How shall a contrite spirit pray,
A broken heart its griefs make known,
A weary wanderer find the way
To peace and rest?--Through Christ alone.
He died that we might die to sin;
He rose, that, we to God might rise;
By His own blood He enter'd in
The holy place beyond the skies.
There, as our great High Priest He stands,
And pleads before the Mercy-seat,
Our cause is in His faithful hands,
Our enemies beneath his feet.
Father, in Him we claim our part,
For Thy Son's sake accept us now,
In Him well-pleased Thou always art,
Well pleased with us through Him be Thou.
O look on thine anointed One;
Thy gift in Him is all our plea,
Our righteousness,--what He hath done;
Our prayer--His prayer for us to Thee.
So, while He intercedes above,
In His dear name may we believe,
And all the fulness of Thy love
Into our inmost souls receive.
Sacred Poems and Hymns
How shall a contrite [sinner] spirit pray. J. Montgomery. [Lent. Prayer.] Written Sept. 15, 1840, "M. MSS.," and published in an undated edition of T. Russell's Selection of Hymns for Congregational Worship, enlarged edition with Appendix; and again in Dr. Leifchild's Original Hymns, &c, 1842, No. 76. Subsequently it was included in the author's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 73. In Common Praise, 1879, it. is given as "How shall a contrite sinner pray?" Its use, especially in its original form, is extensive.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 4 of 4)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Church of England Hymn Book #145||How shall a contrite spirit pray||How shall a contrite spirit pray||LM||1879|
|Sacred Poems and Hymns #73||How shall a contrite spirit pray||How shall a contrite spirit pray||James Montgomery||188.8.131.52||1854|
|The College Hymnal: for divine service at Yale College in the Battell Chapel #183||How shall a contrite spirit pray||How shall a contrite spirit pray||James Montgomery||1876|
|The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer with accompanying tunes (3rd ed., rev. and enl.) #146||How shall a contrite spirit pray||How shall a contrite spirit pray||LM||1893|