Hear Thou in Heaven their prayer and their supplication. 1 Kings 8:45
This cento, in 5 st. of 4 l. in A Selection of Hys. Designed as a Supp. to the Ps. & Hys. of the Presb. Church, Philadelphia [Pennsylvania], 1861, No. 356, and the Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865, No. 1333, is from trs. of Latin hymns pub. in the H. Noted; stanza i. being stanza iii. of Ecce tempus idoneum; stanzas ii., iii. being stanzas iii., iv. of Jesu quadragenariae; stanza iv. being stanza iv. of Audi benigne Conditor; and stanza v. of Plasmator hominis Deus.…Of these trs. stanzas i.-iv. are by Dr. [John Mason] Neale, and stanza v. by another hand.
The result is a most successful hymn for a Fast Day service, or for Lent.
Julian, p. 840
O Lord our God, with earnest care,
With contrite fast, and tear, and prayer,
And works of mercy and of love,
We pray for pardon from above.
Be present now, be present here,
And mark Thy Church’s falling tear;
And own the grief that fills her eyes,
In mourning her iniquities.
Oh, by Thy grace be pardon won,
For sins that former years have done;
And let Thy mercy guard us still,
From crimes that threaten future ill.
So mortify our every sense,
Through grace of outward abstinence,
That from each stain and spot of sin,
Our souls may keep their fast within.
O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, Thine only Son;
Who, with the Holy Ghost and Thee,
Shall live and reign eternally!