Telos Life Course Book 3 - Ready Obedience - Introduction             Back to TLC Home

(George Matheson 1842-1906)

Make me a captive, Lord,
And then I shall be free;
Force me to render up my sword;
And I shall conqueror be;
I sink in life's alarms
When by myself I stand
Imprison me within Thine arms;
And strong shall be my hand.
My heart is weak and poor,
Until it master find;
It has no spring of action sure;
It varies with the wind.
It cannot freely move,
Till Thou hast wrought its chain;
Enslave it with Thy matchless love
And deathless it shall reign.
My power is faint and low,
Till I have learned to serve;
It wants the needed fire to glow
It wants the breeze to nerve;
It cannot drive the world,
Until itself be driven
Its flag can only be unfurled
When Thou shalt breathe from heaven.
My will is not my own,
Till Thou hast made it Thine;
If it would reach a monarch's throne,
It must its crown resign,
It only stands unbent;
Amid the clashing strife;
When on Thy bosom it has leant
And found in Thee its life.


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