Why should the dread of sinful man

Why should the dread of sinful man

Author: Susanna Harrison
Tune: JERUSALEM (Grosvenor)
Published in 10 hymnals

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1 Why should the dread of sinful man
Ensnare and vex my soul?
O for that fortitude which can
My every fear control.

2 Shall I offend a holy God,
And sacrifice my peace,
To shun a mortal’s threatening rod;
A friend or two to please?

3 Hard is the task, I must confess,
Where duty thus confines;
Nor can my soul escape distress
Though she to God inclines.

4 Fain would I please both friends and foes,
And follow peace with all,
Nor to one frown myself expose,
But where ’tis duty’s call.

5 I must obey the God I love,
Though all the world contemns;
One smile from Him I prize above
The richest earthly gems.

6 Hark, O my soul, methinks I hear
Jehovah’s awful voice—
“Fear not, thou worm, for I am near,
I will defend thy choice.

7 "While mortal men revile and frown,
I’ll smile upon thy soul;
And thou shalt tread the Tempter down,
While I his rage control.

8 "Trust thou in My almighty name,
Nor let thy faith be weak;
Thy soul shall ne’er be put to shame
Whilst thou My glory seek."

9 Lord, I resign me to Thy will,
Thy wisdom I adore!
I yield to Thee—Thy word fulfill,
And let me doubt no more.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8695

Author: Susanna Harrison

Harrison, Susanna, invalided from her work as a domestic servant at the age of 20, published Songs in the Night, 1780. This included 133 hymns, and passed through ten editions. She is known by "Begone, my worldly cares, away," and "O happy souls that love the Lord." Born in 1752 and died Aug. 3, 1784. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: Why should the dread of sinful man
Author: Susanna Harrison
Copyright: Public Domain



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