Scripture Verse

Bow down Thine ear, O Lord, hear me. Psalm 86:1


Words: Ano­ny­mous, be­fore the 11th Cen­tu­ry (An­nue Chris­te sae­cu­lo­rum Do­mi­ne). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Tho­mas A. La­cey in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 174.

Music: An­nue Chris­te Fran­çois de la Feil­lée, Nou­velle Mé­thode du plain-chant 1782 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Thomas A. Lacey (1853–1931)


Lord of cre­ation, bow Thine ear,
O Christ, to hear
The in­ter­ces­sion of Thy
Servant true and dear,
That we un­wor­thy, who have
Trespassed in Thy sight,
May live be­fore Thee where he dwells
In glo­ri­ous light.

O God our Sav­ior, look on Thine
Sealed by the fa­vor shin­ing
From Thy coun­te­nance;
That no false spir­it bring to naught
The souls of price
Bought by the mer­it of Thy
Perfect sac­ri­fice.

We bear the bur­den of
Our guilt and en­mi­ty,
Until Thy par­don lift the heart
From sla­ve­ry;
Then through the spend­ing
Of Thy life blood,
King of grace,
Grant us un­end­ing tri­umph
In Thy ho­ly place.

To Thee the glo­ri­ous Christ,
Our Sav­ior ma­ni­fest,
All wreaths vic­to­ri­ous,
Praise and wor­ship
Be ad­dressed,
Whom with the liv­ing Fa­ther
Humbly we adore,
And the life giv­ing Spir­it,
God for­ev­er­more.