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