It bids me fly and gives me wings

“Run, John, run,” the law commands
But gives me neither feet nor hands.
Yet better news the gospel brings;
It bids me fly and gives me wings.

– After John Berridge (1716-1793)

2 thoughts on “It bids me fly and gives me wings

  1. God gives us a ticket, and the plane is going to take off, with or without us. We don’t have to fly the plane. We just have to get on. But for many of us, being free from the law means being free from expectations. Including expecting to fly.

  2. This quote should be attributed to John Berridge (1716-1793):
    The Salt-cellars: Being a Collection of Proverbs, Together with Homely Notes Theron
    By C. H. (Charles Haddon) Spurgeon. Passmore and Alabaster, 1889. p.200

    “John Berridge wrote:
    Run, John, and work, the law commands,
    Yet finds me neither feet nor hands;
    But sweeter news the gospel brings,
    It bids me fly and lends me wings!”

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