Scripture Verse

Thou wilt hear me, O God: incline Thine ear unto me. Psalm 17:6

Introduction

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François H. Barthélémon
(1741–1808)

Words: Will­iam R. Al­ger, in Sing­ers and Songs of the Li­ber­al Faith, ed­it­ed by Al­fred P. Put­nam (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ro­berts Bro­thers, 1875), page 472.

Music: Bal­ler­ma Fran­çois H. Bar­thé­lé­mon (1741–1808). Adapt­ed by Ro­bert Simp­son in A Se­lect­ion of Or­ig­in­al Sac­red Mu­sic, 1833 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a bet­ter pic­ture of Bar­thé­lé­mon, would you ?

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William R. Alger
(1822–1905)

Lyrics

O Father, kindly deign to hear
The thanks Thy children bring;
Help us with love and reverent fear
Thy lofty praise to sing.

And while before Thy throne we bow,
Come Thou to every heart:
From sin O purify us now;
Give us that better part.

Remove today the world’s wild din;
Our souls from evil save;
Help us life’s noblest crown to win;
Guide us beyond the grave.