When first my soul enlisted

When first my soul enlisted

Author: John Newton
Published in 19 hymnals

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1 When first my soul enlisted,
My Savior's foes to fight;
Mistaken friends insisted,
I was not arm'd aright,
So Saul advised David,
He certainly would fail;
Nor could his life be saved,
Without a coat of Mail.

2 But David tho' he yielded,
To put the armor on'
Soon found he could not wield it,
And ventur'd forth with none,
With only sling and pebble,
He fought the fight of faith;
The weapon seem'd but feeble,
Yet prov'd Goliath's death.

3 Had I by him been guided,
And quickly thrown away
The armor men provided,
I might have gain'd the day,
But arm'd as they advis'd me,
My expectations fail'd,
The enemy surpris'd me,
And had almost prevail'd.

4 Furnish'd with books and notions,
and arguments and pride,
I practis'd all my motions
And Satan's pow'r defi'd:
But soon perceiv'd with trouble,
That these would do no good,
Iron to them is stubble,
And brass like rotten wood.

5 I triumph'd at a distance,
While he was out of sight;
But faint was my resistance,
When forc'd to join in fight,
He broke my sword in shivers,
And pierc'd my boasted shield,
Laugh'd at my vain endeavors,
And drove me from the field.

6 Satan will not be braved
By such a worm as I:
Then let me learn with David,
To trust in the Most High;
To plead the name of jesus,
And use the sling of pray'r;
Thus arm'd when Satan sees us,
He'll tremble, and despair.

Divine Hymns of Spiritual Songs, 1802

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

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Author: John Newton

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