O How blest the hour, Lord Jesus,
When we can to Thee draw near.
Promises so sweet and precious
From Thy gracious lips to hear!
Be with us this day to bless us.
That we may not hear in vain;
With the saving truths impress us.
Which the words of life contain.
See us, eager for salvation,
Sit, great Master, at Thy feet,
And with breathless expectation,
Hang upon Thine accents sweet.
Open Thou our minds, and lead
Safely on our heavenward way;
With the lamp of truth precede
That we may not go astray.
Make us gentle, meek, and humble.
And yet bold in doing right:
Scatter darkness, lest we stumble;
Men walk safely in the light.
Lord, endue Thy word from heaven,
With such light, and love, and
That in us its silent heaven
May work on from hour to hour.
Give us grace to bear our witness,
To the truths we have embrace;
And let others both their sweetness
And their quickening virtue taste.