Lord, What a Change Within Us One Short Hour   1 comment


Above:  Camp Mikell, May 3, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Hymn Sources = The Hymnal (1933) and Handbook to The Hymnal (1935), of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Words by Richard Chevenix Trench (1807-1886), Anglican Archbishop of Dublin (1864-1884)



1.  Lord, what a change within us one short hour

Spent in Thy presence will prevail to make;

What heavy burdens from our bosoms take,

What parched grounds refresh us as with a shower!

2.  We kneel, and all around us seems to lower;

We rise, and all, the distant and the near,

Stands forth in sundry outline, brave and clear;

We kneel, how weak, we rise, how full of power!

3.  Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong,

Or others–that we are not always strong–

That we are sometimes overborne with care–

That we should ever weak or heartless be,

Anxious or troubled–when with us is prayer,

And joy and strength and courage are with Thee?

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  1. Pingback: Feast of Richard Chevenix Trench (March 21) | SUNDRY THOUGHTS

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