Gracious Lord, incline thine ear

Gracious Lord, incline thine ear

Author: William Hammond
Published in 68 hymnals

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1 Gracious Lord, incline thine ear,
My complaint vouchsafe to hear;
Sore distressed with guilt am I,
Give me Christ, or else I die.

2 Wealth and honor I disdain,
Earthly comforts all are vain;
Then can never satisfy,
Give me Christ, or else I die.

3 Lord deny me what thou wilt,
Only take away my guilt;
Mourning at thy feet I lie;
Give me Christ, or else I die.

4 All unholy and unclean,
I am sinful, vile and mean;
But to thee for mercy fly,
Give me Christ, or else I die.

5 Thou dost freely save the lost;
In thy grace alone I trust:
Unto thee I lift my cry,
Give me Christ, or else I die.

6 O my God, what shall I say?
Take, oh take my sins away!
Jesu's blood to me apply,
Give me Christ, or else I die.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

Author: William Hammond

Hammond, William, B.A, born at Battle, Sussex, Jan. 6, 1719, and educated at St. John's College, Cambridge. In 1743 he joined the Calvinistic Methodists; and in 1745, the Moravian Brethren. He died in London, Aug. 19, 1783, and was buried in the Moravian burial-ground, Sloane Street, Chelsea. He left an Autobiography in Greek, which remains unpublished. His original hymns, together with his translations from the Latin, were published in his:— Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs. To which is prefix'd A Preface, giving some Account of a Weak Faith, and a Full Assurance of Faith; and briefly stating the Doctrine of Sanctification; and shewing a Christian's Completeness, Perfection, and Happiness in Christ. By William Hammond, A.B., late of… Go to person page >

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First Line: Gracious Lord, incline thine ear
Author: William Hammond
Language: English

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Gracious Lord, incline Thine ear. W. Hammond. [Christ desired.] First published in his Psalms & Hymns, 1745, p. 258, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "I am sick of love. Cant. ii. 5," the opening stanza reading: —

“Gracious Lord, incline Thine Ear,
My Complaint vouchsafe to hear;
Faint and Sick of Love am I,
Give me Christ, or else I die."

In 1787 Dr. Rippon, on including the hymn in his Baptist Selection, No. 296, omitted stanzas ii., vii. and ix., and re-wrote stanza i., thus:—

"Gracious Lord, incline Thine ear,
My request vouchsafe to hear;
Hear my never-ceasing cry;—
Give me Christ, or else I die."

This form of the hymn is in use amongst the Baptists, both in England and America. Another form in 6 stanzas (omitting stanzas ii., vi., vii., ix. was given in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody,1833, No. 644, with stanza i. as:—

“Gracious Lord, incline Thine ear,
My request vouchsafe to hear;
Burden'd with my sins I cry,
Give me Christ, or else I die."

This form of the hymn is in limited use in the Church of England.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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