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Now may fervent prayer arise

Now may fervent prayer arise

Author: John Newton
Tune: ALCESTER
Published in 18 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

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1 Now may fervent prayer arise
Winged with faith, and pierce the skies;
Fervent prayer shall bring us down
Gracious answers from the throne.

2 Bless, O Lord, the opening year
To each soul assembled here;
Clothe Thy Word with power divine,
Make us willing to be Thine.

3 Shepherd of Thy blood bought sheep!
Teach the stony heart to weep;
Let the blind have eyes to see,
See themselves, and look on Thee!

4 Let the minds of all our youth
Feel the force of sacred truth;
While the Gospel call they hear
May they learn to love and fear!

5 Show them what their ways have been,
Show them the desert of sin;
Then Thy dying love reveal,
This shall melt a heart of steel.

6 Where thou hast Thy work begun,
Give new strength the race to run;
Scatter darkness, doubts and fears,
Wipe away the mourners’ tears.

7 Bless us all, both old and young;
Call forth praise from every tongue;
Let the whole assembly prove
All Thy power, and all Thy love!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11799

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

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First Line: Now may fervent prayer arise
Author: John Newton

Notes

Now may fervent prayer arise. J. Newton. [New Year.] The third of thirteen "Hymns before Annual Sermons to Young People on New Years' Evenings," published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. ii., No. 9, in 7 stanzas of 6 lines. It is in common use both in the original and in the following forms:— 1. Bless, 0 bless the opening year. 2. Bless, 0 Lord the opening year. 3. Bless 0 Lord this opening year. 4. Bless 0 Lord each opening year. These forms of the text generally embrace stanzas ii., iii., vi., vii., and are in use in Great Britain and America. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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The Cyber Hymnal #11799
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  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
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