Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Words: Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs 1707–09, Book 2, number 157.
Presumption and despair: or, Satan’s Various temptations.
Music: Old Martyrs Psalms (Edinburgh, Scotland: 1615) (🔊 pdf nwc).
Now Satan comes with dreadful roar
And threatens to destroy;
He worries whom he can’t devour
With a malicious joy.
Ye sons of God, oppose his rage,
Resist, and he’ll be gone;
Thus did our dearest Lord engage
And vanquish him alone.
Now he appears almost divine,
Like innocence and love;
But the old serpent lurks within
When he assumes the dove.
Fly from the false deceiver’s tongue,
Ye sons of Adam, fly;
Our parents found the snare too strong,
Nor should the children try.