Lord, hear my prayer, and to my cry (Hopkinson)

Lord, hear my prayer, and to my cry (Hopkinson)

Adapter: Francis Hopkinson
Tune: GENEVAN 25
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 LORD, hear my Pray'r, and to my Cry
Thy wonted Audience lend;
In thy accustom'd Faith and Truth,
A gracious Answer send,
Nor to thy Justice bring
Thy servant strictly to be try'd;
For no frail mortal Man
Can in thy Sight be justify'd,

2 The spiteful Foe pursues my Life,
Whose Comforts all are fled;
He drives me into Caves as dark
As Mansions of the Dead.
My Spirit is o'erwhelm'd,
And therefore sinks within my Breast;
My Heart grows desolate,
With heavy Woes too much oppress'd.

3 I call to mind the Days of old,
And Wonders thou hast wrought,
My former Dangers and Escapes
Employ my musing Thought.
To thee my in humble Pray'r,
My Hands I fervently stretch out;
My Soul for Comfort thirsts,
Like Land oppress'd with constant Drought.

4 Hear me with Speed, my Spirit fails,
Thy Face no longer hide;
Lest I become forlorn, like them
That in the Grave reside.
Thy Kindness let me hear,
Whose Trust on thee alone depends;
Teach me thy perfect Way,
For still my Soul to thee ascends.

5 Do thou, O LORD, from all my Foes,
Preserve, and set me free;
A safe Retreat against their Rage,
My Soul implores from thee.
Thy righteous Will, O GOD,
Instruct me ever to obey;
Let thy good Spirit lead
And keep my Soul in thy right Way.

6 Oh, for the sake of thy great Name,
Revive my drooping Heart:
For thy Truth's sake, to me distress'd,
Thy promis'd Aid impart.
In Pity to my Grief,
Do thou reduce my Foes to shame;
Slay them that vex my Soul,
Devoted to thy holy Name.

Source: The Psalms of David: with the Ten Commandments, Creed, Lord's Prayer, &c. in metre...for the use of the Reformed Protestant Dutch church of the city of New York #CXLIII

Adapter: Francis Hopkinson

Francis Hopkinson; grad. College of Philadelphia with master’s degree; studied law and passed Pa. bar; opened conveyancer’s office in Philadelphia; musical and literary talent; prolific writer who frequently used pen name, A. B. LOC Name Authority Files Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, hear my prayer, and to my cry (Hopkinson)
Adapter: Francis Hopkinson
Source: Tate and Brady's New Version, "Lord, hear my prayer, and to my cry"
Language: English
Publication Date: 1767
Copyright: Public Domain



Louis Bourgeois's (PHH 3) GENEVAN 25 was first published in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Howard Slenk (PHH 3) harmonized the tune in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal. One of the most beautifully constructed Genevan tunes, 25 is noted especially for its rhythmic interest and form (AABC). Like…

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