Scripture Verse

O Lord God, remember me, I pray Thee, and strengthen me. Judges 16:28


Words: Charles M. Lew­is, in Songs of Love and Praise No. 4, by John R. Swe­ney, Hen­ry L. Gil­mour & J. How­ard Ent­wisle (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1897), num­ber 13.

Music: S. Mon­roe Van­sant (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


How sweet is the bless­ing
Our hearts find in pray­er!
What com­fort and peace it in­spires!
A re­fuge in sor­row,
A sol­ace in care,
A shield in temp­ta­tion’s fierce fires.


Prayer, pray­er,
Balm for wound­ed hearts;
Prayer, pray­er,
Shield for Sa­tan’s darts;
Prayer, pray­er,
Safeguard all the way,
Till life’s rug­ged path leads up
To realms of day.

How blest the as­sur­ance,
When tri­als as­sail,
That pray­er brings us strength to o’er­come;
That our plead­ings for suc­cor
Shall ever pre­vail,
Till at length we shall reach that blest home.


The young and the ag­èd
Rejoice in its pow­er,
The weak and the wea­ry at heart;
Thro’ life’s toil­some jour­ney,
In death’s try­ing hour
Its pro­mises will not de­part.