Pleading the Promise

O Thou that hearest prayer, Attend our humble cry

Author: John Burton (1824)
Published in 227 hymnals

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1 O Thou that hearest prayer,
Attend our humble cry;
And let Thy servants share
Thy blessings from on high;
We plead the presence of Thy word;
Grant us Thy Holy Spirit, Lord.

2 If earthly parents hear
Their children when they cry,
If they, with love sincere,
Their children's wants supply,
Much more wilt Thou Thy love display,
And answer when Thy children pray.

3 Our heavenly Father, Thou!
We, children of Thy grace!
O let Thy Spirit now
Descend, and fill the place:
That all may feel the heavenly flame,
And all unite to praise Thy name.

4 And send Thy Spirit down
On all the nations, Lord,
With great success to crown
The preaching of Thy word:
Till heathen lands shall own Thy sway,
And cast their idol-gods away.


Source: The Hymnal: published by the Authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #576

Author: John Burton

Burton, John, jun, a popular hymn-writer for children, was b. July 23, 1803, at Stratford in Essex, in which place he carried on business as a cooper for about 50 years. He died in 1877. Mr. Burton was a member of the Congregational body, and a Deacon of the Chapel where he attended, His contributions to hymnody began in 1822, when he sent his first production to the Evangelical Magazine. He continued to contribute to that and other periodicals for many years, his signature in the former being "Essex, J. B.," and in the Child's Companion, J. B. Essex." His publications are:— (1) One Hundred Original Hymns for the Young, 1850; (2) Hymns for Little Children, 1851; (3) The Child-Life of David; (4) The Book of Psalms in English Verse, 1871;… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Thou that hearest prayer, Attend our humble cry
Title: Pleading the Promise
Author: John Burton (1824)
Source: Campbell's Collection
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


O Thou that hearest prayer. J. Burton, jun. [The Holy Spirit desired.] Appeared in the Evangelical Magazine, June 1824, p. 260, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, headed, "Prayer for the Holy Spirit," and signed "Essex—J. B." It was given anonymously in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, and has since then passed in a more or less complete form into a large number of hymn-books, and more especially into those of America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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