Now are the days of humblest prayer

Now are the days of humblest prayer

Author: Frederick W. Faber
Published in 15 hymnals

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1 Now are the days of humblest prayer,
When consciences to God lie bare,
And mercy most delights to spare.

Oh hearken when we cry,
Chastise us with Thy fear;
Yet, Father! in the multitude
Of Thy compassions, hear!

2 Now is the season, wisely long,
Of sadder thought and graver song,
When ailing souls grow well and strong. [Refrain]

3 The feast of penance! Oh so bright,
With true conversion’s heav’nly light,
Like sunrise after stormy night! [Refrain]

4 Oh happy time of blessèd tears,
Of surer hopes, of chastening fears,
Undoing all our evil years. [Refrain]

5 We, who have loved the world, must learn,
Upon that world our backs to turn,
And with the love God to burn. [Refrain]

6 Vile creatures of such little worth!
Than we, there can be none on earth
More fallen from their Christian birth. [Refrain]

7 Full long in sin’s dark ways we went,
Yet now our steps are heav’nward bent,
And grace is plentiful in Lent. [Refrain]

8 All glory to redeeming grace,
Disdaining not our evil case,
But showing us our Savior’s face! [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11678

Author: Frederick W. Faber

Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >

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First Line: Now are the days of humblest prayer
Author: Frederick W. Faber
Refrain First Line: O, hearken when we cry


Now are the days of humblest prayer. F. W. Faber. [Lent.] Published in the 2nd edition of his Jesus and Mary, &c, 1852, in 8 stanzas of 7 lines; in his Oratory Hymns, 1854, in 5 stanzas, No. 12; and his Hymns, 1862, It is usually given in an abbreviated form, sometimes as in the Oratory Hymns as above, and again as in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, where stanzas iii., vi. and vii. are omitted. In the Hymnary, 1872, it begins, "Lord, in these days of humblest prayer." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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