1 Abraham, when severely tried,
His faith by his obedience showed;
He with the harsh command complies,
And gave his Isaac back to God.
2 His son the father offered up--
Son of his age, his only son;
Object of all his joy and hope.
And less beloved than God alone.
3 Oh, for a faith like his, that we
The bright example may pursue;
May gladly give up all to thee,
To whom our more than all is due.
4 Is there a thing than life more dear?
A thing from which we cannot part?
We can, we now rejoice to tear
The idol from our bleeding heart.
5 Jesus, accept our sacrifice;
All things for thee we count but loss:
Lo! at thy word our idol dies--
Dies on the altar of thy cross.
6 For what to thee, O Lord, we give,
A hundred-fold we here obtain;
And soon with thee shall all receive,
And loss shall be eternal gain.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #623