Sweet Hour of Prayer

“Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer.”

This much-loved hymn appeared in an English hymn book of 1849. It was written by Mr. Walford, a blind preacher, who was supposed to have first composed it about 1846. The tune, “Sweet Hour,” to which it has become closely wedded, was written for it by William Bradbury. As originally printed, it had four verses, of which the following was the second. As it is generally omitted we insert it herewith: –

“Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
The joy I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn
With strong desire for thy return,
With such I hasten to the place
Where God, my Saviour, shows his face,
And gladly take my station there,
To wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.”

What a privilege we have to come boldly to the throne of grace!


The above passage is from the "Illustrated History of Hymns and Their Authors," published in 1875, page 496.

Colossians 3:16

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