1 In vain Apollo's silver tongue,
And Paul's with strains profound,
Diffuse among the listening throng,
The Gospel's glad'ning sound.
2 JESUS, the work is wholly thine,
To form the heart anew,
Now let thy sovereign grace divine
Each stubborn soul renew.
In vain Apollos' silver tongue. B. Beddome. [Before Sermon.] Appeared anonymously in Rippon's Baptist Selection, 1787, No. 360, in 2 stanzas of 4 lines In Beddome's (posthumous) Hymns, 1817, No. 588, there is a hymn in 3 stanzas of 4 lines beginning "In vain does Paul's persuasive tongue." The former hymn is either the latter rewritten from 3 stanzas to 2, or the latter is the former expanded. As Beddome supplied Rippon with many of his hymns in manuscript, probably the 1817 text is the original.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)