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Absurd and vain attempt, to bind

Absurd and vain attempt, to bind

Author: Thomas Scott
Published in 48 hymnals

Representative Text

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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First Line: Absurd and vain attempt, to bind
Author: Thomas Scott

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches #350

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #350

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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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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #371

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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 #188

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #A64

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

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #371

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 #695

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Hymns #695

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Hymns #695

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Hymns #695

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d6

Sacred poetry #d1

Sacred Poetry #d1

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Sacred Poetry #H.I

Supplement to Watts #d2

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The Baptist Hymn Book #366

The Christian Hymn Book #d5

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d6

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The Christian Psalmist #326

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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #391

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

The Universalist Hymn Book #d4

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The Universalist Hymn-Book #284

Universalist Hymn Book #d4

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Hymns, Selected and Original #695

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

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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #391

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A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy #350

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

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #371

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