Scripture Verse

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs 1707–09, Book 2, num­ber 157. Pre­sump­tion and des­pair: or, Sa­tan’s var­i­ous temp­ta­tions.

Music: Old Mar­tyrs Psalms (Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land: 1615) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lucifer
Gillaume Geefs (1805–1883)

Lyrics

Now Satan comes with dreadful roar
And threatens to destroy;
He worries whom he can’t devour
With a malicious joy.

Ye sons of God, oppose his rage,
Resist, and he’ll be gone;
Thus did our dearest Lord engage
And vanquish him alone.

Now he appears almost divine,
Like innocence and love;
But the old serpent lurks within
When he assumes the dove.

Fly from the false deceiver’s tongue,
Ye sons of Adam, fly;
Our parents found the snare too strong,
Nor should the children try.