The Golden Calf
John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 18
|When Israel heard the fiery law,|
From Sinai's top proclaimed;
Their hearts seemed full of holy awe,
Their stubborn spirits tamed.
2. Yet, as forgetting all they knew,
3. Yea, Aaron, God's anointed priest,
|4. Lord, what is man! and what are we,|
To recompense thee thus!
In their offence our own we see,
Their story points at us.
5. From Sinai we have heard thee speak,
6. Some golden calf, or golden dream,
|7. Lord, save us from our golden calves,|
Our sin with grief we own;
We would no more be thine by halves,
But live to thee alone.