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My goal is Christ

Ah tell me not of gold or treasure

Author: William Hunter
Tune: [Ah tell me not of gold or treasure]
Published in 11 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Ah, tell me not of gold or treasure,
Of pomp and beauty here on earth!
There's not a thing that gives me pleasure,
Of all this world displays for worth.
Each heart will seek and love its own;

My goal is Christ and Christ alone,
My goal is Christ and Christ alone.

2 The world and her pursuits will perish;
Her beauty's fading like a flower;
The brightest schemes the earth can cherish,
Are but the pastime of an hour.
Each heart will seek and love its own; [Refrain]

3 Against this tow’r there's no prevailing;
His kingdom passes not away;
His throne abides despite assailing,
From henceforth unto endless day.
Each heart will seek and love its own; [Refrain]

4 And though a pilgrim I must wander,
Still absent from the one I love,
He soon will have me with him yonder,
In his own glory-worlds above.
Triumphantly I therefore own; [Refrain]

Source: Triumphant Songs No.1 #2

Author: William Hunter

Hunter, William, D.D, son of John Hunter, was born near Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland, May 26, 1811. He removed to America in 1817, and entered Madison College in 1830. For some time he edited the Conference Journal, and the Christian Advocate. In 1855 he was appointed Professor of Hebrew in Alleghany College: and subsequently Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at Alliance, Stark Country, Ohio. He died in 1877. He edited Minstrel of Zion, 1845; Select Melodies, 1851; and Songs of Devotion, 1859. His hymns, over 125 in all, appeared in these works. Some of these have been translated into various Indian languages. The best known are :— 1. A home in heaven; what a joyful thought. Heaven a Home. From his Minstrel of Zion, 1… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ah tell me not of gold or treasure
Title: My goal is Christ
Author: William Hunter
Refrain First Line: Each heart will seek and love its own



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