Hear, Lord, the song of praise and prayer

Hear, Lord, the song of praise and prayer

Author: William Cowper
Published in 26 hymnals

Author: William Cowper

Cowper, William, the poet. The leading events in the life of Cowper are: born in his father's rectory, Berkhampstead, Nov. 26, 1731; educated at Westminster; called to the Bar, 1754; madness, 1763; residence at Huntingdon, 1765; removal to Olney, 1768; to Weston, 1786; to East Dereham, 1795; death there, April 25,1800. The simple life of Cowper, marked chiefly by its innocent recreations and tender friendships, was in reality a tragedy. His mother, whom he commemorated in the exquisite "Lines on her picture," a vivid delineation of his childhood, written in his 60th year, died when he was six years old. At his first school he was profoundly wretched, but happier at Westminster; excelling at cricket and football, and numbering Warren Hastin… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hear, Lord, the song of praise and prayer
Author: William Cowper

Notes

Hear, Lord, the songs of praise and prayer. W. Cowper. [Sunday School Anniversary.] This hymn was published in Rowland Hill's Divine Hymns attempted in Easy Language for Children, &c, 1790, p. 58, No. 37, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines and headed, "A hymn for Sunday School Children.” Better is a poor and wise child than an old and foolish king. Eccl. iv. 13." In his Preface, p. vii., Hill says, Hymns 24 ["How happy are those little ones "] and 37 were also added by the gentleman that corrected the publication. It was also given in the Christian Observer, Oct. 1808, with the following letter as an introduc¬tion:—.

“The following hymn, composed by the poet Cowper for the anniversary of the establishment of the Sunday Schools at Olney, and, perhaps, not ill calculated for general use on such anniversaries in other parishes, has never, I believe, appeared in print. If you agree with me in thinking the publication of it desirable, it is very much at your service. Its tendency is, certainly, the same with that of other productions of his pen. And its internal evidence, as to authorship, is so strong, that it is perhaps unnecessary for me to say I transcribe a copy sent by Mrs. Unwin, in her own handwriting, to her daughter, Mrs. Powley... E. Kilvington, Ossett, Aug. 16."

The hymn is in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, the opening stanza being:—

"Hear, Lord, the songs of praise and prayer,
In heaven, Thy dwelling-place,
From children made the public care,
And taught to seek Thy face."

In the Leeds Sunday School Hymn Book, 1833, it is abbreviated to 3 stanzas, and in this form it is known to modern collections. One or two of the remaining stanzas might be added with advantage.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #440Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #440Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #316Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #325Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #325Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #316Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Church of England Sunday Schools, Bible Classes ... New ed. #d106
A Selection of Hymns, adapted to the devotions of the closet, the family, and the social circle; and containing subjects appropriate to the monthly concerns of prayer for the success... #243Page Scan
Boston Sunday School Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d55
Canadian Sabbath-School Hymn Book #d101
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #p10cPage Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #P10cPage Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #P10cPage Scan
Congregational Singing Book: a Collection of Sacred Music #d27
Selection of Hymns for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church #6Page Scan
Selection of Hymns for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church #10Page Scan
Supplement to Watts: a Selection of More than Five Hundred Hymns, from the Most Approved Authors on a Great Variety of Subjects ... #d178
The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #108Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d219
The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d136
The New England Sabbath School Minstrel: a collection of music and hymns adapted to sabbath schools, families, and social meetings #63Page Scan
The Sabbath School Choir #d23
The Sabbath School Lute: a selection of hymns and appropriate melodies, adapted to the wants of Sabbath schools, families and social meetings #70Page Scan
The Sabbath School Melodist: being a selection of hymns with appropriate music; for the use of Sabbath schools, families and social meetings #8Page Scan
Union Hymns. Rev. #d133
Union Hymns. Rev. #d137



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