166. Savior, When in Dust to Thee

1 Savior, when in dust to Thee
Low we bow th'adoring knee,
When, repentant, to the skies
Scarce we lift our weeping eyes,
Oh, by all Thy pains and woe
Suffered once for man below,
Bending from Thy throne on high,
Hear our solemn litany!

2 By thy helpless infant years,
By Thy life of want and tears,
By Thy days of sore distress
In the savage wilderness,
By the dread, mysterious hour
Of th'insulting tempter's pow'r,
Turn, O turn, a fav'ring eye,
Hear our solemn litany!

3 By Thine hour of dire despair,
By Thine agony of prayer,
By the cross, the nail, the thorn,
Piercing spear, and torturing scorn,
By the gloom that veiled the skies
O'er the dreadful sacrifice,
Listen to our humble cry;
Hear our solemn litany!

4 By Thy deep expiring groan,
By the sad sepulchral stone,
By the vault whose dark abode
Held in vain the rising God,
Oh, from earth to heav'n restored,
Mighty, reascended Lord,
Listen, listen to the cry,
Hear our solemn litany!


Text Information
First Line: Savior, when in dust to Thee
Title: Savior, When in Dust to Thee
Author: Robert Grant (1815, ab.)
Refrain First Line: Hear our solemn litany
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church Year: Good Friday
Tune Information
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Spanish melody, c. 1600

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