I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking 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.
’Twas not so much that I on Thee took hold,
As Thou, dear Lord, on me.
I find, I walk, I love, but oh, the whole
Of love is but my answer, Lord, to Thee!
For Thou were long beforehand with my soul,
Always Thou lovest me.
Words: Anonymous, circa 1880. This hymn’s first publication was apparently in Boston, Massachusetts, in Holy Songs, Carols and Sacred Ballads.
Music: Peace, George W. Chadwick, 1890. Chadwick wrote the tune specifically for this hymn.