Lord, With Glowing Heart I'd Praise Thee

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1 Lord, with glowing heart I'd praise thee
for the bliss thy love bestows,
for the pard'ning grace that saves me,
and the peace that from it flows.
Help, O God, my weak endeavor;
this dull soul to rapture raise;
thou must light the flame, or never
can my love be warmed to praise.

2 Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee,
wretched wand'rer far astray;
found thee lost, and kindly brought thee
from the paths of death away.
Praise, with love's devoutest feeling,
him who saw thy guilt-born fear,
and, the light of hope revealing,
bade the blood-stained cross appear.

3 Praise thy Savior God that drew thee
to that cross, new life to give,
held a blood sealed pardon to thee,
bade thee look to him and live.
Praise the grace whose threats alarmed thee,
roused thee from thy fatal ease;
praise the grace whose promise warmed thee,
praise the grace that whispered peace.

4 Lord, this bosom's ardent feeling
vainly would my lips express:
low before thy footstool kneeling,
deign thy suppliant's pray'r to bless.
Let thy love, my soul's chief treasure,
love's pure flame within me raise;
and, since words can never measure,
let my life show forth thy praise.

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #238

Author: Francis Scott Key

Frances Scott Key USA 1779-1843. Born in Frederick County, MD, and educated at St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD, a devout Episcopalian, he practiced law in Washington, DC for four decades. He was U.S. District Attorney for the District of Columbia until his death. He argued some of his cases at the Supreme Court. Key served briefly in a Georgetown militia unit. He married Mary Tayloe Lloyd in 1802, and they had eleven children: Elizabeth, Maria, Francis, John, Anna. Edward, Daniel, Philip, Ellen, Maria, and Charles. He also wrote a few hymn lyrics. During the War of 1812, which Key was against, the British invaded the U.S. and burned the White House, Capitol Building, and Library of Congress. One of Key’s friends, Dr. William B… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, with glowing heart I'd praise Thee
Title: Lord, With Glowing Heart I'd Praise Thee
Author: Francis Scott Key (1819)
Meter: D
Language: English
Notes: Spanish translation: See "Dios con corazón ardiente" by David Vater
Copyright: Public Domain


Lord, with glowing heart [I'd] I'll praise Thee, p. 624, i. 4. A full account of this hymn, but too long for insertion here, is given in the Phila. Forward (in Studies of Familiar Hymns by Louis F.Benson, D.D.), vol. xxi., No.: 26. A copy of the article is among the Broadsheets, Julian Coll., Church Ho., Westminster.

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



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