Behold we come, dear Lord, to Thee
Behold we come, dear Lord, to Thee. John Austin* (1613-1669).
First published in Austin’s Devotions in the Antient Way of Offices (Paris, 1668) in seven 4-line stanzas, where it was the first hymn in ‘The Office for Sunday’, appointed for Matins on Sunday. John Wesley* used stanzas 1-6 in his first hymnbook, A Collection of Psalms and Hymns (Charlestown, 1737), omitting the final stanza. Austin’s original text was:
Behold we come, dear Lord, to Thee, And bow before Thy throne;We come to offer on our knee Our vows to Thee alone.
Whate’er we have, whate’er we are, Thy bounty freely gave;Thou dost us here in mercy spare, And wilt hereafter save.
But O, can all our store...
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