LET worldly minds this world pursue,
    It has no charms for me;
I once admired its trifles too,
    But grace has set me free.
2  Its pleasures now no longer please,
    No more content afford;
Far from my heart be joys like these,
    Now I have seen the Lord.
3  As by the light of opening day
    The stars are all concealed;
So earthly pleasures fade away,
    When Jesus is revealed.
4  Such things no more divide my choice,
    I bid them all depart;
His name, and love, and gracious voice,
    Have gripped my roving heart.
5  Now, Lord, I would be Thine alone,
    And wholly live to Thee;
O grace! that Thou dost love and own
    A worthless worm like me!
6  Yes! though of sinners I’m the worst,
    I cannot doubt Thy will,
For if Thou hadst not loved me first,
    I would refuse Thee still.
John Newton, 1725-1807