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THE HEART TAKEN




The castle of the human heart
Strong in its native sin;
Is guarded well, in every part,
By him who dwells within.


For Satan there, in arms, resides,
And calls the place his own;
With care against assaults provides,
And rules, as on a throne.


Each traitor thought on him, as chief,
In blind obedience waits;
And pride, self-will, and unbelief,
Are posted at the gates.


Thus Satan for a season reigns,
And keeps his goods in peace;
The soul is pleased to wear his chains,
Nor wishes a release.


But Jesus, stronger far than he,
In his appointed hour
Appears, to set his people free
From the usurper's pow'r.


This heart I bought with blood, he says,
And now it shall be mine;
His voice the strong one armed dismays,
He knows he must resign.


In spite of unbelief and pride,
And self, and Satan's art;
The gates of brass fly open wide,
And Jesus wins the heart.


The rebel soul that once withstood
The Saviour's kindest call;
Rejoices now, by grace subdued,
To serve him with her all.


*** alt vers


Each treach'rous thought on him, as chief,
In blind obedience waits;
And pride, self-will, and unbelief,
Are posted at the gates.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1779
      Bible Refs: Lk 11:21-22;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1815# 330
      MUSIC
      Name: BELMONT
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1812
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
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