Now let the feeble all be strong

Now let the feeble all be strong

Author: Philip Doddridge
Tune: ALSTONE
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1 Now let the feeble all be strong,
And make Jehovah's arm their song;
His shield is spread o'er every saint;
And, thus supported, who shall faint?

2 What though the hosts of hell engage,
With mingled cruelty and rage!
A faithful God restrains their hands,
And chains them down in iron bands.

3 Bound by his word, he will display
A strength proportioned to our day.
And when united trials meet,
Will show a path of safe retreat.

4 Thus far we prove that promise good,
Which Jesus ratified with blood:
Still is he gracious, wise, and just;
And still in him let Israel trust.


Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #70

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

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First Line: Now let the feeble all be strong
Author: Philip Doddridge

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Now let the feeble all be strong. P. Doddridge. [Help in Temptation.] Written June 24, 1739, on 1 Cor. x. 13, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines [D. MSS.], and published by Job Orton in his posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 269, and again in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 294, with the original heading, "Temptation moderated by the Divine Fidelity, Power, and Love," changed, as in the Hymns, 1755, in "God's fidelity in moderating Temptations."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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