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Not By Mighty or By Power

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1 Not by might or by pow’r, saith the Lord of hosts;
All in vain, O ye proud, are your haughty boasts;
For behold, in a breath He your vaunts can still,
And the works are the works of His sov’reign will.

Not by might, not by pow’r,
But by love’s sweet decree, ye shall be made free,
Not by might, not by pow’r,
Saith the conq’ring Lord of eternity.

2 Not with flash of the sword, or with rain of fire,
Shall He come to the nations, their long Desire;
Not with march of destruction, or armed fleet
Shall the Lord of the right His opposers meet. [Refrain]

3 Not with chains of the despot, or cruel wrong,
Midst the cries of the weak to the lordly strong,
But with love for the pavement before His throne,
The Lord of the nations shall claim His own. [Refrain]

Source: Hymns for Today: for Sunday Schools, Young People's Societies, The Church, The Home, Community Welfare Associations, and Patriotic Meetings #67

Author: Jessie Brown Pounds

Jessie Brown Pounds was born in Hiram, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland on 31 August 1861. She was not in good health when she was a child so she was taught at home. She began to write verses for the Cleveland newspapers and religious weeklies when she was fifteen. After an editor of a collection of her verses noted that some of them would be well suited for church or Sunday School hymns, J. H. Fillmore wrote to her asking her to write some hymns for a book he was publishing. She then regularly wrote hymns for Fillmore Brothers. She worked as an editor with Standard Publishing Company in Cincinnati from 1885 to 1896, when she married Rev. John E. Pounds, who at that time was a pastor of the Central Christian Church in Indianapolis. A memorab… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Not by might or by power
Title: Not By Mighty or By Power
Author: Jessie Brown Pounds
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Not by might, not by power
Publication Date: 1897
Copyright: Public Domain


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Hymns for Today #67

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