My glorious Victor, Prince Divine

My glorious Victor, Prince Divine,
Clasp these surrendered hands in Thine;
At length my will is all Thine own,
Glad vassal of a Savior’s throne.
My Master, lead me to Thy door;
Pierce this now willing ear once more;
Thy bonds are freedom; let me stay
With Thee, to toil, endure, obey.
Yes, ear and hand, and thought and will,
Use all in Thy dear slav’ry still!
Self’s weary liberties I cast
Beneath Thy feet; there keep them fast.
Tread them still down; and then I know,
These hands shall with Thy gifts o’erflow;
And pierced ears shall hear the tone
Which tells me Thou and I are one.
Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Born in England, Moule eventually became the principal of Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge. He was an evangelical Anglican and also closely associated with the Keswick Convention. He was a scholar, but could also speak and write for ordinary people. He wrote hymns, poems, commentaries, expositions on books of the New Testament and books on devotion. This hymn is based upon Exodus 21:5-6. The law in these verses concerns a slave who upon release decides not to leave his master but to remain his slave forever. This portrays the believer's willing and absolute consecration to the Lord for whatever He desires. This poetic hymn extols the freedom of being the Lord's bondslave, the weariness of self's liberties, and the ability of "pierced ears" to hear the Lord's speaking. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin