Day after day I sought the Lord

Day after day I sought the Lord

Author: Julius Charles Hare
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1. Day after day I sought the Lord,
And waited patiently;
Until He bent down from His throne,
And hearkened to my cry.

2. He drew me from the fearful pit,
And from the miry clay;
He placed my feet upon a rock,
And led me in His way.

3. He taught my soul a new-made song,
A song of holy praise,
All they who see these things, with fear
Their hopes to God shall raise.

4. Most blessèd is the man whose hope
Upon the Lord relies;
Who follows not the proud, nor those
That turn aside to lies.

5. O Lord, what wonders hast Thou wrought,
All number far above!
Thy thoughts to us-ward overflow
With mercy, grace, and love.

6. Show forth Thy mercy, gracious Lord;
O take it not away!
Thy loving kindness and Thy truth,
Let them be still my stay.

7. For countless sorrows hem me round;
And my iniquities
So hold me fast, and drag me down,
I cannot raise my eyes.

8. My hairs in number they surpass;
Hence is my heart dismayed;
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to rescue me!
O hasten to my aid.

9. Let those who seek Thee faithfully
In peace and joy abide;
Let those who love Thy grace still say,
The Lord be magnified.

10. Poor am I, and in need; yet God
Care of my soul doth take.
Thou art my help; my Savior Thou;
Lord, no long tarrying make.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1165

Author: Julius Charles Hare

Hare, Julius Charles, M.A., was born in 1796, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and died in 1855. In conjunction with his brother Augustus William he published the celebrated Guesses at Truth. He also assisted Bp. Thirlwall in translating Niebuhr's History of Rome. His Essays, Sermons, and other publications were numerous and important. He was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Rector of Hurstmonceux, and Chaplain to the Queen. The following of his Psalm versions are in common use at the present time:—(1) "Lo, I come to do Thy will (Ps. xl.)” and (2) "Lord God, my Saviour, day and night (Ps. lxxxviii.) [No. 263.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Day after day I sought the Lord
Author: Julius Charles Hare
Refrain First Line: They're all taken away
Copyright: Public Domain


Day after day I sought the Lord. J. C. Hare. [Psalms xl.] This version of Psalms xl. in two parts; pt. ii. beginning, "Show forth Thy mercy, gracious Lord," appeared in his Portions of the Psalms in English Verse, Selected for Public Worship (Lond. J. W. Parker), 1839, pp. 56-7, each in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1875 both parts were included in an unaltered form in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 566.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Day after day I sought the Lord . J. C. Hare. [Ps. xl.] From his version of Ps. xl. in his Portions of the Psalms in English Verse, 1889, Pt. i., into The Methodist Hymn Book 1904. The second part of the same version begins "Shew forth Thy mercy, gracious Lord" (see p. 924, i.).

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



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