"Great King of Nations, Hear Our Prayer"
by John H. Gurney, 1802-1862
THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)
1. Great King of nations, hear our prayer
While at Thy feet we fall
And humbly with united cry
To Thee for mercy call.
The guilt is ours, but grace is Thine;
Oh, turn us not away,
But hear us from Thy lofty throne
And help us when we pray.
2. Our fathers' sins were manifold,
And ours no less we own;
Yet wondrously from age to age
Thy goodness hath been shown.
When dangers, like a stormy sea,
Beset our country round,
To Thee we looked, to Thee we cried,
And help in Thee was found.
3. With one consent we meekly bow
Beneath Thy chast'ning hand
And, pouring forth confession meet,
Mourn with our mourning land.
With pitying eye behold our need
As thus we lift our prayer;
Correct us with Thy judgments, Lord,
Then let Thy mercy spare.
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Hymn #583 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Psalm 65:2
Author: John H. Gurney, 1838
Tune: "Old 137th"
1st Published in: _Anglo-Genevan Psalter_, 1556
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