Make me a captive, LordAuthor: George Matheson (1890)
Published in 87 hymnals
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1 Make me a captive, Lord,
and then I shall be free;
force me to render up my sword,
and I shall conqueror be.
2 I sink in life's alarms
when by myself I stand;
imprison me within thine arms,
and strong shall be my hand.
3 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.
4 I only stand unbent
amid the clashing strife
when on thy bosom I have leaned
and found in thee my life.
|First Line:||Make me a captive, Lord|
|Title:||Make Me a Captive, Lord|
|Author:||George Matheson (1890)|
st. 1 = 2 Cor. 12:9-10, Rom. 6:18, 22
st. 2 = Phil. 4:13
This text is the finest example of sustained use of paradox in the Psalter Hymnal. It is built on a series of paradoxes that amplify the New Testament concept of freedom, which can be achieved only by being a servant, or prisoner, of Christ (see 2 Cor. 12:9-10). By their cumulative effect the contrasts between "captive" and "free"; "sink" and "stand"; "my own" and "thine"; "unbent" and "leaned" grip our imagination and powerfully affirm our servanthood to Christ.
George Matheson (b. Glasgow, Scotland, 1842; d. North Berwick, Scotland, 1906) wrote the text during his stay at Row, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, in 1890. It was pub¬lished that same year in his collection of poems and hymns, Sacred Songs, with the heading, "Christian freedom: Paul the prisoner of Jesus Christ (Eph. 3: 1)." The four short-meter stanzas are taken from the first and fourth stanzas of Matheson's original short-meter-double text.
A brilliant student of philosophy at the University of Glasgow and its divinity school, Matheson wrote several important theological and devotional works, including Aids to the Study of German Theology (1874). This achievement is especially noteworthy because of his failing eyesight during his teen years and virtual blindness by the age of eighteen. He had to rely on others, especially his sisters, for all his reading, research, and writing. Matheson was a very able preacher, serving Presbyterian churches in Glasgow; Clydeside Church in Innellan, Argyllshire (1868-1886); and finally St. Bernard's Church in Edinburgh (1886-1899).
Many occasions of worship, especially after the sermon; adult baptism; profession of faith; ordination; times of testimony to the joy of being "captives" of Christ.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (12)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #278||Make me a captive, Lord||Make Me a Captive, Lord||George Matheson||Robert Jackson||220.127.116.11||Philippians 1:13||TRENTHAM||D Major||1991|
|Church Hymnary, Fourth Edition #534||Make me a captive, Lord||George Matheson (1842-1906)||George William Martin (1828-1881); Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900)||LEOMINSTER||D Major||English||2005|
|Complete Mission Praise #455||Make me a captive, Lord||18.104.22.168 D||2000|
|Hymns of Faith #362||Make me a captive, Lord||Make Me a Captive, Lord||George Matheson||Donald P. Hustad||Matthew 10:39; Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 2:20||[Make me a captive, Lord]||D Major||1980|
|Presbyterian Hymnal #378||Make me a captive, Lord||Make Me A Captive, Lord||George Matheson||Samuel Howard; David Evans||22.214.171.124||ST. BRIDE||B Flat Major||English||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #546||Make me a captive, Lord||Make Me a Captive, Lord||George Matheson||Samuel Howard||126.96.36.199||Romans 6:18-22; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Philippians 4:13; Philippians 4; Romans 6:20; 2 Corinthians 12:10||ST. BRIDE||g minor||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #442||Make me a captive, Lord||Make Me a Captive, Lord||George Matheson||Samuel Howard||188.8.131.52||ST. BRIDE||g minor||English||1985|
|Sing Joyfully #409||Make me a captive, Lord||Make Me a Captive, Lord||George Matheson||Donald P. Hustad||[Make me a captive, Lord]||D Major||English||1989|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #421||Make me a captive, Lord||Make Me a Captive, Lord||George Matheson||George J. Elvey||184.108.40.206 D||Ephesians 3:1||DIADEMATA||E Flat Major||English||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #583||Make me a captive, Lord||Make Me a Captive, Lord||George Matheson||Donald P. Hustad||220.127.116.11 D||2 Corinthians 12:10; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 4:1; John 8:36; Matthew 10:39; Luke 22:42||PARADOXY||D Major||English||1990|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #604||Make me a captive, Lord||18.104.22.168||1999|
|Trinity Hymnal #687||Make me a captive, Lord||Make Me a Captive, Lord||George Matheson||Donald P. Hustad||22.214.171.124 D||Matthew 10:39; Romans 6:22||PARADOXY||D Major||English||1990|