|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|