Scripture Verse

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


Philip Doddridge (1702–1751)

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 246: Ap­peal to Christ for the sin­ce­ri­ty of love to Him.

Music: How­ard (Cuth­bert) Eli­za­beth H. Cuth­bert, 1814 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Cuth­bert (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Do not I love Thee, O my Lord?
Behold my heart and see;
And turn each curs­èd id­ol out,
That dares to ri­val Thee.

Do not I love Thee from my soul?
Then let me no­thing love;
Dead be my heart to ev­ery joy,
When Je­sus can­not move.

Is not Thy name me­lo­di­ous still
To mine at­ten­tive ear?
Doth not each pulse with plea­sure bound
My Sav­ior’s voice to hear?

Hast Thou a lamb in all Thy flock
I would dis­dain to feed?
Hast Thou a foe, be­fore whose face
I fear Thy cause to plead?

Would not mine ar­dent spi­rit vie
With an­gels round the throne,
To exe­cute Thy sacr­ed will,
And make Thy glo­ry known?

Would not my heart pour forth its blood
In hon­or of Thy name?
And chal­lenge the cold hand of death
To damp th’im­mor­tal flame?

Thou know’st I love Thee, dear­est Lord,
But O! I long to soar
Far from the sphere of mor­tal joys,
And learn to love Thee more!