"When in the Hour of Utmost Need"

                       By Paul Eber, 1511-1569

                                  Text From:

                       THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

        (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        1. When in the hour of utmost need

        We know not where to look for aid;

        When days and nights of anxious thought

        Nor help nor counsel yet have brought,

        2. Then this our comfort is alone,

        That we may meet before Thy throne

        And cry, O faithful God, to Thee

        For rescue from our misery;

        3. To Thee may raise our hearts and eyes,

        Repenting sore with bitter sighs,

        And seek Thy pardon for our sin

        And respite from our griefs within.

        4. For Thou hast promised graciously

        To hear all those who cry to Thee

        Through Him whose name alone is great,

        Our Savior and our Advocate.

        5. And thus we come, O God, today

        And all our woes before Thee lay;

        For sorely tried, cast down, we stand,

        Perplexed by fears on every hand.

        6. Ah! hide not for our sins Thy face,

        Absolve us through Thy boundless grace,

        Be with us in our anguish still,

        Free us at last from every ill,

        7. That so with all our hearts we may

        To Thee our glad thanksgiving pay,

        Then walk obedient to Thy Word

        And now and ever praise Thee, Lord.

Notes: Hymn #522 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: 2 Chron. 20: 12 Author: Paul Eber, 1560 Based from the Latin hymn by Joachim Camerarius Translated by: Caatherine Winkworth, 1858, alt. Titled: "Wenn wir in hoechsten Noeten sein" Tune: "Wenn wir in hoechsten Noeten" 1st Published in: _Genevan Psalter_, 1547
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