"Lord, We Come Before Thee Now"
by William Hammond, 1719-1783
THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)
1. 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?
2. Lord, on Thee our souls depend;
In compassion now descend,
Fill our hearts with Thy rich grace,
Tune our lips to sing Thy praise.
3. In Thine own appointed way
Now we seek Thee, here we stay.
Lord, we know not how to go
Till a blessing Thou bestow.
4. Send some message from Thy Word
That may peace and joy afford;
Let Thy Spirit now impart
Full salvation to each heart.
5. Comfort those who weep and mourn,
Let the time of joy return;
Those that are cast down lift up,
Make them strong in faith and hope.
6. Grant that all may seek and find
Thee a gracious God and kind.
Heal the sick, the captive free;
Let us all rejoice in Thee.
Hymn #18 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Ps. 27:8
Author: William Hammond, 1745
Cento: Martin Madan, 1760
Composer: Justin H. Knecht, 1797