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Behold us, Lord, before thee met

Behold us, Lord, before thee met

Author: William Bright
Published in 10 hymnals

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1. Behold us, Lord, before Thee met
Whom each bright angel serves and fears,
Who on Thy throne rememberest yet
Thy spotless boyhood’s quiet years;
Whose feet the hills of Nazareth trod,
Who art true Man and perfect God.

2. To Thee we look, in Thee confide,
Our help is in Thine own dear name;
For who on Jesus e’er relied,
And found not Jesus still the same?
Thus far Thy love our souls hath brought:
O stablish well what Thou hast wrought.

3. From Thee was our baptismal grace,
The holy seed by Thee was sown;
And now before our Father’s face
We make the three great vows our own,
And ask, in Thine appointed way,
Confirm us in Thy grace today.

4. We need Thee more than tongue can speak,
’Mid foes that well might cast us down;
But thousands, once as young and weak,
Have fought the fight, and won the crown;
We ask the help that bore them through;
We trust the Faithful and the True.

5. So bless us with the gift complete
By hands of Thy chief pastors giv’n,
That awful presence kind and sweet,
Which comes in sevenfold might from Heav’n;
Eternal Christ, to Thee we bow:
Give us Thy Spirit here and now.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #690

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: Behold us, Lord, before thee met
Author: William Bright
Copyright: Public Domain


2. Behold us, Lord, before Thee met. Confirmation. Printed in the Monthly Packet, Nov. 1867, and, in a revised form, in the Appendix to Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1868.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Behold us, Lord, before Thee met, p. 182, ii. 2. As the third stanza of this hymn has been re-written a second time by the Compilers of Hymns Ancient & Modern for their new ed., 1904, we give Canon Bright's original text from the Monthly Packet, Nov. 1867:—
"From Thee was our baptismal grace,
The holy seed by Thee was sown;
In this full sunlight of Thy face,
We make the three great vows our own,
And ask in Thine appointed way.
Confirm us in Thy grace to-day."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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