Scripture Verse

I will…keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come. Revelation 3:10

Introduction

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James Montgomery
1771–1854
National Portrait Gallery

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Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, 1834. First pub­lished in his Orig­in­al Hymns for Pub­lic, Pri­vate and So­cial De­vo­tion, 1853.

Music: Pe­ni­tence Spen­cer Lane, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Spencer Lane
1843–1903

Lyrics

In the hour of trial,
Jesus, plead for me,
Lest by base denial
I depart from Thee.
When Thou seest me waver,
With a look recall,
Nor for fear or favor
Suffer me to fall.

With forbidden pleasures
Would this vain world charm,
Or its sordid treasures
Spread to work me harm,
Bring to my remembrance
Sad Geth­se­ma­ne,
Or, in darker semblance,
Cross-crowned Cal­va­ry.

Should Thy mercy send me
Sorrow, toil and woe,
Or should pain attend me
On my path below,
Grant that I may ne­ver
Fail Thy hand to see;
Grant that I may ever
Cast my care on Thee.

When my last hour cometh,
Fraught with strife and pain,
When my dust returneth
To the dust again,
On Thy truth relying,
Through that mortal strife,
Jesus, take me, dying
Tto eter­nal life.