When converts first begin to sing

When converts first begin to sing

Author: J. Dowling
Tune: THE YOUNG CONVERT (Hill)
Published in 68 hymnals

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1 When converts first begin to sing
Their happy souls are on the wing;
Their theme is all redeeming love,
Fain would they be with Christ above.

2 With admiration they behold
The love of Christ that can't be told,
They view themselves upon the shore,
And think the battle all is o'er.

3 They feel themselves quite free from pain,
And think their enemies are slain;
They make no doubt but all is well,
And Satan is cast down to hell.

4 They wonder why old saints don't sing,
And make the heavenly arches ring,
Ring with melodious joyful sound,
Because a prodigal is found.

5 But 'tis not long before they feel
Their feeble souls begin to reel,
They think their former hopes are vain,
For they are bound in Satan's chain.

6 The morning that did shine so bright,
Is turned to the shades of night;
Their hearts that did with music sing,
Are now untuned in ev'ry string.

7 O! foolish child, why didst thou boast
In the enlargement of thy coast?
Why dost thou think to fly away,
Before thou leav'st this feeble clay?

8 Come take up arms and face the field,
Come gird on harness, sword and shield,
Stand fast in faith, fight for your king,
And soon the victory you shall win.

9 When Satan comes to tempt your minds,
Then meet him with these blessed lines:
For Christ our Lord has swept the field,
And we're determined not to yield.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: J. Dowling

Dowling, John. (Pavensey, Sussex, England, May 12, 1807--July 4, 1878, Middletown, New York). Baptist. Father of Rev. George Thomas Dowling. Educated in England; received D.D. from Transylvania University in 1846. Pastorates in Catskill, New York, 1832-1834; Newport, Rhode Island, 1834-1836; New York, New York, 1844-1852, 1856-1868; Philadelphia, 1852-1856; Newark, New Jersey. Author of various works, including Exposition of the Prophecies (1840), Defence of the Protestant Scriptures (1843), History of Romanism (1845). Edited and translated other works. In 1849, published A New Collection of Hymns, Designed Especially for Use in Conference and Prayer Meetings, and Fmaily Worship (New York: Edward H. Fletcher). The seven hymns in this collec… Go to person page >

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First Line: When converts first begin to sing
Author: J. Dowling
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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