Scripture Verse

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. Psalm 61:1


Ralph E. Hudson

Words: Ano­ny­mous, in the Ca­tho­lic Cho­ral­ist, by Will­iam Young, 1842, num­ber 60, in 13 4-line stan­zas, as Hymn of the Ca­la­bri­an Shep­herds.

Music: Mar­tyr­dom Hugh Wil­son, 1800. Ar­ranged by Ralph E. Hu­dson, cir­ca 1885 (🔊 pdf nwc).


As darker, darker, fall around
The shadows of the night,
We gather here with hymn and prayer,
To seek the eternal light.

Father in Heaven, to Thee are known
Our many hopes and fears,
Our heavy weight of mortal toil,
Our bitterness of tears.

We pray Thee for our absent ones,
Who have been with us here:
And in our secret heart we name
The distant and the dear.

For weary eyes, and aching hearts,
And feet that from Thee rove,
The sick, the poor, the tired, the fallen,
We pray Thee, God of love.

We bring to Thee our hopes and fears
And at Thy footstool lay;
And, Father, Thou who lovest all
Wilt hear us as we pray.