Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1840

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The Hour of Prayer
Music by Sidney Nelson
Written by Mrs. Hemans

New York (No. 1 Franklin Squ.), NY : Firth & Hall

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Abstract

[Verse 1]
Child amidst the flow'rs at play,
While the red light fades away;
Mother, with thine earnest eye,
Ever following silently;
Ever following silently;
Father, by the breeze of eve,
Call'd thy harvest work to leave;
Call'd thy harvest work to leave;
Pray! ere yet the dark hours be,
Lift the heart and bend the knee,
Pray! ere yet the dark hours be,
Lift the heart and bend the knee.

[Verse 2]
Trav'ller, in the stranger's land,
far from thine own house hold band;
Mourner, haunted by the tone
Of a voice from this world gone;
Of a voice from this world gone;
Captive in whose narrow cell
Sunshine hath not leave to dwell;
Sunshine hath not leave to dwell;
Sailor on the darkning sea,
Lift the heart and bend the knee.
Pray! ere yet the dark hours be,
Lift the heart and bend the knee.

[Verse 3]
Warrior, that from the battle won,
Breathest now at set of sun;
Woman, o'er the lowly slain,
Weeping on his burial plain;
Weeping on his burial plain;
Ye that triumph, ye that sigh,
Kindred by one holy tie;
Kindred by one holy tie;
Heav'ns first star a like ye see,
Lift the heart and bend the knee.
Pray! ere yet the dark hours be
Lift the heart and bend the knee.

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