1 Should our minds, to earthly objects cleaving,
Of the mark forgetful prove?
God forbid! All worldly trifles leaving,
Let us fix our thoughts above,
Have with Christ in heaven our conversation,
Keep in view our blessed destination,
As redeemed from this world’s thrall
To pursue our heavenly call.
2 Let us watch and pray and never slumber,
Lest the foe approach unseen;
Cast away whate’er would us encumber,
Fear to touch the thing unclean;
Lest, escaped from the world’s pollution,
We again give way to sin’s delusion,
Ah, ‘twould cause us pungent pain,
Christ to crucify again.
Foster, Frederick William, second son. of William Foster, was born at Bradford, Aug. 1, 1760, and educated at Fulneck, near Leeds, and at Barby in Prussian Saxony. Entering the Moravian Ministry he held several appointments until 1818, when he was consecrated a Bishop of the Moravian Church. He died at Ockbrook, near Derby, April 12, 1835. He compiled the Moravian Hymn Book of 1801, the Supplement of 1808, and the revised edition of 1826. His translations from the German, and his original hymns appeared in that collection. Two of his original hymns are in the Irish Church Hymnal, 1873; (1) "Lord, Who didst sanctify" 1808 (Holiness desired); and (2) "With thanks before the Lord appear," 1826 (Praise of the Saviour). [George Arthur… Go to person page >
Display Title: Should Our Minds, to Earthy Objects CleavingFirst Line: Should our minds, to earthly objects cleavingTune Title: COVENANTAuthor: Frederick William Foster, 1760-1835Date: 1969Subject: The Life in Christ | Holiness