Absurd and vain attempt, to bind

Absurd and vain attempt, to bind

Author: Thomas Scott
Published in 48 hymnals

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1 Absurd and vain attempt! to bind
With iron chains the free-born mind,
To force conviction, and reclaim
The wand'ring by destructive flame.

2 Bold arrogance! to snatch from heaven
Dominion not to mortals given;
O'er conscience to usurp the throne,
Accountable to God alone.

3 Jesus! thy gentle law of love
Does no such cruelties approve;
Mild as thy self, thy doctrine wields
No arms but what persuasion yields.

4 By proofs divine, and reason strong,
It draws the willing soul along;
And conquests to thy church acquires
By eloquence which heaven inspires.

5 O happy, who are thus compell'd
To the rich feast, by Jesus held!
May we this blessing know, and prize
The light which liberty supplies.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #445

Author: Thomas Scott

Thomas Scott was born at Norwich, and was the son of a Dissenting minister. After his education he began his ministerial life at Wartmell, in Norfolk, adding also the labours of school-teaching. Subsequently he changed his pastoral relations several times, spending the last years of his life at Hupton, in Norfolk, where he died in 1776. He was the author of some prose works, several poems, and a few hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #445

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #195

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #P83

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #695

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #601

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #121

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The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #366

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #188

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #195

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #188

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d10

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #695

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #695

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #695

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d6

The Christian Hymn Book #d5

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d6

The Providence Selection of Hymns, Supplementary to Dr. Watts. #d1

Universalist Hymn Book #d4

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