heavenly Father
Author: Harriet Parr
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain