In vain the giddy world inquires

In vain the giddy world inquires

Author: Samuel Stennett
Published in 25 hymnals

Representative Text

1 In vain the giddy world inquires,
Forgetful of their God,
"Who will supply our vast desire,
"Or shew us any good?"

2 Thro' the wide circuit of the earth
Their eager wishes rove,
In chace of honor, wealth, and mirth,
The phantoms of their love.

3 But oft these shadowy joys elude
Their most intense pursuit;
Or if they seize the fancied good,
There's poison in the fruit.

4 Lord, from this world call off my love,
Set my affections right:
Bid me aspire to joys above,
And walk no more by sight.

5 O let the glories of thy face
Upon my bosom shine:
Assur'd of thy forgiving grace,
My joys will be divine.

Source: The Hartford Selection of Hymns: from the most approved authors: to which are added a number never before published (2nd ed.) #CCXLVIII

Author: Samuel Stennett

Samuel Stennett was born at Exeter, in 1727. His father was pastor of a Baptist congregation in that city; afterwards of the Baptist Chapel, Little Wild Street, London. In this latter pastorate the son succeeded the father in 1758. He died in 1795. Dr. Stennett was the author of several doctrinal works, and a few hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: In vain the giddy world inquires
Author: Samuel Stennett
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #600

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Hymns for Christian Melody #366

Select Hymns #d223

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Select Hymns: adapted to the devotional exercises of the Baptist denomination (2nd ed.) #243

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d273

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The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #481

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #1117

Village Hymns #d259

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (Stereotyped ed.) #252

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