1 The best of counsels we can give,
As teachers of the word;
That is to shew how christians live,
As pleasing to the Lord.
2 We may enjoy the peace of mind,
As Christians truly ought:
When we endure and are resign'd
To bear our fate and lot.
3 Our gifts and graces we improve,
As God is pleas'd to give;
His grace to grow, in faith and love,
And holiness to live.
4 When we obey that blessed call,
Which we have from above;
Then Christ becomes our all in all,
And we shall walk in love.
5 Where all these virtues do abound,
There is a heav'n begun;
There are the greatest treasures found,
That are beneath the Sun.Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #CXXXI