Number: 378
Title: Make Me a Captive, Lord
Composer: Samuel Howard, 1762 Harm. David Evans, 1927
Author: George Matheson, 1890
Theme: Life in Christ

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 heart is weak and poor 
    Until it master find;
    It has no spring of action sure.
    It varies with the wind.

4.  It cannot freely move
    Till Thou hast wrought its chain;
    Enslave it with Thy matchless love,
    And deathless it shall reign.

5.  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;

6.  It only stands unbent
    Amid the clashing strife,
    When on Thy bosom it has leant,
    And found in Thee its life.