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#SS: I Need Thee Every Hour




In a time such as the year 2020, this hymn is one that could be a personal anthem.

About the hymn:

Annie Sherwood Hawks was an American poet and gospel hymnist who wrote a number of hymns with her pastor, Robert Lowry.  The hymn by which Hawks is most widely known, "I Need Thee Every Hour", was written in 1872.  It is said to have been translated into more foreign languages than any other modern hymn at the time of her death. Hawks stated:— "For myself, the hymn was prophetic rather than expressive of my own experiences, for it was wafted out to the world on the wings of love and joy, instead of under the stress of personal sorrow."

Lowry, who wrote the music, went on to say: "I believe it was the expression of her own experience. It came to me in the form of five simple stanzas, to which I added the chorus to make it more serviceable. It inspired me at its first reading. It first appeared in a small collection of original songs prepared for the National Baptist Sunday-school Association, held in Cincinnati, Ohio in November 1872, and was sung on that occasion."

As the title suggests, this hymn, written by Annie Hawks, is a testament to her constant devotion to the Lord, praising the divine blessings of her savior. Hawks stated that this hymn comes from a place of love and joy, an expression of her great appreciation for the salvation found in God.



“I Need Thee Every Hour”


I need thee every hour
Most gracious Lord
No tender voice like thine
Can peace afford
I need thee oh I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now my savior
I come to thee
I need thee every hour
Stay thou near by
Temptations lose their power
When thou art nigh
I need thee oh I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now my savior
I come to thee
I need thee every hour
Most holy one
Oh make me thine indeed
Thou blessed son
I need thee oh I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now my savior
I come to thee
Oh I need thee
I need thee
Oh bless me now my savior
I come to thee







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Comments

  1. Boy, you've got that right, Mary. This definitely should be an anthem of these very trying times. Great choice!

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