Scripture Verse

I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me. Proverbs 8:17


John B. Dykes

Words: Vin­cent S. S. Coles, 1871. Coles, Cur­ate at Wan­tage, used to have large con­fir­ma­tion class­es for young peo­ple, and it was for them that he wrote this hymn.

Music: Di­es Do­min­i­ca John B. Dykes, in the Ang­li­can Hymn Book, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Coles (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


We pray Thee, heavenly Father,
To hear us in Thy love,
And pour upon Thy children
The unction from above;
That so in love abiding,
From all defilement free,
We may in pureness offer
Our Eucharist to Thee.

Be Thou our guide and helper,
O Jesu Christ, we pray;
So may we well approach Thee,
If Thou wilt be the way:
Thou, very truth, hast promised
To help us in our strife,
Food of the weary pilgrim,
Eternal source of life.

And Thou, Creator Spirit,
Look on us, we are Thine;
Renew us in Thy graces,
Upon our darkness shine;
That, with Thy benediction,
Upon our souls outpoured,
We may receive in gladness
The body of the Lord.

O Trinity of Persons!
O Unity most high!
On Thee alone relying
Thy servants would draw nigh;
Unworthy in our weakness,
On Thee our hope is stayed,
And blest by Thy forgiveness
We will not be afraid.