Searcher of hearts, before thy face

Searcher of hearts, before thy face

Author: Philip Doddridge
Tune: ST. ETHELDREDA
Published in 35 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Searcher of hearts, before Thy face
I all my soul display,
And, conscious of its innate arts,
Entreat Thy strict survey.

2 If, lurking in its inmost folds,
I any sin conceal,
O let a ray of light divine
The secret guile reveal!

3 If in these fatal fetters bound
A wretched slave I lie:
Smite off my chains, and wake my soul
To light and liberty!

4 To humble penitence and prayer
Be gentle pity given;
Speak ample pardon to my heart,
And seal its claim to heaven.

Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #470

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Searcher of hearts, before thy face
Author: Philip Doddridge

Notes

Searcher of hearts, before Thy face. P. Doddridge. [Lent]. Published by Job Orton, in his posthumous edition of Doddridge’s Hymns, &c., 1755, No. 250, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, “Peter’s Admonition to Simon Magus, Acts viii. 21-24.” It was repeated in J. D. Humphrey’s edition of the same, 1839. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

ST. ETHELDREDA

Thomas Turton (b. Hatfield, Yorkshire, England, 1780; d. Westminster, Middlesex, England, 1864) composed ST. ETHELDREDA in 1860; it was published in James Turle's Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship (1863). Educated at Catharine Hall, Cambridge, England, Turton became a professor of mathematics at C…

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #356

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #356

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #356

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #356

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #356

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #356

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #388

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Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #470

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Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #470

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #573

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #397

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #461

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #461

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Hymns for Public Worship #140

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Hymns for Social Worship: collected from various authors #99

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #151

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #151

Hymns, Collects, Anthems and Selections #d212

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The Gospel Psalmist #459

The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d348

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #986a

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