Before Thee, Lord, I Bow My Head



  1. 1. Before thee, Lord, I bow my head

    And thank thee for what has been said.

    My soul vibrates; my poor heart sings

    When thy sweet Spirit strikes the strings.

    How sweet thy word I’ve heard this day!

    Be thou my guide, O Lord, I pray.

    May I in patience do my part.

    Seal thou the word upon my heart.

  2. 2. Do thou, O Lord, anoint mine eyes

    That I may see and win the prize.

    My heart is full; mine eyes are wet.

    Oh, help me, Lord, lest I forget.

    So may my soul be filled with light

    That I may see and win the fight,

    And then at last exalted be,

    In peace and rest, O Lord, with thee.

  3. 3. Look up, my soul; be not cast down.

    Keep not thine eyes upon the ground.

    Break off the shackles of the earth.

    Receive, my soul, the spirit’s birth.

    And now as I go forth again

    To mingle with my fellowmen,

    Stay thou nearby, my steps to guide,

    That I may in thy love abide.

Text and music: Joseph H. Dean, 1855–1947