Should our minds, to earthly objects cleaving

Should our minds, to earthly objects cleaving

Author: Frederick W. Foster
Tune: COVENANT (Herrnhut)
Published in 6 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

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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.

Source: Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #475

Author: Frederick W. Foster

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 >

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First Line: Should our minds, to earthly objects cleaving
Author: Frederick W. Foster

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #475

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #625

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Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd ed., revised and enlarged #1019

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #434

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