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Blest Lord, behold the guilty scorn

Blest Lord, behold the guilty scorn

Author: Nathan Strong
Published in 16 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Blest Lord, behold the guilty scorn
Of those who hate and mock our praise,
Pity their state and make them turn,
No more to walk in sinful ways.

2 Anxious we see their wretched state,
Who never think of heaven or hell;
They laugh and sport and court the gate
Which opes where endless terrors dwell.

3 If prayer and faith did e'er prevail,
Now help us, Lord, to raise our hands;
Prepare our hearts thy grace to hail,
Then break their soul-destroying band.

4 Lead them to view a sinful heart,
A soul all enmity to thee,
Destroyed, defiled in every part,
Too proud to bow, to blind to wee.

5 Lead them to view a holy law,
Which justly dooms to endless death,
To feel that guilt which Jesus saw,
And prayed forgive, with dying breath.

6 Open their eyes, unstop their ears,
To hear condemning justice sound;
Lord change their hearts, and then their tears
Will witness grief to all around.

7 Once we were blind, like them we strove,
Till sovereign mercy changed our ways;
Lord bow their wills, and make them love,
Then they will join our songs of praise.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: Nathan Strong

Strong, Nathan, D.D., a leading Congregational divine of his day, was born at Coventry, Connecticut, Oct. 16, 1748, and educated at Yale College, where he graduated in 1769. He first studied law, but soon turned his attention to the ministry. In January 1774 he became the Pastor of the First Congregational Church at Hartford, and remained there to his death in 1816. In 1796 he won much repute through his essay on The Doctrine of Eternal Misery consistent with the Infinite Benevolence of God. He founded The Connecticut Evangelical Magazine, in 1800, and also took a prominent part in establishing the Connecticut Home Mission Society in 1801. His degree of D.D. was conferred by the University of Princeton. His services to American hymnology, a… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Blest Lord, behold the guilty scorn
Author: Nathan Strong
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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Instances

Instances (1 - 16 of 16)
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Hymns for Christian Melody #554

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Hymns for Family Worship with Prayers for Every Day in the Week, Selected from Various Authors #130

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Hymns for Family Worship, with Prayers for Every Day in the Week (2nd ed.) #131

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Hymns for Social Worship #372

Hymns of Zion #d27

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #588

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Hymns, Selected and Original #588

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Hymns #588

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors #CCLIV

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns #CCLIV

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The Saint's Harp #90

Village Hymns #d74

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #313

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #313

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Village Hymns for Social Worship, Selected and Original #313

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