618. Before the Lord We Bow

1 Before the Lord we bow,
The God who reigns above
And rules the world below
In boundless pow'r and love.
Our thanks we bring;
In joy and praise
Our hearts we raise
To heav'n's high King.

2 The nation you have blessed
May well your love declare,
From foes and fears at rest,
Protected by your care.
For this fair land,
For this bright day
Our thanks we pay --
Gifts of your hand.

3 May ev'ry mountain height,
Each vale and forest green,
Shine in your Word's pure light
And its rich fruits be seen!
May ev'ry tongue
Be tuned to praise
And join to raise
A grateful song!

4 Earth, hear your Maker's voice;
Your great Redeemer own.
Believe, obey, rejoice,
And worship him alone.
Cast down your pride!
Your sin deplore
And bow before
The Crucified!

5 And when in pow'r he comes,
Oh, may our native land
From all its rending tombs
Send forth a glorious band,
A countless throng,
And, joyful, sing
To heav'n's high King
Salvation's song!

Text Information
First Line: Before the Lord we bow
Title: Before the Lord We Bow
Author: Francis Scott Key, 1779-1843 (alt.)
Meter: 66 66 4444
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Nation
Tune Information
Name: DARWALL’S 148TH
Composer: John Darwall, 1731-89
Meter: 66 66 4444
Key: C Major
Notes: Alternate setting: 528



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