Mutual Subjection

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Hymn XXVI. Mutual Subjection  (1771) 
by Christopher Smart
From the Hymns for the Amusement of Children (1771).
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HYMN XXVI.

MUTUAL SUBJECTION.


Some think that in the Christian scheme
      Politeness has no part;
That manners we shou'd disesteem,
      And look upon the heart.

5The heart the Lord alone can read,
      Which left us this decree,
That men alternate take the lead
      In sweet complacency.

When his Disciples great dispute
      10Christ Jesus reconcil'd,
He made their sharp contention mute,
      By shewing them a child.[1]

If I have got the greater share
      Of talents — I shou'd bow
15To Christ, and take the greater care
      To serve and to allow.

This union with thy grace empow'r
      More influence to supply;
Hereafter, he that lacks this hour,
      20May be as great as I.


1771


Notes

  1. 9—12. See Mark 9:33—37.
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