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LORD, we come before Thee now,

A Hymn to be sung at Public Worship.

Poet: William Hammond, 1745
Meter: 7s Double (7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
LORD, we come before Thee now,
At thy Feet we humbly bow:
Oh! do not our Suit disdain,
Shall we seek Thee, LORD, in vain?
In thy Temple, lo we wait,
Knocking at thy Mercy’s Gate;
Now let All thy Chosen Race
See with Joy thy Blessed Face.

Humility 50b, Lines (1, 2, 3, & 4), Stanza 1
Gainsville 70t, Lines (1, 2, 3, & 4), Stanza 1

Gainsville 70t, Lines (1, 2, 3, & 4), Stanza 1
Oh! that we might lift our Eyes,
Oh! That our poor Hearts would rise
To the Throne of Grace above,
And enjoy the Sweets of Love.
LORD, on Thee our Souls depend,
In Compassion now descend;
Fill our Hearts with thy Rich Grace,
Tune our Lips to sing thy Praise.

Gainsville 70t, Lines (5, 6, 7, & 8), Stanza 2

Gainsville 70t, Lines (5, 6, 7, & 8), Stanza 2
Saviour wilt thou not appear?
Thou hast often met us here:
Blessed Master, don’t dismiss
Us without a Kiss of Peace;
Take away the Veil of Sin,
Shed thy Glory, LORD, within:
Give us double for our Shame;
Let our Portion be the Lamb.

In thine own Appointed Way
Now we seek Thee—here we stay;
LORD, we know not how to go
“Till a Blessing Thou bestow:”
Send some Message form thy Word,
That may Joy and Peace afford;
Let thy Spirit now impart
Full Salvation to each Heart.

Humility 50b, Lines (1, 2, 3, & 4), Stanza 2
Gainsville 70t, Stanzas 3 & 4

Open, LORD, the Fountain wide,
Bury us in thy Dear Side:
Thy Rich Mercy has no Bounds,
Hide us, Saviour, in thy Wounds;
Love us, wash us in thy Blood,
Make us Kings and Priests to GOD:
May new Names to us be giv’n,
Sons of GOD, and Heirs of Heaven.

Comfort those who weep and mourn,
Let the Time of Joy return:
Those that are cast down, lift up,
Strong in Faith, in Love, and Hope;
Grant that those who seek may find
Thee a GOD Sincere and Kind:
Heal the Sick, the Captive free;
Let us All rejoice in Thee.

Humility 50b, Lines (5, 6, 7, & 8), Stanza 3
Gainsville 70t, Stanzas 5 & 6

Son of Man, in this thy day
Thine Abundant Grace display;
Preach the Acceptable Year,
Bring the Gospel Tidings near;
Sin and Satan, LORD, dethrone,
Rule and reign in us Alone;
Save us All from Sin and Wrath,
Make us Heirs of GOD thro’ Faith.

Stablish, LORD, our Hearts with Grace,
Give us an Abiding Peace;
Then tho’ Floods around us flow,
Tho’ Winds from all Quarters blow,
Built upon thyself the Rock,
We endure the Mighty Shock;
We are over and above
Conqu’rors thro’ thy Matchless Love.

Watts, Isaac. Hymns and Spiritual Songs: In Three Books. 1773 ed. London: S. Strahan et. al., 1773.