Scripture Verse

Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Introduction

Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 770. Sa­tan wan­der­ing to and fro.

Music: York, me­lo­dy from the Scot­tish Psal­ter, 1615. Har­mo­ny by John Mil­ton, Sr. (1562–1647) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome or Mil­ton (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

All round the globe does Sa­tan trace,
Nor keeps a cer­tain road;
Sworn foe to all the hu­man race,
And ene­my to God.

He forms his plots and lays them deep,
Th’unwary to de­coy;
Lo, now he flies, and now he creeps,
To ruin and de­stroy.

Alluring baits does he pre­sent,
To draw the soul to sin;
Excites to wrath and dis­con­tent,
Works ev­ery lust with­in.

Let rich and poor, and young and old,
Of Sa­tan’s wiles be­ware;
He to pre­sump­tion tempts the bold,
The ti­mid to des­pair.

He wan­ders still from place to place,
And waits th’un­guard­ed hour,
The tru­ly pi­ous to dis­tress,
The wick­ed to devour.

But thanks to our al­migh­ty king,
Who does his pow­er re­strain;
If Je­sus His as­sist­ance bring,
The tempt­er tempts in vain.