Religion is the chief concernAuthor: John Fawcett
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1 Religion is the chief concern
Of mortals here below:
May I its great importance learn,
Its sovereign virtue know!
2 More needful this, than glitt'ring wealth,
Or aught the world bestows;
Nor reputation, food or health,
Can give us such repose.
3 Religion should our thoughts engage,
Amidst our youthful bloom;
'Twill fit us for declining age,
And for the awful tomb.
4 Oh, may my heart, by grace renew'd,
Be my Redeemer's throne;
And be my stubborn will subdued,
His government to own.
5 Let deep repentance, faith, and love
Be join'd with godly fear;
And all my conversation prove
My heart to be sincere.
Source: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #291
Religion is the chief concern. J. Fawcett. [Pure Religion desired.] Published in his Hymns, &c, 1782, No. 68, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Nature and Necessity of inward Religion." It is in common use in an abbreviated form, under the original opening line, and also as, "O may my heart, by grace renew'd."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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