Bondage and death the cup contains

Representative Text

1 Bondage and death the cup contains,
Dash to the earth the poisoned bowl!
Softer than silk are iron chains,
Compared with those that chafe the soul.

2 Hosannas, Lord, to Thee we sing,
Whose power the giant fiend obeys;
What countless thousands tribute bring,
For happier home and brighter days!

3 Thou wilt not break the bruised reed,
Nor leave the broken heart unbound;
The wife regains a husband freed!
The orphan clasps a father found!

4 Spare, Lord, the thoughtless, guide the blind,
Till man no more shall deem it just
To live, by forging chains to bind
His weaker brother in the dust.

Source: The Sunday School Hymnal: with offices of devotion #216

Author: Lucius Manlius Sargent

Sargent, Lucius Manlius. (Boston, Massachusetts, June 25, 1786--June 2, 1867, Boston). A layman of independent mans, author of many articles advocating temperance. His temperance hymn beginning "Slavery and death the cup contains" was written during the Washingtonian Temperance Revival and appeared in Adams' and Chapin's Unitarian Hymns for Christian Devotion (Boston, 1846). In the American Methodist Episcopal Hymnal (1878), the first line is altered to read "Bondage and death the cup contains." The hymn is included, with the original wording, in the Universalist Church Harmonies (1895). --Henry Wilder Foote, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Bondage and death the cup contains
Author: Lucius Manlius Sargent

Tune

HAMBURG

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) composed HAMBURG (named after the German city) in 1824. The tune was published in the 1825 edition of Mason's Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music. Mason indicated that the tune was based on a chant in the first Gregorian tone. HAMBURG is a very simple tune with…

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The Sunday School Hymnal: with offices of devotion #216

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The Sunday School Hymnal: with offices of devotion #216

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