Jesu, Lord of life and glory

Jesus, Lord of life and glory, Bend from heaven Thy gracious ear

Author: James John Cummins (1839)
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1 Jesus, Lord of life and glory,
bend from heav'n thy gracious ear;
while our waiting souls adore thee,
Friend of helpless sinners, hear:

by thy mercy, O deliver us, good Lord.

2 From the depth of nature's blindness,
from the hard'ning pow'r of sin,
from all malice and unkindness,
from the pride that lurks within, [Refrain]

3 When temptation sorely presses,
In the day of Satan's pow'r,
In our times of deep distresses,
In each dark and trying hour, [Refrain]

4 When the world around is smiling,
in the time of wealth and ease,
earthly joys our hearts beguiling,
in the day of health and peace, [Refrain]

5 In our weary hours of sickness,
in our times of grief and pain,
when we feel our mortal weakness,
when the creature's help is vain, [Refrain]

6 In the solemn hour of dying,
in the awful Judgment Day,
may our souls, on thee relying,
find thee still our rock and stay: [Refrain]

Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #569

Author: James John Cummins

Cummins, James John, son of a merchant in Cork, Ireland, was born in Cork, May 5, 1795. In 1834 he removed to London, and was for many years a Director of the Union Bank of Australia. He died at Wildecroft, Buckland, Surrey, Nov. 23, 1867. He devoted much time to the study of Hebrew and Theology. He prepared for the use of his children in their preparation for Confirmation, Seals of the Covenant Opened in the Sacraments. This work, including several hymns and poems, was published in 1839. The hymns and other poetical pieces were also published in 1839 as Poetical Meditations and Hymns by the Author of The Seals of the Covenant Opened. In 1849 this work was republished with additions as Hymns, Meditations, and other Poems. The title on the c… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus, Lord of life and glory, Bend from heaven Thy gracious ear
Title: Jesu, Lord of life and glory
Author: James John Cummins (1839)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Jesus, Lord of life and glory, Bend from, &c. J. J. Cummins. [Lent.] A sweet and musical Litany, which appeared in his Poetical Meditations and Hymns, 1839, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, with the refrain, "By Thy mercy, 0 deliver us, Good Lord." In 1819, it was reprinted in his Hymns, Meditations, and Other Poems, London, Royston & Brown, pp. 26-27. It is in common use as:—
(1) Orig. text. stanzas i., iii.-vii., with "our Hope," for "our Rock," in Hymns Ancient & Modern 1868 and 1875.
(2) "Jesu, Lord of life and glory." As in Hymns Ancient & Modern, with change to Jesu only in the Hymnary, 1872.
(3) “Jesus, Lord, we kneel before Thee." In the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857, No. 74, with the alteration of the first line, the omission of stanza v. and the addition of stanza vii. The same text was repeated in Kennedy, 1863, the Anglican Hymn Book, 1808, and in the 1869 Appendixto the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns.
(4) The same first line, but composed of stanzas i., iii., iv., vi., and vii., in Chope's Hymnal, 1864, and Thring's Collection, 1882.
(5) The same text as Salisbury Hymn Book, with “Jesu" for "Jesus," in The Parish Hymn Book, 1863 and 1875, Sarum, 1868, &c.
The sub-title of the Hymns, &c, of 1849, and by which the book is generally known, is Lyra Evangelica. Original text therein.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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