Favorite Hymns

Make Me a Captive, Lord

Lyrics by George Matheson, 1890
Music by George J. Elvey, 1868

 1 Corinthinans 7:22
"For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant."

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's master find;
It has no spring of action sure,
It varies with the wind.
It cannot freely move till
Thou has wrought it's 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 lacks the needed fire to glow,
It lacks 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 it's crown resign.
It only stands unbent
Amid the clashing strife,
When on Thy bosom it has leant,
And found in Thee its life.