Lord I Hear of Showers of Blessing

Lord I hear of Showers of Blessing Lyrics

Lyrics: Elizabeth Codner Music: William Batchelder Bradbury (1816-1868)

1 Lord, I hear of show’rs of blessing
Thou art scatt’ring full and free,
Show’rs the thirsty land refreshing;
Let some drops now fall on me.

Even me, even me,
Let some drops now fall on me.

2 Pass me not, O gracious Father!
Sinful though my heart may be;
Thou might’st leave me, but the rather
Let Thy mercy fall on me.

3 Pass me not, O tender Savior!
Let me love and cling to Thee;
I am longing for Thy favor;
While Thou’rt calling, call for me.

4 Pass me not, O Lord, the Spirit!
Thou canst make the blind to see;
By the Witness of Thy merit,
Speak the word of power to me.

5 Love of God, so pure and changeless!
Blood of Christ, so rich and free!
Grace of God, so strong and boundless!
Magnify them all in me.

6 Pass me not! Thy lost one bringing,
Bind my heart, O Lord, to Thee;
While the streams of life are springing,
Blessing others, oh, bless me.

Lord I Hear of Showers of Blessing Hymn History

The words of ‘Lord, I hear of showers of blessing’ were written by Elizabeth Codner in 1860 and William Batchelder Bradbury added the music.

This hymn was inspired by the religious revival that took place in Ireland between 1860 and 1861.

It is a plea to the Lord to not pass her with the blessings that were being showered upon the believers in Ireland.

‘Bless me, even me also, o my father. That too should be our prayer.

This hymn has touched many people around the world. It has been used to persuade people to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior.

Late Reverend Canon Hay Aiken once told a story of a young woman who attended on of his meeting.

All the preacher’s earnest appeals did not touch her at all. But as she left the meeting she was touched by this hymn as it was sung by the choir as people were going out.

She followed the hymn in her own book and the last verse touched her most:

Pass me not! Thy Lost one bringing,
Blind my heart, O Lord, to Thee!
While the streams of life are springing,
Blessing others, O bless me! Even Me.

Suddenly, she saw herself as the lost one. Sobbing she pleaded with the Lord, “Pass me not! Thy lost one bringing”. She accepted Christ as her personal savior there and then and found peace that only Christ can give.

Elizabeth Codner was born on 28th March 1919 in Surrey, England. She died in Croydon, Surrey on 28 March 1919

Elizabeth - Lord I Hear of Showers of Blessing hymn writer
Elizabeth Codner

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