1 The new-born child of gospel-grace,
Like some fair tree when summer's nigh,
Beneath Emmanuel's shining face,
Lifts up his blooming branch on high.
2 No fear he feels, he sees no foes,
no conflict yet his faith employs,
Nor has he learned to whom he owes,
The strength and peace his soul enjoys.
3 But sin soon darts its cruel sting,
And comforts sink from day to day:
What seemed his own, a self-fed spring,
Proves but a brook that glides away.
4 When Gideon armed his numerous host,
The Lord soon made his numbers less;
And said, lest Israel vainly boast,
"My arm procured me this success."
5 Thus will he bring our spirits down,
And draw our ebbing comforts low,
That saved by grace, but not our own,
We may not claim the praise we owe.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799