Three Stages of Life's Great Discovery 04/07/2015


Moody Adams
“Lord, Thy love at last has conquered;
Grant me now my supplication,
‘None of Self and all of Thee.”
—Gregory Mantle

Gregory Mantle wrote, “I very much question whether the change, from absolute selfishness to absolute selflessness, has ever been more effectively described than by Theodore Monod in his well-known hymn.

“The first verse describes Self enthroned as Sovereign:
‘Oh! the bitter shame and sorrow,
That a time could ever be,
When I let the Savior’s pity
Plead in vain, and proudly answered,
‘All of Self and none of Thee.’

“The second verse describes the beginning of love’s conquest, and the shaking of the dominion of Self:
‘Yet He found me; I beheld Him
Bleeding on the accursed tree:
Heard Him pray, ‘Forgive them, Father,’
And my wistful heart said faintly,


‘Some of Self and some of Thee.’
“The third verse describes the anxiety of Self to be re-tained as Prime Minister, if not as King:
‘Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Sweet and strong, and ah! so patient,
Brought me lower, while I whispered,
‘Less of Self, and more of Thee.’

“The last verse describes the complete subjugation of Self by the Christ of Calvary, and the enthronement of Jesus as King:
‘Higher than the highest heavens,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered;
Grant me now my supplication,
‘None of Self and all of Thee.’”


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