June 1, 1793, Ednam (near Kelso), Scotland.

November 20, 1847, Nice, France. He had been traveling to Rome, Italy, hoping a warmer climate might help his lung problems.

Sainte Marguerite Cemetery (formerly known as the Cimetière Anglican de Caucada), Nice, France.


Orphaned at an early age, Lyte attended Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, distinguishing himself in English poetry. In 1815, he was ordained, and served a number of parishes in Ireland and western England. However, for most of his career, he was pastor at All Saints Church in Lower Brixham, Devonshire, England. He wrote two books of religious poetry and hymns:


Why do I sigh to find
Life’s evening shadows gathering round my way,
The keen eye dimming, and the buoyant mind
Unhinging day by day?

I want not vulgar fame—
I seek not to survive in brass or stone!
Hearts may not kindle when they hear my name,
Nor tears my value own:

But might I leave behind
Some blessing for my fellows, some fair trust
To guide, to cheer, to elevate my kind,
When I am in the dust.

Might verse of mine inspire
One virtuous aim, one high resolve impart,
Light in one drooping soul a hallowed fire,
Or bind one broken heart.

Death would be sweeter then,
More calm my slumber ’neath the silent sod—
Might I thus live to bless my fellow-men,
Or glorify my God!

O Thou whose touch can lend
Life to the dead, Thy quickening grace supply,
And grant me, swanlike, my last breath to spend
In song that may not die!

Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847)

  1. Abide with Me
  2. Above Me Hangs the Silent Sky
  3. Adore, My Soul, the Lord
  4. Again, O Lord, I Ope Mine Eyes
  5. All People Who on Earth Do Dwell
  6. All Seeing God, to Thee Is Known
  7. Arise O God, Let All thy Foes
  8. As Firm as Zion’s rock Are They
  9. As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams
  10. As Thirsts the Wild Deer in the Chase
  11. Assert Thy Claims, O God!
  12. At Every Time, in Every Place
  13. Awake, My Soul, Awake and Sing
  14. Awful Is Thy Voice, O God
  15. Be Glorified, O Lord!
  16. Be Merciful to Us, O God
  17. Before Jehovah’s Awful Throne
  18. Behold Yon Flower, It Springs, It Blooms
  19. Blessed Be the Mighty Lord!
  20. Blest Is the Heart Enlarged by Grace
  21. Blest Is the Man, How Blest
  22. Blest Is the Man, Who Fears and Flies
  23. Blest Is the Man Who Knows the Lord
  24. Blest Is the Man Whose Spirit Shares
  25. Blest Is the Penitent, Who Feels
  26. By Babel’s Waters, Dark and Wide
  27. Captive Long ’Neath Sense and Sin, A
  28. Cast Not, O Lord, Thy Church Away!
  29. Christians, Are the Words You Speak
  30. Church of God Below, The
  31. Come, Let Us to Jehovah Raise
  32. Come to His Presence with Song and Love
  33. Correct Us, Lord, We Know It Good
  34. Could I, O Lord, So Faithless Be
  35. Dark Was My Lot, and Long It Spurned
  36. Earth Is All Thine Own, O Lord
  37. Exalt, O God, Thy Glorious Son!
  38. Exalted Jesus, Heavenly King
  39. Fair, O Lord, Thy Dwellings Are
  40. Far from My Heavenly Home
  41. Father, We Hail the Word of Grace
  42. For Thee, O Lord, Our Constant Praise
  43. From Deep Distress to Thee I Cry
  44. From Depths of Woe to God I Cry
  45. From Thee, O Lord, I Came at First
  46. Gently, Gently Lay Thy Rod
  47. Give Glory to the Lord
  48. Glorious Shepherd of the Sheep
  49. Glory and Praise to Jehovah on High
  50. God in His Church Is Known
  51. God Is Our Refuge, Tried and Proved
  52. God Is the Judge, and God Alone
  53. God of All My Righteousness
  54. God of Glory, God of Might
  55. God of Mercy, God of Grace
  56. God of My Righteousness
  57. God of the Seasons, Come Again
  58. Good It Is to Praise the Lord
  59. Great Is the Lord, His Praise Be Great!
  60. Great Source of All My Being
  61. Hail to Another Year
  62. Happy the Man, Whose Tender Care
  63. Haste, O Lord, My Spirit Faints
  64. Have Mercy, Lord, on Me
  65. Have Mercy on Me, Lord!
  66. Hear, O Lord, Our Supplication
  67. Heaven Speaks Thy Glory, Lord
  68. Heavens Declare Thy Glories, Lord, The
  69. Help, Lord, the Godly Fail!
  70. High Above Created Things
  71. How Blest Are Thy Who Fear to Walk
  72. How Blest the Man Who Fears the Lord
  73. How Good, How Faithful, Lord, Art Thou!
  74. How Long, My God, the God of Grace
  75. How Long, O God of Grace
  76. How Long Wilt Thou Forget Me, Lord?
  77. How Many, Lord, My Fall Have Sought
  78. Humble, Lord, My Haughty Spirit
  79. I Come, I Come, the Savior Cries
  80. I Love the Lord, I’ll Love Him Now
  81. I Love the Lord, the Gracious Lord
  82. I Sing of Judgment and of Grace
  83. I Waited Suppliant on the Lord
  84. In Deep Distress to God I Prayer
  85. In Loftier Mood of Loftier Things
  86. In Tears and Trials We Must Sow
  87. In Thee, O Lord, My Trust I Place
  88. In This Wide, Weary World of Care
  89. In Vain the Powers of Darkness Try
  90. It Comes, the Awful Hour
  91. Jehovah Reigns, Enthroned in State
  92. Jehovah Speaks, Let Earth Be Awed
  93. Jehovah to Messiah Said
  94. Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
    • Church of God, by Christ’s Salvation
    • Jesus, We Our Cross Have Taken
    • Know, My Soul, Thy Full Salvation
    • Lo! We Have Left All
    • Savior, I My Cross Have Taken
    • Take, My Soul, Thy Full Salvation
  95. Judge Me, O Lord, and Try My Heart
  96. Judge Me, O Lord, to Thee I Fly
  97. Judgment’s Awful Hour Is Past
  98. Leaves Around Me Falling, The
  99. Let All the World in Joyful Throngs
  100. Living Lord, My Shepherd Is, The
  101. Lone Amidst the Dead and Dying
  102. Long Did I Toil
  103. Lord, a Thousand Foes Surround Us
  104. Lord, at Thy Feet I Bow
  105. Lord, at Thy Feet Our Thanks We Pay
  106. Lord, Be Merciful to Me
  107. Lord God of My Salvation
  108. Lord Hath Builded for Himself, The
  109. Lord, Hear My Prayer, in Mercy Hear
  110. Lord, Hear Our Sabbath Song of Praise
  111. Lord Himself, the Mighty Lord, The
  112. Lord, I Adore Thee, All My Heart
  113. Lord, I Am Thine, Brought into Life
  114. Lord, I Have Sinned, but O Forgive
  115. Lord, I Look for All to Thee
  116. Lord, I Pray with Confidence
  117. Lord, I Will Praise Thee
  118. Lord, I Would Stand with Thoughtful Eye
  119. Lord, in Our Hearts the Feelings Read
  120. Lord in Trouble Hear Thee, The
  121. Lord Is Great, and Greatly Ought, The
  122. Lord Is King, Let Earth Be Glad, The
  123. Lord Is on His Throne Again, The
  124. Lord Is on His Throne on High, The
  125. Lord Is on Our Side, the
  126. Lord Is Our Refuge, The
  127. Lord, My God, in Thee I Trust
  128. Lord, My Spirit Flies to Thee
  129. Lord My Strong Salvation Is, The
  130. Lord of Heaven to Earth Is Come, The
  131. Lord of My Life, My Hopes, My Joys
  132. Lord of the Realms Above
  133. Lord, the Heaven Thy Glory Speaks
  134. Lord, Thou Art Good, I Know It Well
  135. Lord, Thou Art Love Divine!
  136. Lord, Thou Hast Ever Heard My Cry
  137. Lord, Thou Hast Heard My Prayer
  138. Lord, Thou Hast Set Thy People Free
  139. Lord, Thy Best Blessings Shed
  140. Lord, ’Tis a Pleasant Thing to Raise
  141. Lord, to Our Prayer Attend
  142. Lord, We Have Heard Our Fathers Tell
  143. Lord, What a World of Sense and Sin
  144. Lord Who Died on Earth for Men, The
  145. Low in the Dust, O Lord, We Lie
  146. Low in Thy Holy House
  147. Mercies of My God and King, The
  148. My God, My King, Thy Praise I Sing
  149. My God, What Monuments I See
  150. My Heart Its God Would Sing
  151. My Help Comes Down from God Above
  152. My Hiding Place, My Refuge Tower
  153. My Savior, How Thy Soul Was Awed
  154. My Soul, Bless the Lord
  155. My Soul with Patience Waits
  156. My Spirit on Thy Care
  157. My Trust Is in the Lord
  158. No Change of Times Shall Ever Shock
  159. No God for Me! The Fool Exclaims
  160. Not unto Us, Almighty Lord
  161. O Bless the Lord, the Gracious Lord
  162. O Come, Loud Anthems Let Us Raise
  163. O God, My Gracious God, to Thee
  164. O God, My Spirit Sinks Again
  165. O God of Glory, God of Grace
  166. O God of Glory, Wake!
  167. O God of Hosts, the Mighty Lord
  168. O God of Love, How Blest Are They
  169. O God of Love, My God Thou Art
  170. O God of Mercy, Hear My Cry
  171. O God of Truth and Grace
  172. O God, We Lift Our Souls to Thee
  173. O Had I, My Savior, the Wings of a Dove
  174. O Hear My Supplication, Lord!
  175. O How Blest the Congregation
  176. O How Safe, How Happy He
  177. O Israel’s Shepherd, Joseph’s Guide
  178. O Let the People of the Lord
  179. O Lift Your Hearts! O Tune Your Tongues!
  180. O Lord, How Good, How Great Art Thou
  181. O Lord, How Infinite Thy Love
  182. O Lord, How Lovely Is the Place
  183. O Lord, I Am but Sinful Dust
  184. O Lord, Why Hidest Thou Thy Face
  185. O My God, the God of Grace
  186. O Plead My Cause, Blest Savior, Plead
  187. O Praise the Lord, for He Is Good
  188. O Praise the Lord in That Blest Place
  189. O Praise the Lord, the God of Grace
  190. O Praise the Lord, ’Tis Sweet to Raise
  191. O Praise the Lord, Ye Nations, Pour
  192. O Praise the Lord, Ye Saints of His!
  193. O Praise Ye the Lord, with Heart and with Voice
  194. O Pray We All for Salem’s Peace
  195. O Render Thanks, and Bless the Lord
  196. O Render Thanks to God Above
  197. O That Day of Dread and Wonder
  198. O That the Lord’s Salvation
  199. O Thou, to Whom All Creatures Bow
  200. O Thou Whom Thoughtless Men Condemn
  201. O What a Conquest Jesus Won
  202. Of Every Earthly Stay Bereft
  203. Omniscient God, Thy Eye Divine
  204. On God I’ve Called in Trouble’s Hour
  205. On God, on God My Soul Relies
  206. Our Hearts Shall Bless Thee, O Most High
  207. Our Hearts Shall Praise Thee, God of Love
  208. Pilgrims Here on Earth and Strangers
  209. Pilgrim’s Song, The
  210. Pleasant Are Thy Courts Above
  211. Powers of Earth and Hell Combine, The
  212. Praise for Thee, Lord, in Zion Waits
  213. Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
  214. Praise the Lord, God’s Glories Show
  215. Praise the Lord, My Soul Shall Praise Him
  216. Praise the Lord, Ye Hosts on High
  217. Praise to God on High Be Given
  218. Praise Ye the Lord, Her God to Praise
  219. Praise Ye the Lord, His Servants, Raise
  220. Praise Ye the Lord, My Spirit Glows
  221. Praises of the Lord, The
  222. Preserve Me, Lord, from Those
  223. Rebuke Us, Father, but in Love
  224. Redeemed from Guilt, Redeemed from Fears
  225. Redemption’s Holy Work Was Done
  226. Rise, King of Glory, Rise!
  227. Save Me by Thy Glorious Name
  228. Save Me, Lord, the Waters Roll
  229. Seaman on the Swelling Seas, The
  230. Shepherd of Israel, God of Grace
  231. Shout, Ye People, Clap Your Hands
  232. Show Mercy, Mercy, King of Kings!
  233. Sing Praises to the Lord
  234. Sing to the Lord a New Made Song
  235. Sing to the Lord, His Praises Sound
  236. Sing to the Lord, His Triumphs Tell
  237. Sing to the Lord Our Might
  238. Sing to the Risen Lord!
  239. Son of Man Is Gone on High, The
  240. Stranger and Pilgrim Here Below
  241. Support Me, Lord, My Hope Thou Art
  242. Sweet Is the Solemn Voice That Calls
  243. Teach Us, O Lord, How Brief Our Date
  244. That Man Is Blest Who Stands in Awe
  245. Thee Will I Praise, My God, My King
  246. There Is a Safe and Secret Place
  247. This Spacious Earth Is All the Lord’s
  248. Thou Art, Thou Wert, O Lord
  249. Thou Know’st Me, Lord
  250. Through All the Changing Scenes of Life
  251. Through Foes and Danger, Sin and Death
  252. Thy Earthly Dwellings, Lord, Are Fair
  253. Thy Goodness and Thy Truth
  254. Thy Gracious Ear, O Lord, Incline
  255. Thy Mercies, Lord, Shall Be My Song
  256. Thy Mercy, Lord, the Sinner’s Hope
  257. Thy Mercy, Lord, to us Extend
  258. Thy Promise, Lord, Is Perfect Peace
  259. ’Tis a Pleasant Thing to See
  260. ’Tis He! ’Tis He! The Son of God!
  261. ’Tis Thine, O Father, to Assign
  262. To Bless Thy Chosen Race
  263. To My Complaint, O Lord, My God
  264. To Thee, O Lord, in Deep Distress
  265. To Zion’s Hill I Lift Mine Eyes
  266. Unto Thee I Lift Mine Eyes
  267. Uphold Me, Lord, Too Prone to Stray
  268. Vain Were All Our Toil and Labor
  269. Well Thy Works Proclaim Thee, Lord
  270. When at Thy Footstool, Lord, I Bend
  271. When Bursts the Soul Its Earthly Chains
  272. When Earthly Joys Glide Fast Away
  273. When Hope Is Low, and Faith Is Weak
  274. When Israel Forth from Bondage Passed
  275. When Jesus to My Rescue Came
  276. When Sinks My Heart in Gloom and Grief
  277. When We, Our Wearied Limbs to Rest
  278. While Foes on Me with Envy Gaze
  279. Who Place on Zion’s God Their Trust
  280. Whom Shall I Fear? The Living God
  281. Whom Should I Fear, Since God to Me
  282. Whom Should We Love Like Thee?
  283. Why Do the People Rage?
  284. Why Hast Thou Cast Us Off, O Lord?
  285. Why Should I Fret Though Sinners Thrive?
  286. Wilt Thou Return to Me, O Lord?
  287. With Humble Lord, and Holy Fear
  288. With Joy We Hail the Sacred Day
  289. With One Consent Let All the Earth
  290. Within Thy Courts, Before Thy Face
  291. Within Thy Sacred Gates Again
  292. Word of God, in Mercy Given
  293. Ye Distant Lands, in God Rejoice
  294. Ye Realms of Light and Love
  295. Ye Righteous, in the Lord Rejoice
  296. Ye Saints and Servants of the Lord
  297. Ye That Love the Savior’s Name
  298. Yes, God Is Righteous, God Is Good