Scripture Verse

Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 774. The Ac­cus­er.

Music: South­well (Da­man) Will­iam Da­man, Psalmes of Da­vid in Eng­lish Me­ter 1579 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Base tempt­er, hence de­part,
The dread­ful charge with­draw;
Too true in­deed, I’ve oft­en sinned,
But Christ has kept the law.

Shouldst thou with crimes ac­cuse,
The guil­ty charge I own;
But trust the pro­mise and the grace
Of God’s in­car­nate Son.

That bound­less grace and love,
Which thou shalt ne­ver share,
Is the foun­da­tion of my hope,
A re­fuge from des­pair.

Enhanced as is my guilt,
Couldst thou in­crease the score,
I’d fly the swift­er to the cross,
And watch and pray the more.

Satan Before the Lord
Corrado Giaquinto (1703-1766)
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