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Before Thy throne O God we kneel




Before Thy throne, O God, we kneel;
Give us a conscience quick to feel,
A ready mind to understand
The meaning of Thy chastening hand;
Whate’er the pain and shame may be,
Bring us, O Father, nearer Thee.


Search out our hearts
and make us true,
Wishful to give to all their due;
From love of pleasure, lust of gold,
From sins which make
the heart grow cold,
Wean us and train us with Thy rod;
Teach us to know our faults, O God.


For sins of heedless
word and deed,
For pride ambitious to succeed;
For crafty trade and subtle snare
To catch the simple unaware;
For lives bereft of purpose high,
Forgive, forgive, O Lord, we cry.


Let the fierce fires,
which burn and try,
Our inmost spirits purify:
Consume the ill;
purge out the shame;
O God! be with us in the flame;
A newborn people may we rise,
More pure, more true,
more nobly wise.


---Alternative verses---


Search out our hearts
and make us true;
help us to give to all their due.
From love of pleasure, lust of gold,
from sins which make
the heart grow cold,
wean us and train us with thy rod;
teach us to know our faults, O God.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates:
      Bible Refs: Ps 25:18;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1954# 884
      1940# 499
      1982# 574
      MUSIC
      Name: ST. PETERSBURG
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1825
        LIST OF MUSIC SOURCES
        Hymn/Song Book Song # Key
        # 321C
        # 682C
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 8 8 8 8 8
        8 8 8 8 8 8

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