Lord, who throughout these forty days

Hymn #59
Text: Claudia Frances Hernaman (1838-1898)
Music: John Day’s Psalter (1562)
Tune name: ST. FLAVIAN



The wife of an English inspector of schools, Claudia Frances Hernaman wrote many hymns for children and compiled several collections of hymns for use in religious instruction. This hymn first appeared in her Child’s Book of Praise (1873).

1. Lord, who throughout these forty days
for us didst fast and pray,
teach us with thee to mourn our sins
and close by thee to stay.

2. As thou with Satan didst contend,
and did the vict’ry win,
O give us strength in thee to fight,
in thee to conquer sin.

3. As thou didst hunger bear and thirst,
so teach us, gracious Lord,
to die to self, and so to live
by thy most holy word.

4. And through these days of penitence,
and through thy Passiontide,
forevermore, in life and death,
Jesus!, with us abide.

5. Abide with us, that through this life
of suff’ring overpast,
an Easter of unending joy
we may attain at last!



ST. FLAVIAN appears with four different hymns in our Hymnal (this one, #198, #391, and #569). It is the first half of an eight-line tune originally set to Psalm 132 in the English Psalter of 1562.

Below is Andrew Remillard’s rendition of this hymn on piano.