A Hymn of Surrender

Have Mine Own Way, Now

(with sincerest apologies to Adelaide Pollard and Geo. C. Stebbins)

See it my way, plebe
My way’s His way
I am the potter
You are the clay

I will remake you
formed to my will
after berating
you to be still.

Do it my way, grunt
Do it my way
You’re just not trying
Faster today

Whiter than snow your
face looks just now
As in my presence
frightened you bow.

Have mine own way, now
Have mine own way
Wounded and weary,
You need not pray

Pow’r of persuasion
Surely is mine!
I have convinced thee
My will’s divine!

Teach mine own way, slave
Teach mine own way
I hold o’er your mind
Absolute sway!

Broken your spirit
So all shall see
Only and always,
You’ll follow me!

~ Author known, but not telling

Anthem for the Self-Saved Clan

We would never actually sing a hymn like this … would we?

O True Orthodoxy!
(With apologies to Fanny Crosby, W.H. Doane and Robert Lowry)

O true Orthodoxy; great things we have done!
We love thee so much, we’ve abandoned all fun
We’ve yielded our freedom and outlawed all sin
And locked up the life-gate now that we’re all in!

Orthodox! Orthodox! Let the church hear our voice!
Orthodox! Orthodox! But don’t make too much noise!
O come, see it our way; the battle is won!
O true Orthodoxy; great things we have done!

O great Orthodoxy, the litmus of love!
The straight line to glory and heaven above!
The vilest defender of things that deceive
will blunder to contort the things we believe!

Orthodox! Orthodox! Let the church hear our voice!
Orthodox! Orthodox! But don’t make too much noise!
O come, see it our way; the battle is won!
O true Orthodoxy; great things we have done!

Great things it has taught us; great things we have done;
It tells us we’re right when we point out what’s wrong!
But purer, and straighter and greater will be
Our unity when on all things we agree!

Orthodox! Orthodox! Let the church hear our voice!
Orthodox! Orthodox! But don’t make too much noise!
O come, see it our way; the battle is won!
O true Orthodoxy; great things we have done!

– Author known, but not telling