5761. Religion Is the Chief Concern

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 glittering wealth
Or aught the world bestows;
Nor reputation, food nor 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. O may my heart, by grace renewed,
Be my Redeemer’s throne;
And be my stubborn will subdued,
His government to own!

5. Let deep repentance, faith, and love
Be joined with godly fear;
And all my conversation prove
My heart to be sincere.

6. Let lively hope my soul inspire;
Let warm affections rise;
And may I wait with strong desire
To mount above the skies!

Text Information
First Line: Religion is the chief concern
Title: Religion Is the Chief Concern
Author: John Fawcett (1782)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Hymns Adapted to the Circumstances of Public Worship and Private Devotion, 1782
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: GREEN HILL (Peace)
Composer: Albert Lister Peace (1885)
Meter: CM
Incipit: 33321 44325 54366
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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