Scripture Verse

Lord, teach us to pray. Luke 11:1


Words: John S. B. Mon­sell, Hymns and Mis­cel­la­ne­ous Po­ems (Dub­lin: 1837).

Music: Eli­za­beth­town George Kings­ley, 1838 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Kings­ley (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John S. B. Monsell (1811–1875)


When cold our hearts, and far from Thee
Our wan­der­ing spir­its stray,
And thoughts and lips move hea­vi­ly;
Lord, teach us how to pray.

Too vile to ven­ture near Thy throne,
Too poor to turn away;
Our on­ly voice—Thy Spir­it’s groan—
Lord, teach us how to pray.

We know not how to seek Thy face
Unless Thou lead the way;
We have no words, un­less Thy grace,
Lord, teach us how to pray.

Here ev­ery thought and fond de­sire
We on Thine al­tar lay;
And when our souls have caught Thy fire,
Lord, teach us how to pray.