Christ My Song - 1220
If worldly thoughts so much employ
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
If worldly thoughts so much employ.
"Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious."
(1 Peter 2,7)
1. If worldly thoughts so much employ,
and worldly themes yield so much joy,
while God is yet unknown,
with what delight we now should speak
of him who came from heav'n to seek,
and claim us as his own!
2. From us his glory long lay hid,
we loved the world as others did,
no portion else had we;
but he who first sent forth the light,
the Lord removed our mental night,
he gave us eyes to see.
3. His love supplies a boundless theme,
then let us think and speak of him,
who saves his people thus;
he came in mercy from above,
he came upon the wings of love,
and gave himself for us.
4. Dear Saviour, let us never be,
before the world ashamed of thee,
nor shrink from duty's call:
our work to do thee service here,
our hope in glory to appear,
where thou art all in all.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 317.