Scripture Verse

Hear the prayer your servant prays. 1 Kings 8:30


Words: Will­iam H. Par­ker, 1880.

Music: Goe­the, ano­ny­mous (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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


Holy Spir­it! hear us; help us while we sing;
Breathe in­to the mu­sic of the praise we bring.
Holy Spir­it! prompt us when we kneel to pray;
Nearer come and teach us what we ought to say.

Holy Spir­it! shine Thou on the Book we read;
Gild its ho­ly pag­es with the light we need.
Holy Spir­it! give us each a low­ly mind;
Make us more like Je­sus, gen­tle, pure and kind.

Holy Spir­it! bright­en lit­tle deeds of toil;
And our play­ful pas­times let no fol­ly spoil.
Holy Spir­it! keep us safe from sins which lie
Hidden by some plea­sure from our youth­ful eye.

Holy Spir­it! help us dai­ly by Thy might,
What is wrong to con­quer and to choose the right.
Holy Spir­it! hear us, help us while we sing;
Breathe into the mu­sic of the praise we bring.