Thou Hast Searched Me and Known Me

O Lord, in me there lieth naught

Author: Philip Sidney
Tune: LEICESTER (Bishop)
Published in 5 hymnals

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1 O Lord, in me there lieth naught
But to Thy search revealèd lies;
For when I sit Thou markest it,
No less Thou notest when I rise;
Yea, closest closet of my thought
Hath open windows to Thine eyes.

2 Thou walkest with me when I walk;
When to my bed for rest I go,
I find Thee there, and everywhere;
Not youngest thought in me doth grow,
No, not one word I cast to talk,
But, yet unuttered, Thou dost know.

3 If forth I march, Thou goest before,
If back I turn, Thou com’st behind;
So forth nor back Thy guard I lack;
Nay, on me too Thy hand I find;
Well I Thy wisdom may adore,
But never reach with earthly mind.

4 To shun Thy notice, leave Thine eye,
O whither might I take my way?
To starry sphere? Thy throne is there:
To dead men’s undelightsome stay?
There is Thy walk, and there to lie
Unknown, in vain I should assay.

5 O sun, whom light nor flight can match!
Suppose thy lightful, flightful wings
Thou lend to me, and I could flee
As far as thee the evening brings;
E’en led to west He would me catch,
Nor should I lurk with western things.

6 Do thou thy best, O secret night,
In sable veil to cover me:
Thy sable veil shall vainly fail.
With day unmasked my night shall be:
For night is day, and darkness light,
O Father of all lights, to Thee.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #15006

Author: Philip Sidney

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First Line: O Lord, in me there lieth naught
Title: Thou Hast Searched Me and Known Me
Author: Philip Sidney
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


O Lord, in me there lieth nought. [Ps. cxxxix.] From The Psalms of David, &c. (ed. 182:5, p. 266), by Sir P. Sidney and his sister, probably by the latter, into Horder's Worship Song, 1905.

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



John Bishop (b. England, 1665; d. Winchester, England, 1737) was lay vicar at King's College, Cambridge, England, in 1687. From 1695 to 1737 he served as organist at Winchester College and in 1697 was appointed lay clerk. He was also an organist at Winchester Cathedral. In 1710 or 1711, Bishop publi…

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