1 Astonished and distressed,
I turn my eyes within;
My heart with loads of guilt oppressed
The source of every sin.
2 What crowds of evil thoughts,
What vile affections there!
Envy and pride, deceit and guile,
Distrust and slavish fear.
3 Almighty King of saints!
These tyrant lusts subdue;
Drive the old serpent from his seat,
And all my powers renew.
4 This done,–my cheerful voice
Shall loud hosannas raise;
My heart shall glow with gratitude,
My lips be filled with praise.
Source: Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #406
|First Line:||Astonished and distressed|
|Author:||Benjamin Beddome (1787)|
|Source:||Appeared posthumously in Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (London: Burton and Briggs,1818); John Rippon, A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, 1787|
Astonished and distressed. B. Beddome. [Lent.] Contributed to Rippon's Selection 1787, No. 40, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines and headed "The evil heart." From Rippon it has passed into several selections, and is found in use at the present time both in Great Britain and America, sometimes in an altered form. Original text as above. A revised version of the text was given in the posthumous edition of Beddome's Hymns, edited by B. Hall, 1817, No. 469. This is not in common use. In some collections this hymn is attributed to Toplady. This error arose out of the fact that Walter Row included it in his unsatisfactory edition of Toplady's Works. [William T. Brooke]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)