At thy feet, O Christ, we lay

At thy feet, O Christ, we lay

Author: William Bright
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1 At thy feet, O Christ, we lay
Thine own gift of this new day;
Doubt of what it holds in store
Makes us crave thine aid the more;
Lest it prove a time of loss,
Mark it, Saviour, with thy Cross.

2 If it flow on calm and bright,
Be thyself our chief delight;
If it bring unknown distress,
Good is all that thou canst bless;
Only, while its hours begin,
Pray we, keep them clear of sin. A-men.

3 We in part our weakness know,
And in part discern our foe;
Well for us, before thine eyes
All our danger open lies;
Turn not from us, while we plead
Thy compassions and our need.

4 Fain would we thy Word embrace,
Live each moment on thy grace,
All our selves to thee consign,
Fold up all our wills in thine,
Think, and speak, and do, and be
Simply that which pleases thee.

5 Hear us, Lord, and that right soon;
Hear, and grant the choicest boon
That thy love can e’er impart,
Loyal singleness of heart;
So shall this and all our days,
Christ our God, show forth thy praise.


Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #203a

Author: William Bright

Bright, William, D.D., born at Doncaster, Dec. 14, 1824, and educated at University College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. (first class in Lit. Hum.) in 1846, M.A. in 1849. In 1847 he was Johnson's Theological Scholar: and in 1848 he also obtained the Ellerton Theological Essay prize. He was elected Fellow in 1847, and subsequently became Tutor of his College. Taking Holy Orders in 1848, he was for some time Tutor at Trinity College, Glenalmond; but in 1859 he returned to Oxford, and in 1868 became Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Canon of Christ Church. His publications include:— (1) Ancient Collects, selected from various Rituals, 1857, 2nd ed., 1862; (2) History of the Church from the Edict of Milan to the Council of… Go to person page >

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First Line: At thy feet, O Christ, we lay
Author: William Bright
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


At Thy feet, O Christ, we lay. W. Bright. [Morning.] First appeared in the Monthly Packet for October, 1867, and again in Canon Bright's Hymns and Poems, 2nd edition 1874, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines. In the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1875, it is given in full as No. 6, with the alteration in stanza iii. l. 2 of "on Thy grace" to "in Thy grace." [William T. Brooke]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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