In the Hour of Trial

Words: D • st. 1-2 James Montgomery (1834), st. 3-4 Frances A. Hutton (1861?), with historical influences
Music:PENITENCE • Spencer Lane (1870s?)



In the hour of trial,
  Jesus, plead for me,
Lest by base denial
  I depart from Thee.
When Thou seest me waver,
  With a look recall,
Nor, for fear or favor,
  Suffer me to fall.


With forbidden pleasures
  Would this vain world charm,
Or its sordid treasures
  Spread to work me harm,
Bring to my remembrance
  Sad Gethsemane,
Or, in darker semblance,
  Cross-crowned Calvary.


Should Thy mercy send me
  Sorrow, toil and woe,
Or should pain attend me
  On my path below,
Grant that I may never
  Fail Thy hand to see;
Grant that I may ever
  Cast my care on Thee.


When my last hour cometh,
  Fraught with strife and pain,
When my dust returneth
  To the dust again,
On Thy truth relying
  Through that mortal strife,
Jesus, take me dying,
  To eternal life.

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 411 Identical Alto sings MI instead of DO in m. 1, beat 4, easing the approach to the E natural in m. 2
Songs for Worship and Praise 649 Lacks vs 4;
Has “Nor… nor” instead of “Nor… or” in vs 1
Songs of Faith and Praise 767 Lacks vs 4;
Has “Nor… nor” instead of “Nor… or” in vs 1
Praise for the Lord 328 Identical Identical
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 83 Lacks vs 4 Identical
Songs of the Church 225 Lacks vs 4 Identical
Sacred Selections 536 Identical Identical
Christian Hymns No. 2 312 Lacks vs 4 Bass drops an octave in beat 4 of penultimate measure
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 413 Lacks vs 4 Identical




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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