Lord, when we bend before thy throne

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1 Lord, when we bend before Thy throne,
And our confessions pour,
Teach us to feel the sins we own,
And hate what we deplore.

2 Our broken spirits pitying see,
True penitence impart;
Then let a kindling glance from Thee
Beam hope upon the heart.

3 When our responsive tongues essay
Their grateful hymns to raise,
Grant that our souls may join the lay
And mount to Thee in praise.

4 When we disclose our wants in prayer,
May we our wills resign
And not a thought our bosom share
Which is not wholly Thine.

5 May faith each meek petition fill
And waft it to the skies;
And teach our hearts 'tis goodness still
That grants it or denies.


Source: The Lutheran Hymnal #22

Author: Joseph D. Carlyle

Joseph Dacre Carlyle was born at Carlisle, in 1759. He became Professor of Arabic in the University of Cambridge, in 1794, and afterwards Vicar of Newcastle-on-Tyne. He was the author of several works. His death occurred in 1804. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >



MARTYRDOM was originally an eighteenth-century Scottish folk melody used for the ballad "Helen of Kirkconnel." Hugh Wilson (b. Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, c. 1766; d. Duntocher, Scotland, 1824) adapted MARTYRDOM into a hymn tune in duple meter around 1800. A triple-meter version of the tune was fir…

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