This hymn arrangement combines the hymns "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and "In Humility, Our Savior".
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The text of "Sweet Hour of Prayer" was first published in the New York Observer in 1845. According to Thomas Salmon (the publisher of the article), the text had come from a blind English preacher named William Walford (1772-1850) who still resided in England (1). The music was subsequently composed by the musician William Bradbury (1816-1868) who notably also composed the music to "Jesus Loves Me" (2). The original hymn words and music in SATB format is available here.
The text of "In Humility, Our Savior" was written by LDS Hymnwriter Mabel Jones Gabbott (1910-2004). So far as I can tell, it was first included in the LDS Hymnal in 1985. Gabbott also notably wrote the LDS Childrens Hymn "He Sent his Son". The text was set to music written by Welsh musician Rowland Pritchard (1811-1887). This same melody has actually been used for a number of different hymns, including "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" (3). The original hymn words and music in SATB format is available here.
In this arrangement, "Sweet Hour of Prayer" is set in a minor key because I am trying to capture the prayers of those pleading with God during times of immense loss or grief. The arrangement then transitions into "In Humility, Our Savior", to remind us that Jesus Christ himself has uttered such prayers too. In the garden of Gethsemane, just prior to performing the atonement and dying on the cross, Christ pled "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done" (4). The text from "In Humility, Our Savior" eloquently states:
Let me not forget, O Savior,
Thou didst bleed and die for me
When thy heart was stilled and broken
On the cross at Calvary
In the final few lines of the arrangement, I transition back to a major key signifying the resolution of the prior loss or grief. Because of Christ's prayer: "not my will, but thine, be done" and his willingness to drink the "bitter cup", even our darkest prayers can indeed become sweet.