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The Gates of Death

Representative Text

1 O thou god, who hearest prayer
Every hour and everywhere,
For His sake, whose blood we plead,
Hear us in our hour of need;
Only hide not now thy face,
God of all-sufficient grace.

2 Hear and save us, gracious Lord,
For our trust is in thy word;
cleanse us from the stain of sin
That thy peace may rule within;
May each know himself thy child,
Ransomed, pardoned, reconciled.

3 Leave us not, our Strength, our Trust!
O remember we're by dust!
Leave us not again to stray;
Leave us not the tempter's prey;
Fix our hearts on things above;
Make us happy in thy love.


Source: The Hymnal #102

Author: Josiah Conder

Josiah Conder was born in London, in 1789. He became a publisher, and in 1814 became proprietor of "The Eclectic Review." Subsequently to 1824, he composed a series of descriptive works, called the "Modern Traveller," which appeared in thirty volumes. He also published several volumes of poems and hymns. He was the author of the first "Congregational Hymn Book" (1836). He died in 1855. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O thou God who hearest prayer
Title: The Gates of Death
Author: Josiah Conder
Meter: 6th P. M. 6 lines 7s.
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


O Thou God Who hearest prayer, Every hour, &c. J. Conder. [Lent; or, In Affliction.] Written whilst suffering from a severe accident through a fall from a horse, and first published in his Star in the East, &c, 1824, p. 72, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines, and dated "Sep. 20, 1820." It was included in The Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 590; and in Conder's posthumous Hymns of Praise, Prayer, &c, 1856, p. 77. In modern hymnals it is given in its full and also in an abridged form.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


VIOLA (Bradbury)

[Holy Spirit, faithful Guide] (Wells)

Converted to Christianity as a youth at a mission in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Morris Wells (b. Cooperstown, NY, 1815; d. Hartwick, NY, 1895) spent most of his life near Hartwick as a farmer and maker of farm implements. He is remembered in hymnody for writing both the text and tune of "Holy Spirit,…

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