O help us, Lord; each hour of need

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1 O help us, Lord; each hour of need
Thy heavenly succour give:
Help us in tho't, in word, and deed,
Each hour one earth we live!

2 O help us, when our spirits cry
With contrite anguish sore;
And when our hearts are cold and dry,
O help us, Lord, the more!

3 O help us through the prayer of faith
More firmly to believe!
For still the more the servant hath,
The more shall he receive.

4 O help us, Saviour, from on high:
We have no help but Thee.
O help us so to live and die
As thine in heaven to be!

Source: The Church Hymnal: containing hymns approved and set forth by the general conventions of 1892 and 1916; together with hymns for the use of guilds and brotherhoods, and for special occasions (Rev. ed) #331

Author: Henry Hart Milman

Milman, Henry Hart, D.D., the youngest son of Sir Francis Milman (who received his Baronetage as an eminent Court physician), was born Feb. 10th, 1791, and educated at Dr. Burney's at Greenwich, and subsequently at Eton. His career at B. N. C. Oxford, was brilliant. He took a first class in classics, and carried off the Newdigate, Latin Verse, Latin Essay, and English Essay. His Newdigate on the Apollo Belvedere, 1812, is styled by Dean Stanley "the most perfect of Oxford prize poems." His literary career for several years promised to be poetical. His tragedy Fazio was played at Covent Garden, Miss O'Neill acting Bianca. Samor was written in the year of his appointment to St. Mary's, Reading (1817); The Fall of Jerusalem (1820); Belshazzar… Go to person page >

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First Line: O help us, Lord; each hour of need
Author: Henry Hart Milman (1827)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


O help us, Lord; each hour of need. H. H. Milman. [Lent.] First published in Bishop Heber's posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 52, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines and appointed for second Sunday in Lent, being based on the Gospel of that day. In his Selection of Psalms & Hymns, 1837, Milman omitted stanzas iv. and v., thus reducing it to 4 stanzas of 4 lines and each stanza beginning with the words, "Oh! help us." In this form it has come into extensive use in all English-speaking countries. In the Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, No. 190, it is partly rewritten by E. Osier as, "O help us, Lord! in all our need." This is repeated in Osier's Church and King, June 1, 1837, but it has failed to attract attention. Another arrangement, beginning with stanza ii., "O help us, when our spirits bleed," is sometimes found in modern hymnals.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



ST. PETER (Reinagle)

Composed by Alexander R. Reinagle (b. Brighton, Sussex, England, 1799; d. Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England, 1877), ST. PETER was published as a setting for Psalm 118 in Reinagle's Psalm Tunes for the Voice and Pianoforte (c. 1836). The tune first appeared with Newton's text in Hymns Ancient and Mode…

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