My God, Is Any Hour So Sweet

My God, is any hour so sweet

Author: Charlotte Elliott (1834)
Published in 286 hymnals

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1 My God, is any hour so sweet
From blush of morn to evening star,
As that which calls me to Thy feet,
The hour of prayer?

2 Then is my strength by Thee renewed;
Then are my sins by Thee forgiv’n;
Then dost Thou cheer my solitude
With hopes of heav’n.

3 No words can tell what sweet relief
There for my ev'ry want I find.
What strength for warfare, balm for grief,
What peace of mind!

4 Hushed is each doubt, gone ev'ry fear;
My spirit seems in heav’n to stay;
And e’en the penitential tear
Is wiped away.

5 Lord, till I reach yon blissful shore,
No privilege so dear shall be
As thus my inmost soul to pour
In prayer to thee.


Source: Revival Hymns and Choruses #360

Author: Charlotte Elliott

Elliott, Charlotte, daughter of Charles Elliott, of Clapham and Brighton, and granddaughter of the Rev. H. Venn, of Huddersfield, was born March 18, 1789. The first 32 years of her life were spent mostly at Clapham. In 1823 she removed to Brighton, and died there Sept. 22, 1871. To her acquaintance with Dr. C. Malan, of Geneva, is attributed much of the deep spiritual-mindedness which is so prominent in her hymns. Though weak and feeble in body, she possessed a strong imagination, and a well-cultured and intellectual mind. Her love of poetry and music was great, and is reflected in her verse. Her hymns number about 150, a large percentage of which are in common use. The finest and most widely known of these are, "Just as I am” and "My God… Go to person page >

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First Line: My God, is any hour so sweet
Title: My God, Is Any Hour So Sweet
Author: Charlotte Elliott (1834)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


My God, is any hour so sweet. Charlotte Elliott. [The Hour of Prayer.] Published in her Hours of Sorrow, &c, 1836, p. 45, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Hour of Prayer"; again in her brother's Psalms & Hymns, 2nd thousand, 1837, in 6 stanzas, and again in her Morning and Evening Hymns for a Week, 1839. The text in each of these works is different from that in the rest. The text in the Hymnal Companion, 1876, which is generally received as the original, differs slightly from each of the above. The 1836 text is in Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 219, with “There for," changed to "Here for," in stanza v. 1. 2. In Kennedy, 1863, and in Thring's Collection, 1882, it is altered to "Sweet is the morning light to me." The use of this hymn in one or the other of these two forms is extensive.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


My God, is any hour so sweet, p. 780, i. In Elliott's Psalms & Hymns, 1835, No. 264.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #223

The Baptist Hymnal #402


The Cyber Hymnal #4225

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