1 O LORD, come quickly; hear me pray
with lifted hands at close of day.
May all my evening prayers arise
like incense from the sacrifice.
2 Guard lips and heart, without, within,
so that I do not relish sin.
LORD, let my footsteps never stray
where evildoers point the way.
3 O righteous LORD, your chastisement,
through friend or foe, in love is sent.
Though grievous, it will profit me;
a healing ointment it will be.
4 When evil deeds disrupt my days,
my prayers condemn those evil ways.
The wicked heed my words too late,
when they are faced with death's dark gate.
5 Keep me from traps that sinners set;
may they be caught in their own net.
Though I am burdened and distressed,
I look, O LORD, to you for rest.
|First Line:||O LORD, come quickly; hear me pray|
|Title:||O LORD, Come Quickly; Hear Me Pray|
|Versifier:||Marie J. Post (1985)|
|Copyright:||Text © 1987, CRC Publications|
|Composer:||Henry Baker (1854)|
|Incipit:||33351 22355 54234 22222|
A prayer asking for God's help to keep the psalmist from joining the evil ways of the wicked.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = v. 5a
st. 4 = vv. 5b-7
st. 5 = vv. 8-10
Beginning with a plea that God hear his prayer (st. 1), the psalmist asks the LORD to keep him from yielding to wicked people's enticements to join them in their evil deeds (st. 2; see Prov. 1:10-19). It is better to suffer chastisement that turns from sinful ways than to enjoy the momentary fruits of wickedness (st. 3). They are a trap that can lead only to destruction (st. 4). Keep me from these ensnaring enticements, 0 LORD, says the psalmist, to preserve me from certain death (st. 5). Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified Psalm 141 in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Psalm 141 serves especially well to conclude an evening service. In churches that have a history of daily prayer services, this psalm is traditionally sung during evening prayer.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Henry Baker (b. Nuneham, Oxfordshire, England, 1835; d. Wimbledon, England, 1910; not to be confused with Henry W. Baker) was educated as a civil engineer at Winchester and Cooper's Hill and was active in railroad building in India. In 1867 he completed a music degree at Exeter College, Oxford, England. Baker composed QUEBEC in 1854 when he was a student at Exeter. In 1861 the London Penny Post advertised for a suitable tune for John Keble's text "Sun of My Soul." Baker's tune was among the many that were submitted, but without his knowledge–a friend who had seen QUEBEC shortly after Baker had written it submitted the tune anonymously. QUEBEC was selected and was published in Rev. John Grey's Hymnal for the Use of the English Church (1866). Many of Baker's hymn tunes were published in Garrett Horder's Worship Songs (1905).
A serviceable long-meter tune, QUEBEC proves that a limited soprano range is not a handicap in a well-crafted hymn tune. The tune title's reference to the Canadian city and province is unknown. Also known as HESPERUS, QUEBEC shares similarities with MARYTON (573), PENTECOST (212), and especially ST. CRISPIN (276)–to name just three of the "generic" late-nineteenth-century British hymn tunes. For best results, sing the harmony parts.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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