Father, Hear The Prayer We Offer (Sussex) -Organ

Lyrics – 4 verses

Father, hear the prayer we offer:
Not for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength that we may ever
Live our lives courageously.

Not for ever in green pastures
Do we ask our way to be;
But the steep and rugged pathway
May we tread rejoicingly.

Not for ever by still waters
Would we idly rest and stay;
But would smith the living fountains
From the rocks along our way.

Be our strength in hours of weakness,
In our wanderings be our guide;
Through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be thou at our side.

Lyrics by Love Maria Whitcomb Willis (1824 – 1908). Public Domain


  • Tune: Sussex, a  traditional English melody by an unknown composer adapted Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958). Music Copyright © Copyright © 1919 Stainer & Bell. Recorded with permission. Licence number: OLE-0018674.
  • Performance ℗ 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved. UKTU21900098
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