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Bow Our Hearts

Bow Our Hearts


O Lord, we come this morning

Knee-bowed and body-bent

Before thy throne of grace.

O Lord — this morning —

Bow our hearts beneath our knees,

And our knees in some lonesome valley.

We come this morning —

Like empty pitchers to a full fountain,

With no merits of our own.

O Lord — open up a window of heaven,

And lean out far over the battlements of glory,

And listen this morning.

Image above (and on front-page mastheads) by Aaron Douglas in God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse: Electronic Edition.

Words above: by James Weldon Johnson in God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse: Electronic Edition.

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