Hymn Story: Yield Not to Temptation
Horatio R. Palmer, was an American musician, who was struck with the idea for this hymn in a most unexpected way. One day while working on a music theory exercise, the idea for this hymn suddenly came to him.
Taking out another sheet of paper, he quickly wrote down the lyrics that came to him. Upon completion of the words that flowed from his hand, he discovered that few edits were needed, and the hymn remained as he wrote it.
The song has become a wonderful reminder to all of us, whether young or old, of how to face temptations that face us on a daily basis.
There is a story published by Stanley Stuber, which tells of a riot by the women prisoners at Sing Sing Prison in New York. According to his account, the riot was terribly out of hand and the matron was desperately asking for help to tame the women. “Suddenly a clear, strong voice rose above the clamor and crying of the rebellious prisoners. Yield not to temptation, For yielding is sin; Each victory will help you Some other to win. Fight manfully onward, Dark passions subdue; Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through! A hush stilled the riot. One by one the inmates joined in the song until as one they formed a line and marched quietly back to their cells.”
We all face temptations which we need to remember to yield from.
Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen, and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.