William Cowper, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 17
By whom was David taught,|
To aim the dreadful blow,
When he Goliath fought,
And laid the Gittite low?
No sword nor spear the stripling took,
But chose a pebble from the brook.
2. 'Twas Israel's God and king,
3. Who ordered Gideon forth,|
To storm th' invaders' camp,
With arms of little worth,
A pitcher and a lamp?
The trumpets made his coming known,
And all the host was overthrown.
4. Oh! I have seen the day,
5. But unbelief, self-will,|
Self-righteousness and pride,
How often do they steal
My weapon from my side?
Yet David's Lord and Gideon's friend,
Will help his servant to the end.
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