Temptation in the Wilderness

For forty mystic days

Author: George Richards
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 For forty mystic days,
Unknown to man their length,
Thy foe, the foe of God with man,
Exerted all his strength.

2 No finite mind can tell,
The conflicts of those hours:
Nor ought but infinite conceive
Of Satan's wily pow'rs.

3 Was it to wreathe thy brow
With vict'ry's bright'ning wreath?
To give thyself a royal crown
That thus thou fought'st with death?

4 No—surely no—For man
The combat was begun—
For man 'twas finish'd—'tis complete—
for man the battle's won.

5 Eternal praise await,
Thy glorious, blessed name;
Thou Captain of Salvation's hosts,
All suff'ring, conqu'ring Lamb.

Source: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and original, designed for the use of the Church Universal in public and private devotion #CXXI

Author: George Richards

Richards, George, born near Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1755. For some years he was Purser and Chaplain in the United States Navy, and also taught a school in Boston. In 1789 he became an Universalist preacher, ministered at Portsmouth, New Haven, 1793-1809, and from 1809 in Philadelphia, where, his mind having given way under trouble, he died by his own hand, March 16, 1816. With S. Lane he edited the Universalist Hymn Book, published at Boston, 1792. This was one of the earliest collections of that body. It contained 49 of Richards's hymns. In 1801 he published A Collection of Hymns, Dover, New Hampshire, which contained 6 additional hymns by himself, and in 1806, also at Dover, a second edition of the same, greatly enlarged, with anothe… Go to person page >

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First Line: For forty mystic days
Title: Temptation in the Wilderness
Author: George Richards
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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