At thy feet, O Christ, we lay
At thy feet, O Christ, we lay. William Bright* (1824-1901).
First published in the Monthly Packet of Evening Readings for Members of the English Church (October 1867), and then in the Second Edition of Bright’s Hymns and Other Poems (1874). It became widely known after its printing in the Second Edition of A&M (1875). It is a morning hymn, meditating upon human weakness, but its simplicity of line, and the rhyming couplets, also make it suitable for children. It has been frequently reprinted, usually in five verses, though SofP, BBCHB, and HP shorten to four, omitting the original verse 3:
We in part our weakness know,
And in part discern our foe;
Well for us, before Thine eyes
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