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As one to self-indulgence prone
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

As one to self-indulgence prone.

"Let him deny himself." (Matthew 16,24)

1. As one to self-indulgence prone,
  I call for help, O Lord, to thee;
the help that comes from thee alone,
  that help, O Lord, afford to me.

2. Myself O teach me to deny,
  to do thy will, and not my own;
the needful help, O Lord, supply,
  remove the idol from his throne.

3. The idol I abhor, yet spare,
  that I abjure, yet bow to still;
"the shameful thing" I cannot bear,
  yet suffer to dispute thy will.

4. This idol level with the dust,
  that foul usurper of thy throne;
come down it will, come down it must,
  but thine the work is, thine alone.

5. Nor can I rest, though I should see
  this idol prostrate on the ground,
a mutilated trunk; while he
  e'en thus within thy shrine is found.

6. His presence would pollute the place,
  though stunned, he might arise once more;
resume its throne, and O disgrace!
  be worshipped as he was before.

7. The idol from thy temple cast,
  no fragment of his body spare;
nor let a trace be found at last,
  to tell that he had once been there.

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 180.

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