TEXT: Claudia Frances Hernaman, 1838-1898, alt.
MUSIC: John’s Day Psalter, 1562
TUNE: ST FLAVIAN
METER: CM (Common Meter: 86 86)
In his book, “Hymn Notes for Church Bulletins,” Austin Lovelace writes:
“As a result of her life-long interest in religious education, the author wrote 150 hymns for children. This one attempts to explain the deeper meanings of the forty days of Lent – fasting, praying, temptations, penitence which point to the joys of Easter which follows the penitential season.”
1. Lord who throughout these forty days,
For us did fast and pray,
Teach us to overcome our sins,
And close by you to stay.
2. As you with Satan did contend,
And us the vict’ry win,
O give us strength in you to fight,
In you to conquer sin.
3. As you did hunger and did thirst,
So teach us, gracious Lord
To die to self, and so to live
By your most holy word.
4. And through these days of penitence,
And through you Passiontide,
Fir evermore, in life and death,
O Lord! with us abide.
5. Abide with us, that through this life
Of doubts and hope and pain,
An Easter of unending joy
We may at last attain!