11907. The Legion Dispossessed

1 Legion was my name, by nature
Satan raged within my breast;
Never misery was greater,
Never sinner more possessed:
Mischievous to all around me,
To myself the greatest foe;
Thus I was when Jesus found me,
Filled with madness, sin, and woe.

2 Yet in this forlorn condition
When He came to set me free;
I replied to my physician,
"What have I to do with Thee?"
But He would not be prevented,
Rescued me against my will;
Had He stayed ’till I consented,
I had been a captive still.

3 "Satan, though thou fain would’st have it,
Know this soul is none of thine;
I have shed My blood to save it,
Now I challenge it for Mine;
Though it long has thee resembled,
Henceforth it shall Me obey";
Thus He spoke, while Satan trembled,
Gnashed his teeth, and fled away.

4 Thus my frantic soul He healèd,
Bid my sins and sorrows cease;
"Take," said He, "My pardon sealèd,
I have saved thee, go in peace";
Rather take me, Lord, to Heaven,
Now Thy love and grace I know;
Since Thou hast my sins forgiven,
Why should I remain below?

5 "Love," He said, "will sweeten labors,
Thou hast something yet to do:
Go and tell your friends and neighbors,
What My love has done for you:
Live to manifest My glory,
Wait for Heav’n a little space;
Sinners, when they hear thy story,
Will repent and seek My face."

Text Information
First Line: Legion was my name, by nature
Title: The Legion Dispossessed
Author: John Newton
Meter: 87.87 D
Language: English
Source: Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 1
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: BRUXELLES by William L. Mason; CHARTRES, 15th century French melody
Tune Information
Composer: John Hughes, 1872-1914
Meter: 87.87 D
Key: A Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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