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SOLOMON'S PRAYER, by            
First Line: Lord god of israel, hear our prayer
Last Line: And when thou hearest, lord, forgive!
Alternate Author Name(s): Idamore
Subject(s): Solomon (10th Century B.c.)


Lord God of Israel, hear our prayer:
There is no God in Heaven above,
Or earth, that can with thee compare,
Thou God of mercy, God of love!
Our father's God! O, hear us now:
Look down from Heaven and bid us live;
Hear the petition, hear the vow,
And when thou hearest, Oh, forgive!

Our Father, from thy throne on high
Behold in love thy people here;
Regard the contrite, humble cry,
The joy, the gratitude, the tear.
This temple, holy may it be;
Our offerings ever here receive;
And when our prayers ascend to thee,
Our sins, our sins, great God, forgive!

Oh, keep us, Lord, from every ill,—
From pestilence and famine drear:
Should aught appal, we would be still
And feel and know that thou art here.
And when we sin, thou God of grace,
And pray, implore thee, mercy have;
Hear thou in Heaven, thy dwelling-place,
And when thou hearest, Oh, forgive!

Have pity, Lord, on all oppressed
With pain, anxiety or grief;
Oh, ever comfort the distressed,
And to thy captive grant relief.
Beneath thy kind protecting wing
May we forever, ever live;
Hear thou the offerings now we bring,
And when thou hearest, Lord, forgive!

Jehovah! may thy spirit fill
This house we dedicate to thee;
Subdue us ever to thy will,
And in thine holy temple be.
Surely should we, thy chosen race,
To thee our adoration give:
Hear us in Heaven, thy dwelling-place;
And when thou hearest, Lord, forgive!





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