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With years oppressed, with sorrows worn

With years oppressed, with sorrows worn

Author: Robert Grant
Published in 10 hymnals

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1 With years opprest, with sorrow worn,
Dejected, harassed, sick, forlorn,
To Thee, O God, I pray:
To Thee my withered hands arise,
To Thee I left these failing eyes;
O cast me not away!

2 Thy mercy heard my infant prayer:
Thy Love, with all a mother's care,
Sustained my childish days:
Thy goodness watched my ripening youth,
And formed my heart to love Thy truth,
And filled my lips with praise.

3 O Saviour, has Thy grace declined?
Can years affect the eternal Mind,
Or time its Love decay?
A thousand ages in Thy sight,
And all their long and weary flight,
Are gone like yesterday.

4 Then, even in age and grief, Thy Name
Shall still my languid heart inflame,
And bow my faltering knee:
O yet this bosom feels the fire;
This trembling hand and drooping lyre
Have yet a strain for Thee!

5 Yes, broken, tuneless, still, O Lord,
This voice, transported, shall record
Thy goodness, tried so long;
Till, sinking slow with calm decay,
Its feeble murmurs melt away
Into a seraph's song.

Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #537

Author: Robert Grant

Grant, Sir Robert, second son of Mr. Charles Grant, sometime Member of Parliament for Inverness, and a Director of the East India Company, was born in 1785, and educated at Cambridge, where he graduated in 1806. Called to the English Bar in 1807, he became Member of Parliament for Inverness in 1826; a Privy Councillor in 1831; and Governor of Bombay, 1834. He died at Dapoorie, in Western India, July 9, 1838. As a hymnwriter of great merit he is well and favourably known. His hymns, "O worship the King"; "Saviour, when in dust to Thee"; and "When gathering clouds around I view," are widely used in all English-speaking countries. Some of those which are less known are marked by the same graceful versification and deep and tender feeling. The… Go to person page >

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First Line: With years oppressed, with sorrows worn
Author: Robert Grant


With years oppressed, with sorrow worn. Sir R. Grant. [Psalms lxxi.] Published in his posthumous Sacred Poems, 1839, p. 31, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines. It is in common use in its full or abbreviated form, and also as "Thy mercy heard my infant prayer" (stanza ii). --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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A Church of England Hymn Book: adapted to the daily services of the Church throughout the year #667
A Selection of Hymns: designed as a supplement to the "psalms and hymns" of the Presbyterian church #470Page Scan
Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #537Page Scan
Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #537TextPage Scan
Hymns for the Sick-Room #97Page Scan
Hymns for the use of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, by the Authority of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania #572Page Scan
Hymns of the Ages (3rd series) #252Page Scan
Songs in the Night; or Hymns for the Sick and Suffering. 2nd ed. #d214
Songs of the Soul: gathered out of many lands and ages #343Page Scan
The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #798Page Scan
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