1 O Thou, the helpless orphan’s hope
To whom alone my eyes look up
In each distressing day!
Father (for that’s the sweetest name
That e’er these lips were taught to frame),
Instruct this heart to pray.
2 Low in the dust my parents lie,
And no attentive ear is nigh
But Thine, to mark my woe;
No hand to wipe away my tears,
No gentle voice to hush my fears,
Remains to me below.
3 To Heav’n my earthly friends are gone,
And thither are my comforts flown,
But I continue here;
Be Thou my pattern, Thou my guide;
This friendless heart from sorrow hide,
Reposing on Thy care.
William Bengo Collyer was born at Blackheath Hill, in 1782, and studied at Homerton College. Before completing his twentieth year he became pastor of a Congregational society at Peckham, continuing in that position through his life. He died in 1854. He received the degree of D.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1808. For many years he was one of the most popular Dissenting ministers in London. He published many hymns and some works on theology.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >