Scripture Verse

Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned. Romans 5:12


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 262, alt. Effects of the Fall.

Music: Mar­tyr­dom Hugh Wil­son, 1800. Ar­ranged by Ralph E. Hud­son, cir­ca 1885 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


When Ad­am sinned, through all his race
The dire con­ta­gion spread:
As sick­ness, death, and deep dis­grace
Sprang from our fall­en head.

Satan in strong and hea­vy chains,
Binds the de­lud­ed soul;
And ev­ery fu­ri­ous pas­sion reigns,
Without the least con­trol.

From God and hap­pi­ness we fly,
To earth and sense con­fined;
Lost in a maze of mi­se­ry,
Yet to our mi­se­ry blind.

Whene’er the man be­gins his race,
The cri­mi­nal ap­pears;
And ev­il ha­bits keep their pace
With our in­creas­ing years.

Corruption flows through all our veins,
Our mor­al beau­ty’s gone;
The gold is fled, the dross re­mains;
Oh sin, what hast thou done!

Jesus, re­veal Thy par­don­ing grace,
And draw our souls to Thee;
Thou art the on­ly hid­ing place,
Where rui­ned souls can flee.