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Searcher of hearts to Thee are known The




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.


No word that from my mouth proceeds,
Evil or good, escapes thine ear;
Witness Thou art to all my deeds,
Before, behind, for ever near:
Such knowledge is for me too high;
I live but in my Maker’s eye.


How from thy presence should I go
Or whither from thy spirit flee,
Since all above, around, below,
Exists 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 thy hand;
I lived, ere into being brought,
Through thine eternity of thought.


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


Search me, O God! and know my heart;
Try me; my secret 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.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates:
      Bible Refs: Ps 139;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1851# 107
      MUSIC
      Name: ST. CATHERINE (ST. FINBAR)
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1864,1870
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