Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hymn of the Month -- Sweet Hour of Prayer

I'm starting the month off with the Hymn of the Month.  All the parts of this quartet, in barbershop style, were sung by this one man, Vance Perry, who recorded each part seven times to give the sense of a chorus.  The full, rich sound of the music, along with the meaningful words of the song, make this a moving hymn.

Sweet Hour of Prayer
Text by William W. Walford
Music by William B Bradbury  

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
that calls me from a world of care,
and bids me, at my Father's throne
make all my wants and wishes known:
In seasons of distress and grief
my soul has often found release,
and oft escaped the tempter's snare
by thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
thy wings shall my petition bear
to Him whose truth and faithfulness
engage the waiting soul to bless:
And since he bids me seek his face,
believe His word and trust His grace,
I'll cast on Him my every care,
and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.

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