This is the 12th entry in my Lenten Hymn-of-the-Day Project.
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This hymn is what I would call a "litany-hymn." The repeated "prayer" at the end of each verse, and the direct quote from the Great Litany, would certainly make it so. This type of hymn would most likely be sung it a devotional service during Lent, and probably not at a celebration of the Eucharist.
The words are by John Cimmins (1795-1867), and the music is by Edward J. Hopkins (1818-1901), organist of the Temple Church in London. The name of the tune is "St. Raphael". One FULL VERSE as an intro.
Jesu, Lord of life and glory,
Bend from heaven thy gracious ear;
While our waiting souls adore thee,
Friend of helpless sinners, hear:
AFTER EACH VERSE:
By thy mercy,
O deliver us, good Lord.
From the depth of nature's blindness,
From the hardening power of sin,
From all malice and unkindness,
From the pride that lurks within:
When temptation sorely presses,
In the day of Satan's power,
In our times of deep distresses,
In each dark trying hour:
In the weary hours of sickness,
In the times of grief and pain,
When we feel our mortal weakness,
When the creature's help in vain:
In the solemn hour of dying,
In the face of judgment day,
May our souls, on thee relying,
Find thee still our rock and stay:
Jesu, may thy promised blessing
Comfort to our souls afford;
May we now, thy love possessing,
And at length our full reward,
Ever praise thee,
Good and ever-glorious Lord.