Inward Religion

Religion is the chief concern

Author: John Fawcett
Published in 240 hymnals

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1. Religion is the chief concern
Of mortals here below.
May I its great importance learn,
Its sovereign virtues know.
More needful this than glitt’ring wealth
Or aught the world bestows;
Nor reputation, food, or health
Can give us such repose.

2. Religion should our thoughts engage
Amidst our youthful bloom;
’Twill fit us for declining age
And for the awful tomb.
Oh may my heart, by grace renewed,
Be my Redeemer’s throne,
And be my stubborn will subdued,
His government to own.

3. Let deep repentance, faith, and love,
Be joined with godly fear;
And all my conversation prove
My heart to be sincere.
Preserve me from the snares of sin
Through my remaining days,
And in me let each virtue shine,
To my Redeemer’s praise.

Source: The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #205

Author: John Fawcett

Fawcett, John, D.D., was born Jan. 6, 1739 or 1740, at Lidget Green, near Bradford, Yorks. Converted at the age of sixteen under the ministry of G. Whitefield, he at first joined the Methodists, but three years later united with the Baptist Church at Bradford. Having begun to preach he was, in 1765, ordained Baptist minister at Wainsgate, near Hebden Bridge, Yorks. In 1772 he was invited to London, to succeed the celebrated Dr. J. Gill, as pastor of Carter's Lane; the invitation had been formally accepted, the farewell sermon at Wainsgate had been preached and the wagons loaded with his goods for removal, when the love and tears of his attached people prevailed and he decided to remain. In 1777 a new chapel was built for him at Hebden Bridg… Go to person page >

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First Line: Religion is the chief concern
Title: Inward Religion
Author: John Fawcett
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Religion is the chief concern. J. Fawcett. [Pure Religion desired.] Published in his Hymns, &c, 1782, No. 68, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Nature and Necessity of inward Religion." It is in common use in an abbreviated form, under the original opening line, and also as, "O may my heart, by grace renew'd." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Choice Selection of Hymns. 6th ed. #d215

A Collection of Hymns & Spiritual Songs, for Public and Family Worship #d102

A Collection of Hymns and Psalms for the Use of Singing School and Musical Societies #d125

A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d371

A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion #d212

A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d273

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #442

A Collection of Psalms and Hymns Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship #d268

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #261

A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #d256

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #261

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #261

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #405

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A Collection of Spiritual Hymns #311

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A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #187

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #116

A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book . 27th ed. #d391

A Selection of Hymns #d233

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A Selection of Hymns & Psalms #208

A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs from the Best Authors #d164

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CLXXXVI

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CLXXXVI

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #284a

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors #d317

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d193

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #d50

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, for the use of Sunday Schools #3

Association Songs No.1 #d132

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Baptist Chorals #130

Baptist Harmony #d189

Baptist Songs with Music #d156

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #291

Canadian Sabbath-School Hymn Book #d210

Children's Praise #d117

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Choice Hymns #258

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Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns #243

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Church Harmonies #528

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d591

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Conference Hymns #180

Conference Hymns and Tunes #d90

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Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #148

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Evangelical Hymns #151

Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d208

Family Hymns #d200

General Baptist Hymn Book #d393

Gospel Hymn and Tune Book #d299

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #516

Hymn Book of the Colored M.E. Church in America #d436

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #516

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #541

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #541

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs (New ed.) #58

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d355

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Hymns for Christian Melody #786

Hymns for Conference Meetings and Private Devotions #d106

Hymns for Good Children #d11

Hymns for Schools and Families #d87

Hymns for Schools and Families #d399

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Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #383

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Hymns for Social Meetings #A9

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Hymns for Social Worship #119

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Hymns for Social Worship #224

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Hymns for Sunday Schools #125

Hymns for Sunday Schools, Selected from Various Authoors #d178

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #241

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #241

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Hymns for the Camp. (3rd ed. rev. and enl.) #41

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d405

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Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #98

Hymns of Grace #d353

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Hymns of the Ages for Public and Social Worship #165

Hymns of The Voice of Praise #d215

Hymns of Worship and Songs of the Gospel #d234

Hymns of Zion #d168

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Hymns selected from various authors #529

Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs, including Some Never Before in Print #d260

Hymns, Selected and Original, for Sunday Schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church #d360

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Hymns #813

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Hymns #790

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