I. I love the Lord, his gracious ear
Inclin'd to my distressful pray'r;
He heard my supplicating voice,
And bade my fainting heart rejoice.
II. For this, when future sorrows rise,
To him I'll breathe my humble cries;
For this, thro' all my future days,
Adore his name and sing his praise.
III. Death spread around his fatal chains,
To drag me to infernal pains;
I felt the agonizing dart,
And horror siez'd my trembling heart.
IV. 'Twas then, in my extreme distress,
I call'd upon the God of grace,
Whose pow'r can death and hell controul;
Lord, I beseech thee, save my soul.
V. For ever gracious is the Lord,
For ever faithful to his word;
By sweet experience now I prove
His mercy, his unchanging love.
VI. The Lord preserves, with tender care,
The weak, the humble, and sincere;
Low in the dust my hopes were laid,
But God appear'd with timely aid.
VII. Return my soul, and sweetly rest
On thy almighty Father's breast;
The bounties of his grace adore,
And count his wond'rous mercies o'er.
VIII. Thy mercy, Lord, preserv'd my breath,
And snatch'd my fainting soul from death,
Remov'd my sorrows, dry'd my tears.
And sav'd me from surrounding snares.
IX. Now I will walk before the Lord,
A living witness to his word;
With faith and pray'r I sought his face,
My griefs were great, and great his grace.
X. No meaner help, no mortal art,
Could ease the anguish of my heart;
My hasty tongue, in rash replies,
Pronounc'd the words of men but lies.
XI. What shall I render to the Lord?
Or how his wond'rous grace record?
To him my grateful voice I'll raise,
And pour libations to his praise.
XII. His crouded courts shall see me pay
The vows of my distressful day;
In life and death the saints shall find
Their guardian God for ever kind.
XIII. Thy servant, Lord, is wholly thine,
By nature's ties, and bonds divine;
From deep distress and sorrow free,
Anew I give myself to thee.
XIV. To thee, with sacrifice of praise,
My invocations I will raise;
To thee my vows shall warm ascend,
While crowds the solemn rites attend.
XV. O Salem, in thy sacred courts,
Where glory dwells and joy resorts,
To notes divine I'll tune the song,
And praise shall flow from ev'ry tongue.
Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #222
|Instances (1 - 10 of 10)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d417||I love the Lord, his gracious ear||I love the Lord, his gracious ear||Anne Steele||1856|
|Church Melodies: collection of psalms and hymns, with appropriate music. For the use of congregations. #428||I love the Lord;--his gracious ear||I love the Lord;--his gracious ear||1858|
|Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #P116a||I love the Lord;--his gracious ear||I love the Lord;--his gracious ear||1847|
|Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #P116a||Grateful Recollections||I love the Lord, his gracious ear||L. M.||1845|
|Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #P116a||I love the Lord;--his gracious ear||I love the Lord;--his gracious ear||1843|
|Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #108||I love the Lord, his gracious ear||I love the Lord, his gracious ear||Anne Steele||1856|
|Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #222||Psalm CXVI||I love the Lord, his gracious ear||Psalm 116||1760|
|Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #P116.2||I love the Lord;-- his gracious ear||I love the Lord;-- his gracious ear||1845|
|Sacred lyrics, or Select hymns: particularly adapted to revivals of religion, and intended as a supplement to Watts. #119||I love the Lord; his gracious ear||I love the Lord; his gracious ear||Mrs. Steele||1832|
|The Millennial Harp #d186||I love the Lord, his gracious ear||I love the Lord, his gracious ear||Anne Steele||1851|