1 Sweet is the prayer whose holy stream
In earnest pleading flows;
Devotion dwells upon the theme,
And warm and warmer glows,
And warm and warmer glows.
2 Faith grasps the blessings she desires,
Hope points the upward gaze;
And love, untrembling love, inspires
The eloquence of praise,
The eloquence of praise.
3 But sweeter far the still small voice,
Heard by no human ear,
When God hath made the heart rejoice,
And dried the bitter tear,
And dried the bitter tear.
4 Nor accents flow, nor words ascend;
All utt'rance faileth there;
But God himself doth comprehend,
And hear th'unended prayer,
And hear th'unended prayer.
Source: The Christian Sunday School Hymnal: a compilation of choice hymns and tunes for Sunday schools #126