Thou Bidst Us Seek Thee Early

Thou biddest us seek Thee early

Author: Jennette Threlfall
Published in 11 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Thou bid'st us seek Thee early,
And we shall surely find;
We come, O blessed Jesus,
Our Saviour true and kind!
We come in time of gladness,
We come in hours of grief,
With childhood's joys so transient,
With childhood's sorrow brief.

2 We have not seen the glory
Which Bethlehem's shepherds saw,
Nor heard the midnight anthem
They heard with wondering awe;
In rapturous haste they sought Thee,
The Christ so lowly born;
We, too, would seek Thee early
In life's rejoicing morn.

3 Lord, give us now Thy Spirit;
Grant us Thy constant grace,
Till, having sought Thee early,
At length we see Thy face;
See Thee in cloudless glory,
The Lamb who once was slain;
And join the host of ransomed
Who follow in Thy train.


Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #147

Author: Jennette Threlfall

Jeannette Threlfall’s (b. Blackburn, Lancashire, England, 1821; d. Westminster, London, 1880) life was extremely difficult: she was orphaned at an early age, and two serious accidents caused her to be an invalid for life. But she bore her misfortune with grace and fortitude and maintained a ministry to many people who came in contact with her. Threlfall wrote devotional verse, which was published anonymously in various periodicals and later collected in Woodsorrel, or Leaves from a Retired Home (1856) and Sunshine and Shadow (1873), which included "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna." Bert Polman… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Thou biddest us seek Thee early
Title: Thou Bidst Us Seek Thee Early
Author: Jennette Threlfall
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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John Bacchus Dykes (b. Kingston-upon-Hull' England, 1823; d. Ticehurst, Sussex, England, 1876) wrote HARTFORD in 1872 for the text “The Voice that Breathed o'er Eden” on the occasion of a friend's wedding. The American tune title HARTFORD refers to the capital of Connecticut. The tune is known…

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Instances (1 - 11 of 11)
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A Hymnal and Service Book for Sunday Schools, Day Schools, Guilds, Brotherhoods, etc. #317

Angelic Songs #d215

Carmina for Social Worship #d257

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Carmina for the Sunday School and Social Worship #138

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Junior Carols #69

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The Children's Hymnal #41

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The Children's Hymnal #193

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The New Children's Hymnal #266a

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The New Children's Hymnal #266b

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The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #317

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Voices of Praise #147

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