I Need Thee Every Hour

Words:6.4.6.4 with chorus • Annie Sherwood Hawks (1872), cho. Robert S. Lowry (1872)
Music:NEED • Robert S. Lowry (1872)

Words

1.

I need Thee every hour,
  Most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine
  Can peace afford.

Refrain

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
  Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior!
  I come to Thee.

2.

I need Thee every hour;
  Stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their pow’r
  When Thou art nigh.
[Refrain]

3.

I need Thee every hour,
  In joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide,
  Or life is vain.
[Refrain]

4.

I need Thee every hour;
  Teach me thy will;
And Thy rich promises
  In me fulfill.
[Refrain]

5.

I need Thee every hour,
  Most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed,
  Thou blessed Son.
[Refrain]

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 314 Lacks vs 4 Identical
Songs of Faith and Praise 837 Lacks vs 4;
Adds Amen
Tenor starts on DO;
Adds Amen
Praise for the Lord 288 Lacks vs 4 Identical
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 63 Lacks vs 4 Identical
Songs of the Church 257 Lacks vs 4;
Adds Amen
Adds amen
Sacred Selections 52 Lacks vs 4 Alto sings parallel thirds and fifths with melody and tenor
at "Every hour I need Thee" (measure 11)
instead of remaining on SOL;
Tenor sings FA FA FA at "bless me now" (measure 13)
instead of remaining on DO
Christian Hymns No. 2 85 Lacks vs 4 Identical
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 91 Lacks vs 4;
Adds Amen
Adds amen

References

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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15