Saturday, December 26, 2015

I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew

“He first loved me.”

I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
He moved my soul to it Who sought for me;
It was not I that found, O Savior true;
No, I was found of thee.

Thou didst reach forth Thy hand and mine enfold;
I walked and sank not on the storm-vexed sea;
But not so much that I on Thee took hold,
As by Thy hold of me.

I find, I walk, I love, but ah, the whole
Of love is but my answer, Lord, to Thee;
For thou wert long beforehand with my soul–
Always Thou lovedst me.

Words: Anonymous, Found in One Hundred Holy Songs, Carols and Sacred Ballads. Original, and Suitable for Music, London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1878 [Issued anonymously, but modern scholars credit this as the work of Jean Ingelow (1820-1897] 


Unknown said...

I really like this, is this in lyric only or is there music to? Would love to see it.

R. L. Vaughn said...

This hymn is not one that I knew I tune for, but it looks like the one at he following link seems to be a common tune for these words on
I Sought the Lord, and Afterward I Knew

Karen said...

Hello, there is music to this beautiful piece. In the Trinity Hymnal, the tune PEACE by George Chadwick is used. I am a songwriter and also wrote a new tune for I Sought the Lord, adding a chorus section. Here is the link if you would like to listen to that version on youtube. God bless as you worship Him!

R. L. Vaughn said...


Thanks so much for your comments, mentioning the tune used in the Trinity Hymnal, and especially for the the Youtube link to the tune of yours. Have a blessed day!