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Behold we come, dear Lord, to thee

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1 Behold we come, dear Lord, to thee
And bow before thy Throne,
We come to offer all our Vows,
Our Souls to thee alone.

2 Whate’er we have, whate’er we are,
Thy Bounty freely gave;
Thou dost here in Mercy spare,
And wilt hereafter save.

3 But o! can all our Store afford
No better Gifts for thee?
Thus we confess thy Riches, Lord,
And thus our Poverty.

4 'Tis not our Tongues or Knees can pay
The mighty Debt we owe:
Far more we shou'd, than we can say,
Far lower sho'd we bow.

5 Come then my Soul, bring all thy Powers
And grieve thou hast no more,
Bring every Day thy choicest Hours
And thy great God adore.

6 But above all prepare thy Heart
On this his own blest Day,
In its sweet Task to bear a part,
And sing and love and pray!

Source: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #XXIV

Author: William Birchley

Pseudonym used by John Austin… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Behold we come, dear Lord, to thee
Author: William Birchley


Behold we come, dear [good] Lord, to Thee. J. Austin. [Sunday.] This is the first hymn, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, in his Devotions in the Antient Way of Offices, 1668, and is appointed for Sunday at Matins. After passing through the various reprints of that work, and of the revised editions of Dorrington, and of Hickes, it was included, with slight alterations, in the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857; Pott's Collection, 1861; the New Zealand Hymnal, 1872, and others. It had, however, previously appeared in J. Wesley's Psalms & Hymns, Charlestown, South Carolina, 1736-7, No. 24, in 6 stanzas. [William T. Brooke] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



EVAN (Havergal)

This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list.

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