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I Need Thee Every Hour

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1 I need thee every hour,
most gracious Lord;
no tender voice like thine
can peace afford.

Refrain:
I need thee, O I need thee;
every hour I need thee!
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to thee.

2 I need thee every hour,
stay thou near by;
temptations lose their power
when thou art nigh. [Refrain]

3 I need thee every hour,
in joy or pain;
come quickly, and abide,
or life is vain. [Refrain]

4 I need thee every hour;
teach me thy will,
and thy rich promises
in me fulfill. [Refrain]


Source: Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #113

Author: Annie S. Hawks

Hawks, Annie Sherwood. Mrs. Hawks was born in Hoosick, N. Y., May 28, 1835, and has resided for many years at Brooklyn. Her hymns were contributed to Bright Jewels, Pure Gold, Boyal Diadem, Brightest and Best, Temple Anthems, Tidal Wave, and other popular Sunday School hymnbooks. They include "I need Thee every hour" (written April, 1872), "Thine, most gracious Lord," "Why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?" and others of the same type. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)… Go to person page >

Author (refrain): Robert Lowry

Robert Lowry was born in Philadelphia, March 12, 1826. His fondness for music was exhibited in his earliest years. As a child he amused himself with the various musical instruments that came into his hands. At the age of seventeen he joined the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, and soon became an active worker in the Sunday-school as teacher and chorister. At the age of twenty-two he gave himself to the work of the ministry, and entered upon a course of study at the University of Lewisburg, Pa. At the age of twenty-eight he was graduated with the highest honors of his class. In the same year of his graduation, he entered upon the work of the ministry. He served as pastor at West Chester, Pa., 1851-1858; in New York City, 1859-1861;… Go to person page >

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First Line: I need Thee every hour, Most gracious Lord
Title: I Need Thee Every Hour
Author: Annie S. Hawks (1872)
Author (refrain): Robert Lowry (1872)
Meter: 6.4.6.4 with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I need Thee, oh, I need Thee
Publication Date: 1883
Copyright: Public Domain

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