1 He sat to watch o’er customs paid,
A man of scorned and hardening trade;
Alike the symbol and the tool
Of foreign masters’ hated rule.
2 But grace within his breast had stirred;
There needed but the timely word;
It came, true Lord of souls! from thee,
That royal summons, 'Follow me.'
3 Enough, when thou wast passing by
To hear thy voice, to meet thine eye:
He rose, responsive to the call,
And left his task, his gains, his all.
4 O wise exchange! with these to part,
And lay up treasure in the heart--
Who now with crown of light doth shine
Among the apostolic line.
5 Come, Saviour, as in days of old;
Pass where the world has strongest hold,
And faithless care and selfish greed
Are thorns that choke the holy seed.
6 Who keep thy gifts, O bid them claim
The steward’s, not the owner’s name;
Who yield all up for thy dear sake,
Let them of Matthew’s wealth partake.
Source: The New English Hymnal #189
|Instances (1 - 4 of 4)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #281||He sat to watch o'er customs paid||He sat to watch o'er customs paid||BRESLAU||William Bright, 1824-1901||LM||1985||Holy Days and Various Occasions | Saint Matthew (Septmber 21)|
|Rejoice in the Lord #265||He Sat to Watch O'er Customs Paid||He sat to watch o'er customs paid||BROCKHAM||William Bright||LM||Matthew 9:13; Luke 5:27; Mark 2:14; Matthew 9:9||1985||Biblical Characters | Matthew; Call and Response ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #2624||He Sat to Watch o'er Customs Paid||He sat to watch o'er customs paid||GLOUCESTER||William Bright||LM||<cite>Hymns Ancient and Modern</cite>, 1889|
|The New English Hymnal #189||He sat to watch o'er customs paid||He sat to watch o'er customs paid||ALFRETON||William Bright, 1824-1901||LM||1986||St. Matthew | September 21st; The Christian Year | Festivals and Other Holy Days: Proper|