Savior, When in Dust to Thee

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1 Savior, when in dust to you
low we bow in homage due,
when, repentant, to the skies
scarce we lift our weeping eyes,
O, by all your pains and woe
suffered once for us below,
bending from your throne on high,
hear our penitential cry!

2 By your helpless infant years,
by your life of want and tears,
by your days of deep distress
in the savage wilderness,
by the dread, mysterious hour
of th'insulting tempter's pow'r,
turn, O turn a fav'ring eye,
hear our penitential cry!

3 By your hour of dire despair,
by your agony of prayer,
by the cross, the nail, the thorn,
piercing spear, and torturing scorn,
by the gloom that veiled the skies
o'er the dreadful sacrifice,
listen to our humble sigh,
hear our penitential cry!

4 By your deep expiring groan,
by the sad sepulchral stone,
by the vault whose dark abode
held in vain the rising God,
O, from earth to heav'n restored,
mighty, re-ascended Lord,
bending from your throne on high,
hear our penitential cry!

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #393

Author: Robert Grant

Robert Grant (b. Bengal, India, 1779; d. Dalpoorie, India, 1838) was influenced in writing this text by William Kethe’s paraphrase of Psalm 104 in the Anglo-Genevan Psalter (1561). Grant’s text was first published in Edward Bickersteth’s Christian Psalmody (1833) with several unauthorized alterations. In 1835 his original six-stanza text was published in Henry Elliott’s Psalm and Hymns (The original stanza 3 was omitted in Lift Up Your Hearts). Of Scottish ancestry, Grant was born in India, where his father was a director of the East India Company. He attended Magdalen College, Cambridge, and was called to the bar in 1807. He had a distinguished public career a Governor of Bombay and as a member of the British Parliament, where… Go to person page >

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First Line: Savior, when in dust to Thee
Title: Savior, When in Dust to Thee
Author: Robert Grant (1815)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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