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.
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.