1 O throw away thy Rod!
O throw away thy Wrath!
My gracious Saviour and my God,
O take the gentle Path.
2 Thou seest my Heart's Desire
Still unto thee be bent!
Still does my longing soul aspire
To an entire consent.
3 Not e'en a Word or Look
Do I approve or own,
But by the Model of thy Book,
Thy sacred Book alone.
4 Altho' I fail, I weep,
Altho' I halt in Peace
Yet still with trembling steps I creep
Unto the Throne of Grace.
5 O then let Wrath remove;
For Love will do the Deed;
Love will the Conquest gain with Love
Even strong Hearts will bleed.
6 For Love is swift of Foot,
Love is a Man of War;
Love can resistless Arrows shoot,
And hit the Mark from far.
7 Who can escape the Bow?
That which hath wrought on thee,
Which brought the King of Glory low,
Must surely work on me.
8 O throw away thy rod,
What tho' Man Frailties hath?
Thou art our Saviour and our God:
O throw away they Wrath!
Source: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #B.VII
Throw away Thy rod. G. Herbert. [Discipline.] First published in his posthumous work The Temple, 1633, under the title “Discipline." The earliest attempt known to us to adapt this poem for congregational use was made by John Wesley. In his Collection of Psalms & Hymns, printed at Charlestown, America, 1736-7, it was altered from its 18.104.22.168 metre to S.M. and given as No. vii. of the "Psalms & Hymns for Wednesday and Friday." The first stanza begins:
"O throw away Thy rod!
O throw away Thy wrath!
My gracious Saviour and my God,
O take the gentle path."
The original poem, usually in an abbreviated form, is found in several modern hymnbooks, including the People's Hymnal, 1867; the Congregational Church Hymnal, 1887, and others.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 18 of 18)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #B.VII||Discipline||O throw away thy Rod!||1737|
|A Selection of Hymns ... Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 1st ed #d212||O throw away thy rod||O throw away thy rod||George Herbert||1808|
|A Selection of Hymns from Various Authors, Designed as a Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 3rd ed. #d215||O throw away thy rod||O throw away thy rod||George Herbert||1811|
|Cottage Melodies; a hymn and tune book, for prayer and social meetings and the home circle #23||O throw away thy rod||O throw away thy rod||1859|
|Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #827||O throw away Thy rod!||O throw away Thy rod!||1855|
|Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d629||Now throw away thy rod||Now throw away thy rod||George Herbert||1835|
|Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad854||O throw away thy rod||O throw away thy rod||George Herbert||1872|
|Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #586||Oh, throw away thy rod!||Oh, throw away thy rod!||CAPELLO||1868||The Christian | Conflict wiht Sin|
|Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian worship #586||O throw away thy rod||O throw away thy rod||George Herbert||1871|
|Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #586||O throw away thy rod||O throw away thy rod||George Herbert||1875|
|Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #586||O throw away thy rod||O throw away thy rod||George Herbert||1869|
|Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #586||Oh, throw away thy rod!||Oh, throw away thy rod!||S. M.||1868||The Christian | Conflict wiht Sin|
|Songs of the Church: or, hymns and tunes for Christian worship #589||O throw away thy rod||O throw away thy rod||George Herbert||1879|
|The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #827||O throw away Thy rod!||O throw away Thy rod!||1857|
|The Book of Praise #485||Throw away Thy rod||Throw away Thy rod||HARTLAND||George Herbert, 1593 - 1633||5 5 3 5.||1918||The Christian Life | Aspiration and Prayer|
|The Cambridge Hymnal #115||Discipline||Throw away thy rod||THE GENTLE PATH||George Herbert, 1593-1633||1967|
|The Oxford Hymn Book #313||Throw away thy rod||Throw away thy rod||55 35||1925|
|The University Hymn Book #d247||Throw away thy rod||Throw away thy rod||George Herbert||1912|