Scripture Verse

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 772. Sa­tan re­sist­ed.

Music: Or­ring­ton Carl F. Zel­ter (1758–1832). Ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son, The Psal­tery (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Wil­kins, Car­ter, 1845), num­ber 158 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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

Carl F. Zelter (1758–1832)


Vile tempt­er, quick be gone,
Thy snares are spread in vain;
Thy fie­ry darts, to wound my soul,
Retort on thee again.

Though in an an­gel’s form,
Through the dis­guise I see;
Thou art an ene­my to God,
A cru­el foe to me.

Thine art­ful stra­ta­gems
Shall teach me to be­ware;
Great is thy cru­el­ty and rage,
And great shall be my care.

Or should I fee­ble prove,
Know, Jesus is my friend;
Through Him thy base at­tempts shall fail,
And in con­fu­sion end.

He con­quered on the cross,
And will new con­quests gain;
Begone, se­duc­er vile, be gone,
Thy snares are spread in vain.