1 Retire, vain world, awhile retire,
And leave us with the Lord:
Thy gifts ne'er fill one just desire,
Nor lasting bliss afford.
2 Behold and pity from above
Our cold and languid frame;
Oh! shed abroad thy quick'ning love,
And we'll adore thy name.
3 Make known thy power, victorious King,
Subdue each stubborn will;
Then sovereign grace we'll join to sing
On Zion's sacred hill.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #851
Retire, vain world, awhile retire. [Home Missions.] This is found in the 1828-1829 edition of the American (Old Presbyterian) Psalms & Hymns...of the Presbyterian Church, in 7 st. of 4 1., and again in later collections. In most cases it is attributed to I. Watts, but we have failed to trace it to any of his works. Two centos therefrom are also in common use, both beginning with st. ii., "Blest Jesu, come Thou gently down." The first is in the Presbyterian Psalms & Hymns for the Worship of God, Richmond, U. S. A., 1867, composed of stanzas ii., iv.-vi.; and the second, in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, composed of st. ii., iii., vi., vii. It is usually given for Revival Services and Prayer Meetings.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)