I set myself against the Lord

I set myself against the Lord. John Leland* (1754–1841).  This hymn was probably first printed in two books published in 1793: Eleazar Clay, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, selected from Several Approved Authors, Recommended by the Baptist General Committee of Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: John Dixon), and John Peak, A New Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Third Edition (Vermont: Alden Spooner, 1793). It had ten stanzas in the meter of 8.8.6.8.8.6:  I set myself against the Lord,Despised his spirit and his word,  And wished to take his place;It vexed me so, that I must die,And perish too, eternally,  Or else be saved by grace.  Of every preacher I’d complain;One spoke thro’ pride, and...

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