1 Now let a true ambition rise,
And ardor fire our breast,
To reign in worlds above the skies,
In heavenly glories dressed.
2 Behold Jehovah's royal hand
A radiant crown display,
Whose gems with vivid luster shine,
While stars and sun decay.
3 Away, each groveling anxious care,
Beneath a Christian's thought;
I spring to seize immortal joys,
Which my Redeemer bought.
4 Ye hearts with youthful vigor warm,
The glorious prize pursue;
Nor shall ye want the goods of earth,
While heaven is kept in view.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799
Now let a true ambition rise. P. Doddridge. [Seek first the Kingdom of God.] Written January 1, 1738/9 [D. MSS.], and published by Job Orton in his posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, 1755, No. 178, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Seeking first the Kingdom of God.” It was also given in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 199.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)