I Need Thee Every Hour

This is another popular hymn by Robert Lowry. Annie S. Hawk wrote the lyrics. She was a housewife with 3 children. She wrote it one bright June morning in 1872. The next Sunday, she handed the lyrics to Dr. Lowry who composed the tune and chorus. Later when Annie’s husband Charles Hawk died, she found that her own hymn was amongst her greatest comforts.

Annie wrote over 400 hymns during her 88 years of life. This one remains the most widely sung today.

Lyrics: Annie S. Hawks; Robery Lowry, Refrain
Music: Robert Lowry 

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

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

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

O how we need the Lord Jesus to be near us.

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3 Responses to “I Need Thee Every Hour”

  1. Robert says:

    Appreciated the quotation of Annie Hawks’s hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour.” (And I do! When things are going smoothly we tend to get complacent and not rely on the Lord. It’s in the testing times that our faith grows.)

    But here’s a little historical note: Did you know that the hymn “Moment by Moment” was written because of a comment made about the former hymn? An evangelist said to the author, Daniel Whittle, that he didn’t just need the Lord Jesus every hour, but every moment of the day, and Whittle turned the thought into a song.

    I think you’d enjoy my blog site Wordwise Hymns, where, each day, I describe something that happened in hymn history on that date.

    God bless.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the comments.

      What a great blog you have! I’ll add it to the Links.
      If you need any piano accompaniment renditions, just let me know and I’ll try my best. Thanks.

  2. Christine Liu says:

    Since I am doing the broadcasting on Hymn appreciation, do you all (Robert and you) mind to send me the link? I would love to learn more from you.

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