Astonished and distressed

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This is an hymn by Benjamin Beddome, published first in John Rippon's Selection, 1787. Another version, apparently authentic, appears in the posthumous collection of his works (R. Hall, 1818). Sometimes attributed in error to Augustus Toplady, which "error arose out of the fact that Walter Row included it in his unsatisfactory edition of Toplady's Works" (John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, 1907). Meter is 66. 86 (S.M.).

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Rippon's Selection, 1787

1. Astonished and distressed
I turn mine eyes within;
My heart with loads of guilt oppressed,
The seat of every sin.

2. What crowds of evil thoughts,
What vile affection there!
Distrust, presumption, artful guile,
Pride, envy, slavish fear.

3. Almighty King of Saints.
These tyrant lusts subdue;
Expel the darkness of my mind,
And all my powers renew.

4. This done, my cheerful voice
Shall loud hosannas raise;
My soul shall glow with gratitude,
My lips proclaim thy praise.

 

Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, 1818

1. Astonished and distressed,
I turn my eyes within;
My heart with loads of guilt oppressed,
The source of every sin.

2. What crowds of evil thoughts,
What vile affections there!
Envy and pride, deceit and guile,
Distrust and slavish fear.

3. Almighty king of saints,
These tyrant lusts subdue;
Drive the old serpent from his seat,
And all my powers renew.

4. Direct my passions right,
New principles instill;
Dispel the darkness of my mind,
And bow my stubborn will.

5. This done, my cheerful voice
Shall loud hosannas raise;
My heart shall glow with gratitude,
My lips be filled with praise.

 

References

  • Beddome, Benjamin. 1818. Hymns Adapted to Public Worship or Family Devotion: Now First Published, From the Manuscripts of the Late Rev. B. Beddome, A. M.. Edited by the Rev. R. Hall. London: Editor. 533 pp. (unnumbered).
  • Julian, John. 1892. A Dictionary of Hymnology, Setting Forth the Origin and History of Christian Hymns of All Ages and Nations, With Special Reference to Those Contained in the Hymn Books of English-Speaking Countries and Now in Common Use. London: John Murray; New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1,616 pp. Revised Edition, 1907 (1,768 pp.) reprinted in two volumes by Dover, New York in 1957.
  • Rippon, John. 1787. A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, Intended to be an Appendix to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns.

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