O solemn hour, so strange and still
O solemn hour, so strange and still. John Henry Lester* (ca. 1845-ca. 1904).
First published in the Lichfield Church Mission Hymn Book (1883). The date of composition is not known. It was subsequently printed in the Mirfield Mission Hymn Book* (1907), where the four stanzas were separated into two parts, the second ‘To be sung kneeling’:
O solemn hour, so strange and still, When all goes cold in death! When I must bid a last farewell To all I’ve loved on earth. And shall I pass away alone Into Eternity? O God, what voice will meet me there? What hand be laid on me?
If I have lived a wasted life, Or missed its purpose high, Or been unreal in my faith, How can I – dare I – die?...
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