Let worldly minds the world pursue

Let worldly minds the world pursue

Author: John Newton (pub.1774); Author (refrain): H. R. Jeffrey (pub.1885)
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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 hath set me free.

Refrain:
Free! free! free!
I am from sin set free!
This world has now no charms for me,
For Christ hath set me free.

2 Its pleasures can no longer please,
Nor happiness afford;
Far from my heart be joys like these,
Now, I have seen the Lord. [Refrain]

3 As by the light of op’ning day,
The stars are all concealed;
So earthly pleasures fade away,
When Jesus is revealed. [Refrain]

4 Creatures no more divide my choice,
I bid them all depart;
His name, His love, His gracious voice,
Have fixed my roving heart. [Refrain]

Source: Timeless Truths #816

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 >

Author (refrain): H. R. Jeffrey

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First Line: Let worldly minds the world pursue
Author (refrain): H. R. Jeffrey (pub.1885)
Author: John Newton (pub.1774)
Language: English

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