1 At your feet, our God and Father,
who has blessed us all our days,
we with grateful hearts would gather
to begin the year with praise -
praise for light so brightly shining
on our steps from heav'n above,
praise for mercies daily twining
round us golden cords of love.
2 Jesus, for your love most tender
on the cross for sinners shown,
we would praise you and surrender
all our hearts to be your own:
with so blessed a friend provided,
we upon our way would go,
sure of being safely guided,
guarded well from ev'ry foe.
3 Ev'ry day will be the brighter
when your gracious face we view;
ev'ry burden will be lighter
when we know it comes from you.
Spread your love's broad banner o'er us;
give us strength to serve and wait,
till the glory breaks before us
through the city's open gate.
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 >
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…
Display Title: At Your Feet, Our God and FatherFirst Line: At your feet, our God and FatherTune Title: DULCE CARMENAuthor: James D. BurnsMeter: 184.108.40.206.D. TrochaicScripture: Song of Solomon 2:4Date: 1995Subject: Change of Year | ; Christian year--Change of year |