1 O Lord, behold us at thy feet,
A small paternal band;
As suppliants 'round thy mercy-seat,
We come at thy command.
2 'Tis for our children we would plead,
The offspring thou hast given;
Where shall we go, in time of need,
But to the God of heaven?
3 We ask not for them wealth and fame,
Amid the worldly strife;
But in thy all-prevailing name
We ask eternal life.
4 We seek the Spirit's quick'ning grace,
To make them pure in heart,
That they may stand before thy face,
And see thee as thou art.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #745