The World Has Lost Its Charms

Let worldly minds the world pursue

Author: John Newton (pub.1774)
Published in 218 hymnals

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1 Let worldly minds the world pursue;
It has no charms for me:
Once I admired its trifles too,
But grace has set me free.

2 Its joy can now no longer please,
Nor e'en content afford:
Far from my heart be joys like these,
For I have seen the Lord.

3 As by the light of opening day
The stars are all concealed,
So earthly pleasures fade away
When Jesus is revealed.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #638

Author: John Newton

John Newton (b. London, England, 1725; d. London, 1807) was born into a Christian home, but his godly mother died when he was seven, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. His licentious and tumul­tuous sailing life included a flogging for attempted desertion from the Royal Navy and captivity by a slave trader in West Africa. After his escape he himself became the captain of a slave ship. Several factors contributed to Newton's conversion: a near-drowning in 1748, the piety of his friend Mary Catlett, (whom he married in 1750), and his reading of Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ. In 1754 he gave up the slave trade and, in association with William Wilberforce, eventually became an ardent abolitionist. After becoming a tide… Go to person page >

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First Line: Let worldly minds the world pursue
Title: The World Has Lost Its Charms
Author: John Newton (pub.1774)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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