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9464. When Men, Pretending To Be Wise

1 When men, pretending to be wise,
Forsook plain nature’s rule,
Their minds in endless mazes lost,
The man became the fool.

2 Tho’ nature showed the One supreme,
Fancy soon marred her book;
And for the God that made the world,
His various works mistook.

3 Sun, moon, and stars, are first adored,
Then man is made divine;
Each people form their guardian god,
And bow before his shrine.

4 The nations still more stupid grow,
And turn to very stocks;
The learned Egyptian’s god behold,
It is a grazing ox.

5 Blush, Israel, blush, the chosen seed
Into like madness run;
Israel first saved, then bid to hear
The Lord their God was one.

6 Their gods above, and gods below,
Let heathen nations frame;
One is our God, and Father, too,
Jehovah is His name.

Text Information
First Line: When men, pretending to be wise
Title: When Men, Pretending To Be Wise
Author: John Needham
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Hymns Devotional and Moral on Various Subjects (Bristol, England: S. Farley, 1768)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Arthur Cottman
Meter: CM
Key: F Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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