Lord, I hear of showers of blessing

Lord, I hear of showers of blessing.  Elizabeth Codner* (1823-1919) According to JJ, who had access to the papers of Daniel Sedgwick*, the hymn was sent by Codner to Sedgwick on 18 June 1866, and the manuscript states ‘written in the summer of 1860’. In that MS it was headed ‘Bless me, even me also, O my Father’. However, Duffield (1885, p. 328) states that it was published as a leaflet in 1861, which would account for its appearance in Charles Haddon Spurgeon*s Our Own Hymn Book (1866). Taylor (1989, p. 106) says that it was published by the Dublin Tract Repository in leaflet form, and that the British Library Copy is dated ‘12 MA 60’. The phrase ‘even me’ in the title refers to the...

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