Innumerable foes Attack the child of God

Author: Joseph Hart
Published in 28 hymnals

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1 Innumerable foes
Attack the child of God,
He feels within the weight of sin,
A grievous galling load.

2 Temptations too without,
Of various kinds assault,
Sly snares best his traveling feet,
And often make him halt.

3 From sinner and from saint
He meets with many a blow,
His own bad heart creates his smart,
Which only God can know.

4 But though the hosts of hell
Be neither weak nor small,
One mighty foe deals dangerous woe,
And hurts beyond them all.

5 'Tis pride accursed pride,
That sin by God abhorred,
Do what we will, it haunts us still,
And keeps us from the Lord.

6 It blows its poisonous breath,
And bloats the soul with air,
The heart uplifts with God's own gifts,
And makes e'en grace a snare.

7 Awake, nay while we sleep,
In all we think or speak,
It puffs us glad, torments us sad,
Its hold we cannot break.

8 In other ills we find
The hand of heaven not slack,
Pride only knows to interpose,
And keep our comforts back.

9 'Tis hurtful when perceived,
When unperceived 'tis worse;
Unseen or seen, it dwells within,
And works by fraud or force.

10 Against its influence pray,
It mingles with the prayer,
Against it preach it prompts the speech,
Be silent, still 'tis there.

11 This moment while I sing,
I feel its power within;
My heart it draws to seek applause,
And mixes all with sin.

12 Thou meek and lowly Lamb,
This hungry tyrant kill,
That wounded thee, though thou wast free,
And grieves thy spirit still.

13 Our condescending God,
To whom else can we go?
Remove our pride whate'er betide,
And make and keep us low.

14 Thy garden is the place,
Where pride cannot intrude,
For should it dare to enter there,
'T would soon be drowned in blood.

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803

Author: Joseph Hart

Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >

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First Line: Innumerable foes Attack the child of God
Title: Pride
Author: Joseph Hart
Language: English



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