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 775. Sa­tan a Dread­ed Ene­my.

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

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


Satan in Paradise Lost
Gustave Doré, 1866

I fear the ser­pent’s hiss,
The prowl­ing li­on’s roar,
The tempt­er’s fas­ci­nat­ing wiles,
And his de­stroy­ing pow­er.

What sub­tle arts he tries,
To draw me in­to sin!
Presents th’al­lur­ing bait, but hides
The bane­ful hook with­in.

He makes fair pro­mis­es
Of safe­ty, peace and joy;
And where his craft does not pre­vail,
He’ll op­en force em­ploy.

A thou­sand forms he takes,
As best may suit his end;
Now a bright an­gel he ap­pears,
And now a hate­ful fiend.

But why should I of him
Be slav­ish­ly afraid?
Jesus, whose heel the ser­pent bruised,
Shall bruise the ser­pent’s head.