Each mighty power of evil

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1 Each mighty power of evil
How doth the Lord assail?
‘Gainst world and flesh and devil
How doth the Lord prevail?
How doth the Strength supernal
Come down into the fight?
How dost Thou, King eternal,
Win victory for the right?

2 Some mighty man Thou fillest
With holy hate of wrong;
Some tender soul Thou thrillest
With yearnings sweet and strong;
This woe he must diminish,
This wrong he must o’erthrow,
This warfare he must finish,
This evil power lay low.

3 The strength by Thee conferrèd
To others he imparts;
The fire within him stirrèd
Doth kindle other hearts:
By glowing souls attended
He rushed on the foe;
The right is well defended,
The evil power laid low.

4 That army, Lord, Thou leadest,
That warfare Thou dost share;
That victory Thou speedest,
The Lord of hosts is there.
Then send the Spirit fervent,
The fire that never fails;
To lighten each true servant,
Until Thy cause prevails

Source: Hymns of the Kingdom of God: with Tunes #170

Author: Thomas H. Gill

Gill, Thomas Hornblower, was born at Bristol Road, Birmingham, Feb. 10th, 1819. His parents belonged to English Presbyterian families which, like many others, had become Unitarian in their doctrine. He was educated at King Edward's Grammar School under Dr. Jeune, afterwards Bishop of Peterborough. He left the school in 1838, and would have proceeded to the University of Oxford, but was prevented by his hereditary Unitarianism (long since given up), which forbade subscription to the Articles of the Church of England then necessary for entrance to the University. This constrained him to lead the life of an isolated student, in which he gave himself chiefly to historical and theological subjects. Hence his life has been singularly devoid of ou… Go to person page >

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First Line: Each mighty power of evil
Author: Thomas H. Gill
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed the tune in 1835 for use at a missions festival at Blackburn, Lancashire, England. For that festival, which celebrated the three-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in England, the tune was set to Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) “From Greenland's Icy Mountains.”…

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