Hear our prayer, O Heavenly Father

Hear our prayer, O Heavenly Father, Ere we lay us down to sleep

Author: Harriet Parr
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1 Hear our prayer, O Heavenly Father,
Ere we lay us down to sleep;
Bid Thine angels pure and holy,
Round our bed their vigils keep.

2 Heavy though our sins, Thy mercy
Far outweighs them every one;
Down before the cross we cast them,
Trusting in thy help alone.

3 Keep us through this night of peril
Safe beneath its sheltering shade;
Take us to Thy rest, we pray Thee,
When our pilgrimage is made.

4 None can measure out Thy patience
By the span of human thought;
None can bound the tender mercies
Which Thy holy Son has bought.

5 Pardon all our past transgressions,
Give us strength for days to come;
Guide and guard us with Thy blessing,
Till Thine angles bear us home.

The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: Harriet Parr

Pseudonym: Holme Lee Parr, Harriet, was born at York in 1828, and has published several works under the nom de plume of "Holme Lee," including Maude Talbot, 1854; Sylvan Holt’s Daughter, 1858; Warp and Woof, 1861; Mr. Wynyard's Ward, 1867; and several other works of fiction. Miss Parr is known to hymnology by one hymn only, viz.:— Hear my [our] prayer, 0 heavenly Father. Evening. This beautiful and pathetic hymn appeared in her story The Wreck of the Golden Mary, which was the Christmas number of Charles Dickens's Household Words, 1856. The way in which the hymn is introduced into the story has been often told, and is worth repeating. The story sets forth how the ship Golden Mary, on her voyage to California, struck on an iceberg… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hear our prayer, O Heavenly Father, Ere we lay us down to sleep
Title: Hear our prayer, O Heavenly Father
Author: Harriet Parr
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain