Searcher of Hearts, from Mine Erase

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1 Searcher of hearts, from mine erase,
all thoughts that should not be,
and in its deep recesses trace
my gratitude to thee.

2 Hearer of prayer, O guide aright
each word and deed of mine;
life's battle teach me how to fight,
and be the vict'ry thine.

3 Giver of all - for ev'ry good
in the Redeemer came -
for raiment, shelter, and for food,
I thank thee in his name.

4 Father and Son and Holy Ghost,
thou glorious Three in One,
thou knowest best what I need most,
and let thy will be done.

Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #536

Author: George P. Morris

Morris, George, was born in Philadelphia, Oct. 10, 1802. In early life he removed to New York, where, in 1822, he became the editor of the New York Mirror magazine. On that magazine, together with The Home Journal, he was associated with N. P. Willis. His works include The Deserted Bride, and Other Poems, 1843; Poems, 1853; American Melodies; and some prose pieces. He is best known as a writer of songs, one of which, "Woodman, spare that tree," is very popular. His hymns, "Man dieth and wasteth away " (Victory over Death"; and "Searcher of hearts! from mine erase", Lent), are in a few American collections, as the Songs for the Sanctuary, 1865, and the Methodist Hymnal, 1878. Mr. Morris died in New York July 6, 1864. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M… Go to person page >

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First Line: Searcher of hearts, from mine erase
Title: Searcher of Hearts, from Mine Erase
Author: George P. Morris (1838)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness." Like many of Dykes's…

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