Scripture Verse

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts. Psalm 139:23

Introduction

Words: Ot­ti­well Heg­in­both­om, Hymns, 1794.

Music: Pi­e­ty in Har­mon­ia Sacra, by Jo­seph Funk, fifth ed­i­tion, 1851. At­trib­ut­ed to C. J. Stan­ley (🔊 pdf nwc). Note: A Com­mon Me­ter tune can al­so be used with these words, by omit­ting the re­peat­ed lines in each verse.

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Heg­in­both­om or Stan­ley (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Blest Jesus, when my soaring thoughts
O’er all Thy graces rove,
O’er all Thy graces rove,
How is my soul in transport lost—
How is my soul in transport lost—
In wonder, joy and love.

Not softest strains can charm mine ears
Like Thy belovèd name,
Like Thy belovèd name!
Nor aught beneath the skies inspire,
Nor aught beneath the skies inspire,
My heart with equal flame.

Where’er I look, my wondering eyes
Unnumbered blessings see!
Unnumbered blessings see!
But what is life with all its bliss!
But what is life with all its bliss!
If once compared to Thee!

Hast Thou a rival in my breast?
Search, Lord, for Thou canst tell,
Search, Lord, for Thou canst tell,
If aught can raise my passions thus,
If aught can raise my passions thus,
Or please my soul so well.