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Though we long, in sin wrought blindness

Though we long, in sin wrought blindness

Author: Francis Turner Palgrave
Published in 5 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Though we long, in sin-wrought blindness,
From Thy gracious paths have strayed,
Cold to Thee and all Thy kindness,
Wilful, reckless, or afraid;
Through dim clouds that gather round us
Thou hast sought, and Thou hast found us.

2 Oft from Thee we veil our faces
Children-like, to cheat thine eyes;
Sin, and hope to hide the traces!
From ourselves ourselves disguise;
'Neath the webs enwoven round us,
Thy soul-piercing glance has found us.

3 Sudden, 'midst our idle hours,
O'er our sin thy thunders roll,
Death his signal waves before us,
Night and terror take the soul;
Till through double darkness round us,
Looks a star,--and Tho hast found us.

4 O most Merciful, most Holy,
Light Thy wanderers on their way;
Keep us ever thine, thine wholly,
Suffer us no more to stray!
Cloud and storm oft gather round us;
We were lost, but Thou hast found us.

Source: The Lutheran Hymnary #402

Author: Francis Turner Palgrave

Palgrave, Francis Turner, M.A., eldest son of Sir Francis Palgrave, the Historian, was born at Great Yarmouth, Sept. 28, 1824, and educated at the Charterhouse (1838-1843) and at Oxford, where he graduated in first class Classical Honours. He was scholar of Balliol (1842) and Fellow of Exeter (1846). He was engaged in the Education Department of the Privy Council till 1884, being also Private Secretary to Lord Granville (then Lord President). In 1885 he was elected Professor of Poetry in the University of Oxford. Professor Palgrave's publications include:— (1) Idylls and Songs, 1854; (2) Art Catalogue of the Great Exhibition, 1862; (3) Essays on Art, 1866; (4) Lyrical Poems, 1871; (5) Hymns, 1st ed., 1867; 2nd ed., 1868; 3rd ed., 1870.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Though we long, in sin wrought blindness
Author: Francis Turner Palgrave
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Johann Crüger (PHH 42) composed HERR, ICH HABE MISGEHANDELT for a hymn text of the same name by Johann Franck and then published the two together in his Geistliche Kirchen-Melodien (1649), a collection of psalms and hymns set for four voices, two instruments, and continuo. The tune has appeared in…

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ST. GILES (Dear)



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)
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The Golden Hymn Book #209

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The Lutheran Hymnary #402

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The Westminster Abbey Hymn-Book #389a

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The Westminster Abbey Hymn-Book #389b

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Worship Song #214

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