I sought the Lord, and afterward I knewAuthor: Anonymous (1878)
Songs of Response
Published in 70 hymnals
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1. I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
he moved my soul to seek him, seeking me.
It was not I that found, O Savior true;
no, I was found of thee.
2. Thou didst reach forth thy hand and mine enfold;
I walked and sank not on the storm-vexed sea.
'Twas not so much that I on thee took hold,
as thou, dear Lord, on me.
3. I find, I walk, I love, but oh, the whole
of love is but my answer, Lord, to thee!
For thou wert long beforehand with my soul;
always thou lovedst me.
United Methodist Hymnal, 1989
|First Line:||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew|
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st. 2 = Matt 14:22-23
st. 3 = 1 John 4:10,19, Jer. 31:3
Said by some scholars to have been written in 1878, this anonymous text was published in Holy Songs, Carols, and Sacred Ballads compiled by the Roberts brothers in Boston (1880). Austin Lovelace says of this text: "'He first loved us.' This simple yet profound thought is the basis for the hymn. God loved us long before we knew it. We seek God, but already God is holding out a hand waiting for us to take hold of it and be rescued from the seas of life" (Lovelace, Hymn Notes).
Stanza 2 alludes to the scene in which Christ saves Peter from drowning (see Matt. 14:22-33).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew. [He first loved us.] An anonymous and undated hymn in The Pilgrim Hymnal 1904.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
|Instances (9)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Common Praise (1998) #547||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord||J. Harold Moyer, 1927-||10.10.10.6||Matthew 6:9-15; Matthew 7:7-11; Matthew 14:22-33; Matthew 18:10-14; Mark 6:45-52; Luke 11:1-13; Luke 15:1-32; Luke 19:1-10; John 15:1-17; Romans 5:1-11; Matthew 6:9-15; Matthew 7:7-11; Matthew 14:22-33; Matthew 18:10-14; Mark 6:45-52; Luke 11:1-13; Luke 15:1-32; Luke 19:1-10; John 15:1-17; Romans 5:1-11||FAITH||d minor or modal||1998|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #689||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||Anon.||J. Harold Moyer, b. 1927||10.10.10.6||FAITH||d minor or modal||English||1985|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #685||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord, and Afterward I Knew||anonymous||Jean Sibelius, 1865-1957||188.8.131.52.11.10||Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 14:22-23; 1 John 4:10; 1 John 4:19||FINLANDIA||F Major or modal||2013|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #498||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord, and Afterward I Knew||Anonymous||Jean Sibelius||10.10.10.8.10.8||Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 14:28-33; 1 John 4:10-19; Matthew 14:32; 1 John 4||FINLANDIA||E Flat Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #162||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord||Anonymous||George Brandon||10.10.10.6||Matthew 14:31||PEACE||f minor||English||1985|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #341||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord||Anon.||George W. Chadwick||10.10.10.6||PEACE||A Flat Major||English||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #440||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord||Anonymous||John 12:32; John 6:44; Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 14:31; Luke 19:10||English||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #466||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord, and Afterward I Knew||Anonymous||George W. Chadwick||10.10.10.6 with refrain||1 John 4:19||PEACE||A Flat Major||English||1990|
|Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #593||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord||Anon.||J. Harold Moyer, b. 1927||10.10.10.6||Matthew 14:22-33||FAITH||d minor or modal||English||1986|