1 Fierce passions discompose the mind,
As tempest vex the sea;
But calm content and peace we find,
When, Lord, we turn to thee.
2 In vain by reason and by rule,
We try to bend the will;
For none but in the Savior's school
Can learn the heavenly skill.
3 Since at his feet my soul has sat,
His gracious words to hear,
contented with my present state,
I cast on him my care.
4 'Tis he appoints my daily lot,
And will do all things well;
Soon shall I leave this wretched spot,
And rise with him to dwell.
5 In life his grace shall strength supply,
Proportioned to my day;
In death I still shall find him nigh,
To bear my soul away.
6 Thus I, who once my wretched days
In vain repinings spent;
Taught in my Savior's school of grace,
Have learned to be content.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799
Fierce passions discompose the mind. J. Newton. [Contentment.] Published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book i., No. 131, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and based upon Philippians iv. 11. It is given in a limited number of collections, including Lord Selborne's Book of Praise, 1862-7, where it is attributed to "W. Cowper" in error. It does not bear Cowper's signature, "C." in the Olney Hymns.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 19 of 19)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Collection of Hymns, Original and Select, for the Use of Small Assemblies and Private Christians #d29||Fierce passions discompose the mind||John Newton||1809|
|A Selection of Hymns #d69||Fierce passions discompose the mind||John Newton||1833|
|Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts; containing Dr. Watt's Psalms Abridged; Dr. Watt's Hymns Abridged; Select Hymns from Other Authors; and Select Harmony: together with directions... (2nd. ed.) #SH73||Fierce passions discompose the mind||Cowper||1817|
|Hymns of the Church Militant #400||Fierce passions discompose the mind||1858|
|Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention: with an additional selection #343||Fierce passions discompose the mind||C. M.||1845||Christian Experience ||
|Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d65||Fierce passions discompose the mind||John Newton||1840|
|Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d57||Fierce passions discompose the mind||John Newton||1826|
|Select Hymns: the third part of Christian Psalmody; with directions for musical expression (Stereotype ed.) #73||Fierce passions discompose the mind||John Newton||1823|
|Supplement to Watts: a Selection of More than Five Hundred Hymns, from the Most Approved Authors on a Great Variety of Subjects ... #d128||Fierce passions discompose the mind||John Newton||1832|
|The Advent Harp; designed for believers in the speedy coming of Christ #93a||Fierce passions discompose the mind||1849|
|The American Seaman's Hymn Book: a Collection of Sacred Songs for the Use of Mariners #d61||Fierce passions discompose the mind||John Newton||1826|
|The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #817||Fierce passions discompose the mind||John Newton||1859|
|The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #274||Fierce passions discompose the mind||Cowper||1842|
|The Book of Praise #d80||Fierce passions discompose the mind||John Newton||1865|
|The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors to which are added, a number never before published. #216||Fierce passions discompose the mind||John Newton||1810|
|The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors: to which are added a number never before published #CCXVI||Contentment||Fierce passions discompose the mind||Philippians 4:11||1799||Contentment ||
|The Hartford Selection of Hymns: from the most approved authors: to which are added a number never before published (2nd ed.) #CCXVI||Contentment||Fierce passions discompose the mind||Philippians 4:11||1802||Contentment ||
|The Providence Selection of Hymns, Supplementary to Dr. Watts. #d82||Fierce passions discompose the mind||John Newton||1820|
|The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #D73||Fierce passions discompose the mind||John Newton||1842|