Sweet hour of holy, thoughtful prayer

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1. Sweet hour of holy, thoughtful prayer,
Thy peace and calm may we improve,
And in God’s healing service share
The truths revealed by His dear love.

2. Lord, may Thy truth upon the heart
Now fall and dwell as heavenly dew,
And flowers of grace in freshness start
Where once the weeds of error grew.

3. May prayer now lift her sacred wings,
Contented with that aim alone
Which bears her to the King of kings,
And rests her at His sheltering throne.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #6035

Author: Caroline Gilman

Mrs. Caroline Gilman was born in Boston, in 1794. She married the Rev. Samuel Gilman, a Unitarian minister, in 1819. Soon after, they removed to Charleston, South Carolina. Mrs. Gilman has written considerable prose and some poetry. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sweet hour of holy, thoughtful prayer
Author: Caroline Gilman

Tune

CANONBURY

Derived from the fourth piano piece in Robert A. Schumann's Nachtstücke, Opus 23 (1839), CANONBURY first appeared as a hymn tune in J. Ireland Tucker's Hymnal with Tunes, Old and New (1872). The tune, whose title refers to a street and square in Islington, London, England, is often matched to Haver…

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PUER NOBIS NASCITUR

PUER NOBIS is a melody from a fifteenth-century manuscript from Trier. However, the tune probably dates from an earlier time and may even have folk roots. PUER NOBIS was altered in Spangenberg's Christliches GesangbUchlein (1568), in Petri's famous Piae Cantiones (1582), and again in Praetorius's (P…

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