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My God, Is Any Hour So Sweet

My God, is any hour so sweet

Author: Charlotte Elliott (1834)
Published in 249 hymnals

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1. My God, is any hour so sweet,
From blush of morn to evening star,
As that which calls me to Thy feet,
The hour of prayer?

2. Blest is that tranquil hour of morn,
And blest the solemn hour of eve,
When, on the wings of prayer upborne,
The world I leave.

3. Then is my strength by Thee renewed;
Then are my sins by Thee forgiven;
Then dost Thou cheer my solitude
With hopes of heaven.

4. No words can tell what sweet relief
There for my every want I find,
What strength for warfare, balm for grief,
What peace of mind!

5. Hushed is each doubt, gone every fear,
My spirit seems in heaven to stay,
And e'en the penitential tear
Is wiped away.

6. Lord, till I reach yon blissful shore,
No privilege so dear shall be
As thus my inmost soul to pour
In prayer to Thee.


The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895

Author: Charlotte Elliott

Elliott, Charlotte, daughter of Charles Elliott, of Clapham and Brighton, and granddaughter of the Rev. H. Venn, of Huddersfield, was born March 18, 1789. The first 32 years of her life were spent mostly at Clapham. In 1823 she removed to Brighton, and died there Sept. 22, 1871. To her acquaintance with Dr. C. Malan, of Geneva, is attributed much of the deep spiritual-mindedness which is so prominent in her hymns. Though weak and feeble in body, she possessed a strong imagination, and a well-cultured and intellectual mind. Her love of poetry and music was great, and is reflected in her verse. Her hymns number about 150, a large percentage of which are in common use. The finest and most widely known of these are, "Just as I am” and "My God… Go to person page >


My God, is any hour so sweet. Charlotte Elliott. [The Hour of Prayer.] Published in her Hours of Sorrow, &c, 1836, p. 45, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Hour of Prayer"; again in her brother's Psalms & Hymns, 2nd thousand, 1837, in 6 stanzas, and again in her Morning and Evening Hymns for a Week, 1839. The text in each of these works is different from that in the rest. The text in the Hymnal Companion, 1876, which is generally received as the original, differs slightly from each of the above. The 1836 text is in Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 219, with “There for," changed to "Here for," in stanza v. 1. 2. In Kennedy, 1863, and in Thring's Collection, 1882, it is altered to "Sweet is the morning light to me." The use of this hymn in one or the other of these two forms is extensive.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


My God, is any hour so sweet, p. 780, i. In Elliott's Psalms & Hymns, 1835, No. 264.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



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