Tuesday Hymns: “Lord, with Glowing Heart I’d Praise Thee”

Francis Scott Key, a Maryland lawyer, is most famous for his poem which was written on board a ship in the Baltimore harbor during the British attack on Ft. McHenry on the night of September 13, 1814. He was involved in the process of getting Dr. William Beanes released from his incarceration by the British when he penned the words which became the National Anthem of the United States, The Star Spangled Banner. However, that is not the only poem written by the famous author, as our Tuesday Hymn for the week also bears his name.

Lord, with Glowing Heart I’d Praise Thee is a hymn about the love and grace of our living Lord. In it, Key asks the Lord for aid in learning to praise Him as he ought, realizing the truth that it was the Lord who sought him when he was a “wretched wand’rer far astray.” It is sung to the tune, RIPLEY.

Lord, with glowing heart I’d praise thee
For the bliss thy love bestows,
For the pard’ning grace that saves me,
And the peace that from it flows;
Help, O God, my weak endeavor;
This dull soul to rapture raise;
Thou must light the flame, or never
Can my love be warmed to praise.

Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee,
Wretched wand’rer far astray;
Found thee lost, and kindly brought thee
From the paths of death away;
Praise, with love’s devoutest feeling,
Him who saw thy guilt-born fear,
And, the light of hope revealing,
Bade the blood-stained cross appear.

Praise thy Saviour God that drew thee
To that cross, new life to give,
Held a blood-sealed pardon to thee,
Bade thee look to him and live;
Praise the grace whose threats alarmed thee,
Roused thee from thy fatal ease,
Praise the grace whose promise warmed thee,
Praise the grace that whispered peace.

Lord, this bosom’s ardent feeling
Vainly would my lips express;
Low before thy footstool kneeling,
Deign thy suppliant’s prayer to bless:
Let thy love, my soul’s chief treasure,
Love’s pure flame within me raise,
And, since words can never measure,
Let my life show forth thy praise.

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