1 Lord, we come before Thee now,
At Thy feet we humbly bow;
O do not our suit disdain!
Shall we seek Thee, Lord, in vain?
2 In Thine own appointed way,
Now we seek Thee, here we stay;
Lord from hence we would not go,
Till a blessing Thou bestow.
3 Grant that all may seek and find
Thee a God supremely kind;
Heal the sick, the captive free.
Let us all rejoice in Thee.
Source: The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #50b
|First Line:||Lord, we come before thee now|
|Author:||William Hammond (1745)|
Lord, we come before Thee now. W. Hammond. [Public Worship.] First published in his Psalms & Hymns, 1745, p. 32, in 8 stanzas of 8 lines. In 1760 M. Madan reduced it to 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and as such it was given in his Psalms & Hymns of that year, No. 121. From this arrangement of the hymn most modern editors have taken their text. Original in Lyra Britannica 1867.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)