1 ‘Tis the hallowed hour of prayer,
And we trustingly bring
All our doubting and our fears,
To our Saviour and King;
For we know that He delights
A glad welcome to give,
And the blessings that we ask for
We shall fully receive.
Precious hour of pray’r!
Hallowed hour of pray’r!
Sacred season of communion,
It is sweet to be there!
2 ‘Tis the precious hour of prayer,
And we humbly entreat:
Father breathe the Spirit now.
As we bow at Thy feet;
Touch our lips with power of song;
Fill our souls with Thy love,
And bestow the benediction
Of Thy peace from above. [Refrain]
3 ‘Tis the sacred hour of prayer,
Calm as heaven above;
Soul to soul is breathing here
The communion of love;
Ev’ry heart is sweetly filled
With a peace most profound;
Oh, the place is like to heaven
Where such true joys abound. [Refrain]
Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873.
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