O from these visions dark and drear

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O, from these visions dark and drear,
Kind Father, set me free;
I struggle yet with darkness here,—
My God, remember me!

Refresh my drooping soul with grace
And quickening energy;
Still running, toiling in the race,—
My God, remember me!

Some cheering ray of hope impart,
Sweet influence from Thee;
And raise this feeble, drooping heart,—
My God, remember me!

For the inheritance in light,
On trembling wings I flee;
With sins, and doubts, and fears, I fight,—
My God, remember me!

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #208

Author: Joseph P. Bartrum

Bartrum, Joseph P. Of this American author nothing certain is known, save that he published The Psalms newly Paraphrased for the Service of the Sanctuary, at Boston, U.S.A., in 1833, and that he is supposed to have been an Unitarian. From The Psalms, &c, the version of Psalm cvi.:—“O from these visions, dark and drear," is given in several Unitarian collections in Great Britain and America. His version of Ps. lxxxvii., "Amid the heaven of heavens," is given in Holland's Psalmists of Britain, 1843, vol. ii. p. 339, together with a critical note on his work. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: O from these visions dark and drear
Author: Joseph P. Bartrum
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Lowell Mason (PHH 96) adapted AZMON from a melody composed by Carl G. Gläser in 1828. Mason published a duple-meter version in his Modern Psalmist (1839) but changed it to triple meter in his later publications. Mason used (often obscure) biblical names for his tune titles; Azmon, a city south of C…

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