I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel. Genesis 3:15
Words: Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795). Published posthumously in Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (London: Burton & Briggs, 1818), number 261.
If you know where to get a good picture of Beddome or Funk (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
When, by the tempter’s wiles betrayed
Adam our head and parent fell,
Unknown before, a pleasure spread,
Through all the mazy deeps of hell.
Infernal powers rejoiced to see
The new-made world destroyed, undone;
But God proclaims His great decree,
Of grace and mercy through His Son.
Serpent, accursed, thy sentence read,
Almighty vengeance thou shalt feel;
The woman’s seed shall crush thy head,
Thy malice slightly bruise His heel.
Thus God declares, and Christ descends,
In human form to bleed and die;
Whilst by His death, death’s empire ends,
And all the sons of darkness fly.
Rising, the King of glory deals
Destruction to His numerous foes;
His power the daring tempter feels,
And sinks oppressed beneath his woes.