• “My soul was filled and overwhelmed with light, and love, and joy in the Holy Ghost, and seemed just ready to go away from the body. I could scarcely refrain from expressing my joy aloud, in the midst of the service. I had in the mean time, an overwhelming sense of the glory of God, as the Great Eternal All, and of the happiness of having my own will entirely subdued to his will. I knew that the foretaste of glory, which I then had in my soul, came from him, that I certainly should go to him, and should, as it were, drop into the Divine Being, and be swallowed up in God.” – Sarah Edwards, wife of Jonathan Edwards

Freedom in Prison by Madame Guyon

A little bird I am,
Shut from the fields of air;
And in my cage I sit and sing
To Him who place me there;
Well pleased a prisoner to be,
Because, my God, it pleases Thee.

My cage confines me round;
Abroad I cannot fly;
But though my wing is closely bound,
My heart’s at liberty.
My prison walls can not control
The flight, the freedom of my soul.

Oh, it is good to soar
These bolts and bars above,
To Him whose purpose I adore,
Whose providence I love:
And in thy mighty will to find
The joy, the freedom of the mind.
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4 Responses to Freedom in Prison by Madame Guyon

  • Donald Zoller says:

    I am preparing a booklet on "Learning to Suffer God's Way." The booklet will be included in an international ministry offering that will reach out to those who are suffering throughout the world for various reasons. I am including Madame Guyon's poem, Freedom in Prison, as shown above. To give an accurate citation and, as needed, a permission use statement, I need to know who holds the copyright to this poem, or is it in the public domain? Can you give such a permission? You early response is appreciated. Thank you.

    • womenof7 says:

      Here is another place that is definitely in the public domain. Scroll down the the "Selections of Poetry" https://archive.org/stream/lettersofmadamgu30083gut/pg30083.txt

    • womenof7 says:

      Hi Donald, Most, if not all, of her books are in the public Domain. There are actually 2 different versions of this poem. One is actually a hymn. The other you find on this website. Here are 2 links to the hymn. http://books.google.com/books?id=smYiQx120gYC&pg=PA279&dq=freedom+from+prison+guyon&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xwtsU4OXN8OpyAT_sIDwCA&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=freedom%20from%20prison%20guyon&f=false http://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/724 Whether it's in the public domain or not..I am not sure. More than likely it is. If it wasn't public domain, I would not have posted it here on this website without a copyright citation, unless by accident. I would love to seek the booklet when it is finished if possible. Blessings in the Lord, Michelle

  • Pat says:

    Amen is all one can say

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