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SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER

 

W. W. Walford, 1842                                                    W.B. Rradbury 1861

 

Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!

That calls me from a world of care,

And bids me at my Father’s throne

Makes all my wants and wishes known.

In seasons of distress and grief

My soul has often found relief,

And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,

By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

 

Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!

Thy wings shall my petition bear

To Him whose truth and faithfulness

Engage the waiting soul to bless;

And since He bids me seek His face,

Believe His word, and trust His grace,

I’ll cast on Him my ev’ry care,

And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

 

Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!

May I thy consolation share,

Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,

I view my home and take my flight.

This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise

To seize the everlasting prize,

And shout, while passing thro’ the air,

“Fare-well, fare-well, sweet hour of prayer!”

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Jesus went a little farther and fell on the ground and prayed, ”Abba, Father, all things are possible unto Thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt”.

And He cometh, and findeth Peter, James and John sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? Couldest not thou watch one hour?

Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.  The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is week. (Mark, 14: 35-38)

But when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father, which is in secret: and they Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (Mathew, 6: 6)

  

 

Author: William W. Walford, 1772-1850

Prayer is communion with God.  Sweet Hour of Prayer” is believed to have been written in 1842 by William W. Walford, an obscure and blind lay preacher and owner of a small trinket shop in the village of Coleshill, Warwickshire, England.  One day a Coleshill Congregational clergyman, Thomas Salmon visited William W. Walford.  Walford showed Salmon his poem on the subject of prayer and requested him to notate it for him.  Three years later when Salmon visited United States, showed this poem to the editor of the New York Observer.  The Poem first appeared in the September 13, 1845 issue.  Later the text was published in a hymnal in 1859, in a Baptist edition of Church Melodies, compiled by Thomas Hastings and Robert Turnbull.

 Composer: William B. Bradbury, 1816-1868

The noted American composer William Batchelder Bradbury composed the tune for “Sweet Hour of Prayer”, in 1851. In the same year the text and Bradbury’s tune appeared in a hymnal collection, the Golden Chain”. Soon people all over the world started singing this magnificent song.

 

 

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