Before You, Lord, We Bow
By: Francis S. Key

Before you, Lord, we bow,
Our God who reigns above
And rules the world below,
Boundless in power and love.
Our thanks we bring
In joy and praise,
Our hearts we raise
To you, our king!

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

May every mountain height,
Each vale and forest green,
Shine in your Wordís pure light,
And its rich fruits be seen!
May every tongue
Be tuned to praise
And join to raise
A grateful song.

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

And when in power he comes,
Oh, may our native land
From all its rending tombs
Send forth a glorious band,
A countless throng,
With joy to sing
To heavenís high king
Salvationís song!

Hymn # 500
Lutheran Worship
Author: John Darwall
Tune: Darwallís 148th
1st Published in: 1894