At Thy Feet, Our God and Father

At Thy feet, our God and Father

Author: James Drummond Burns
Published in 76 hymnals

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1 At Thy feet, our God and Father,
Who hast blessed us all our days,
We with grateful hearts would gather
To begin this hour with praise:
Praise for light so brightly shining
On our steps from heaven above;
Praise for mercies daily twining
Round us golden cords of love.

2 Jesus, for Thy love most tender
On the cross for sinners shown,
We would praise Thee and surrender
All our hearts to be Thine own.
With so blest a Friend provided,
We upon our way would go,
Sure of being safely guided,
Guarded well from every foe.

3 Every day will be the brighter
When Thy gracious face we see;
Every burden will be lighter
When we know it comes from Thee.
Spread Thy love’s broad banner o’er us;
Give us strength to serve and wait,
Till Thy glory breaks before us
Thro' the city’s open gate.


Source: The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #41

Author: James Drummond Burns

Burns, James Drummond, M.A., was born at Edinburgh, February 18, 1823. He studied and graduated M.A. at the University of Edinburgh. In 1845 he became Free Church minister of Dunblane, but resigned through failing health, in 1848, and took charge of the Presbyterian Church at Funchal, Madeira. In 1855 he became minister of Hampstead Presbyterian Church, London. Died at Mentone, Nov. 27, 1864, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery, London. His hymns appeared in:— (l) The Vision of Prophecy: and other Poems (Edin., Edmonston and Douglas). This was originally published in 1854, and enlarged in 1858. The Poems are distinguished by vivid colouring and poetic imagination, along with directness, delicacy of execution, pensive sweetness, and t… Go to person page >

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At Thy Feet, our God and Father. J. D. Burns. [New Year.] Printed in the English Presbyterian Psalms & Hymns, 1867, No. 62, and in his Remains by Dr. J. Hamilton, 1869, pp. 224-5, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "New Year's Hymn” with the text, Ps. lxv. 2, prefixed. It has attained to a fair position in the hymnals of Great Britain, Canada, and America. The opening line sometimes reads, "At Thy feet, 0 God our Father."

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


At Thy feet, our God and Father, p. 89, ii. This hymn was published in the Family Treasury, 1861.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



BETHANY, named after the village near Jerusalem, is a suitably dramatic tune for the song text. It was composed by Henry Smart (b. Marylebone, London, England, 1813; d. Hampstead, London, 1879), a capable composer of church music who wrote some very fine hymn tunes (REGENT SQUARE, 354, is the best-k…

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