Lord Thou Hast Searched Me

by William Culverhouse

Hear a Recording:

Click on this link. Once on the composer’s website, click on movement IV.

Website: http://www.williamculverhouse.com/listen/


Lord, thou hast searched me and dost know wheree’er I rest, wheree’er I go;
thou knowest all that I have planned, and all my days are in thy hand.

My words from thee I cannot hide; I feel thy pow’r on ev’ry side;
O wondrous knowledge, awful might, unfathomed depth, unmeasured height!

Where can I go apart from thee, or whither from thy presence flee?
In heav’n? It is thy dwelling fair; in death’s abode? Lo, thou art there.

If I the wings of morning take, and far away my dwelling make,
the hand that leadeth me is thine, and my support thy pow’r divine.

If deepest darkness cover me, the darkness hideth not from thee;
to thee both night and day are bright; the darkness shineth as the light!

Learn the notes:



In the recordings below, the featured voice part is a bassoon or horn. Other parts sound like a piano. Letter B is at about 1:00.

Soprano 1

Soprano 2

Alto 1

Alto 2

Tenor 1

Tenor 2

Bass 1

Bass 2

The Original Hymn, “Tender Thought”:

Alice Parker’s arrangement, beautifully sung.

Shape note singing from Cross Keys, Virginia