O God, in this Thine hour of grace
O God, in this Thine hour of grace. Cecil Henry Boutflower* (1863-1942).
This was a hymn for confirmation, written probably during Boutflower's time as Bishop of Southampton (1921-33), when one of his principal duties would have been that of confirming young people. It was published in the Church and School Hymnal (1926). In A&MR (1950) stanza 4 was omitted. The full text was:
O God, in this Thine hour of grace, With needy heart and empty hand, Yet bidden of thee to seek Thy face, For blessing at Thy feet we stand.
Ours are the vows, the frail desires, The high resolve to dare and do; Our flickering faith to Thee aspires, And passes like the morning dew.
Ours is the mighty need...
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