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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-crownedCalvary.

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.

Today is the day, 10/13/1834, that James Montgomery penned his “In the Hour of Trial.” James Montgomery born 11/4/1771, and passing away 4/30/1854, is the author of some eleven longer works and 400 hymns.  Some of his best known lines are “PRAYER IS THE SOUL’S SINCERE DESIRE” the opening line of one of his hymns.  Mont­gom­ery called it “the most at­tract­ive hymn I ev­er wrote.” 

His best know work is an American favorite, “Angels from the realms of glory.”

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