Sunday, August 17, 2008

Dagon before the ark

OLNEY HYMNS, Book 1. Hymn 26
John Newton

DAGON before the ark.
Judges 5:4,5

1 When first to make my heart his own,
The Lord revealed his mighty grace;
Self reigned, like Dagon, on the throne,
But could not long maintain its place.

2 It fell, and owned the pow'r divine,
(Grace can with ease the vict'ry gain)
But soon this wretched heart of mine,
Contrived to set it up again.

3 Again the LORD his name proclaimed,
And brought the hateful idol low;
Then self, like Dagon, broken, maimed,
Seemed to receive a mortal blow.

4 Yet self is not of life bereft,
Nor ceases to oppose his will;
Though but a maimed stump be left,
'Tis Dagon, 'tis an idol still.

5 Lord! must I always guilty prove,
And idols in my heart have room? Hos 14:8
Oh! let the, fire of heavenly love,
The very stump of self consume.

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