1 And can my heart aspire so high
To say—My Father, God?
Lord, at Thy feet, I fain would lie,
And learn to kiss the rod.
2 I would submit to all Thy will,
For thou art good and wise;
Let each rebellious thought be still,
Nor one faint murmur rise.
3 Thy love can cheer the darkest gloom,
And bid me wait serene,
Till hopes and joys immortal bloom,
And brighten all the scene.
4 My Father, God, permit my heart
To plead her humble claim,
And ask the bliss those words impart,
In my Redeemer's name.
Source: Beulah Songs: a choice collection of popular hymns and music, new and old. Especially adapted to camp meetings, prayer and conference meetings, family worship, and all other assemblies... #9
And can my heart aspire so high. Anne Steele. [Submission. ] First published in her Poems, &c, new edition, 1780, vol. iii. p. 132, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, headed, "Filial Submission," and based on Heb. xii. 7. It was included in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863, p. 147. Its use is mainly confined to American collections of various denominations.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)