Dagon Before the Ark
John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol.1, hymn 26
|When first to make my heart his own,|
The Lord revealed his mighty grace;
Self reigned, like Dagon, on the throne,
But could not long maintain its place.
2. It fell, and owned the pow'r divine,
|3. Again the Lord his name proclaimed,|
And brought the hateful idol low;
Then self, like Dagon, broken, maimed,
Seemed to receive a mortal blow.
4. Yet self is not of life bereft,
|5. Lord! must I always guilty prove,|
And idols in my heart have room?
Oh! let the, fire of heavenly love,
The very slump of self consume.