Searcher of hearts, to Thee are known

Searcher of hearts, to Thee are known

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 24 hymnals

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Searcher of hearts! to Thee are known
The inmost secrets of my breast
At home, abroad, in crowds, alone,
Thou mark'st my rising and my rest,
My thoughts far off, through every maze,
Source, stream, and issue,--all my ways.

How from Thy presence should I go,
Or whither from Thy Spirit flee,
Since all above, around, below,
Exist in Thine immensity?
If up to heaven I take my way,
I meet Thee in eternal day.

If in the grave I make my bed
With worms and dust, lo! Thou art there;
If, on the wings of morning sped,
Beyond the ocean I repair,
I feel Thine all-controlling will,
And Thy right hand upholds me still.

"Let darkness hide me," If I say,
Darkness can no concealment be;
Night on Thy rising shines like day;
Darkness and light are one with Thee:
For Thou mine embryo-form didst view,
Ere her own babe my mother knew.

In me Thy workmanship display'd,
A miracle of power I stand,
Fearfully, wonderfully made,
And framed in secret by Thine hand:
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I lived, ere into being brought,
Through Thine eternity of thought.

How precious are Thy thoughts of peace,
O God, to me! how great the sum!
New every morn, they never cease;
They were, they are, and yet shall come,
In number and in compass more
Than ocean's sands or ocean's shore.

Search me, O God! and know my heart;
Try me, my inmost soul survey;
And warn Thy servant to depart
From every false and evil way;
So shall Thy truth my guidance be
To life and immortality.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: Searcher of hearts, to Thee are known
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8
Language: English

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